Reissue: Nickel Creek Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Self Titled Album

On November 6th, progressive bluegrass trio, Nickel Creek, is reissuing three of their most timeless albums to celebrate this year’s 20th anniversary of their self titled debut album, Nickel Creek.

Along with the reissue of Nickel Creek, the trio will be reissuing their 2002 and 2005 albums, This Side (which scored the group a GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album) and Why Should the Fire Die? 


Nickel Creek was the culmination of years of hard work, incorporating not only grass roots influences from artists like Krauss and Bela Fleck, but elements of rock, alternative, jazz and even classical music. Members, Chris and Sean, showcased their songwriting skills in songs like “The Lighthouse’s Tale,” “Ode to a Butterfly,” and “Pastures New.” In a recent NPR retrospective, it was said that the album “seemed to speak all these languages at once: unafraid to push the boundaries of its primary genre, and packing the musical chops to bring such an eclectic vision to life… [offering] a critical point along a storied timeline, one whose innovations offer countless connections between the genre’s origins and its future.”


The trio went on an indefinite hiatus in 2006, and pursued their own individual passions after embarking on their farewell tour in 2007. On a journey to explore their own artistic endeavors, the young bandmates pursued multiple lucrative careers. After forming Punch Brothers and collaborating with a wide variety of artists, Chris was named host of Live From Here (formerly A Prairie Home Companion). Sarah ventured on to a successful solo career and co-founded I’m With Her in 2016, alongside Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Sean not only formed the duo, Fiction Family, and released several solo LPs, but went on to score music for the successful Netflix series, Sweet Magnolias, among other films and tv shows. As if their well-deserved achievements weren’t enough, Sarah and Sean also established The Watkins Family Hour. What started as an informal variety show at Los Angeles’ Largo Theatre then turned into an eponymous studio album. 


In 2014, the bandmates reunited to celebrate their 25th anniversary and recorded a best-selling album with Eric Valentine (A Dotted Line), followed by a wildly successful sold-out tour. In 2019, they reunited once more to perform at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre and the infamous Carnegie Hall. 

Click here to pre-order all three LPs (Nickel Creek, This Side and Why Should the Fire Die?) now.

Click to listen to their original self-titled album, Nickel Creek:





Photo by: Shervin Lainez