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Chris Thile is a renowned mandolin player and a founding member of the progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek with Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins.

Thile began recording his first solo album in 1993, with most songs of his own composition. After two more solo albums of all original material, he teamed with mandolin master Mike Marshall for a stunning album of duets called Into the Cauldron, which included forays into jazz, world music, and Bach. In 2004 Chris released Deceiver, a departure from his earlier work which contained a variety of pop/rock/folk influenced vocal numbers. In September 2006, he released a new album entitled How to Grow a Woman from the Ground, which consisted of an extensive bluegrass band, and more traditional tracks than his previous album.

In addition, an announcement was made on the website of Nickel Creek that Thile and his band-mates would be taking an extended hiatus from the band at the end of 2007. He is currently touring with the How to Grow a Band, consisting of members Greg Garrison on bass, Noam Pikelny on banjo, Gabe Witcher on fiddle, and Bryan Sutton on guitar. With the exception of Bryan Sutton, this is the same group of musicians that appear on How to Grow a Woman from the Ground; Chris Eldridge is the guitarist on the album. In 2007 at Carnegie Hall the original quintet from How to Grow a Woman From the Ground performed many songs off of the album and debuted a four movement suite entitled “The Blind Leaving the Blind” under the name of Tensions Mountain Boys.


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  • DrMustang

    Best mandolin player of all time!

    26 Jan 4:49pm Reply
  • TJLinden

    Pretty cool that he won a MacArthur grant for his contributions to the American bluegrass-folk-roots scene! :D

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Vaderling52

    Had the pleasure of meeting him. On, of all things, a whale watching tour in Sitka Alaska

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • fender__fender

    Where i can download this miracle?

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • schwagcast

    Subtle charm and foot-stompin' goodness. Thanks!

    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Cianzeira

    A fucking monster, this guy is XD

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
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    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • JohnnyScoots

    There aren't many mando players as good as Chris Thile in our generation. I am fascinated with his style and delivery.

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Teocinte

    anyone know if there is a recording of his concerto "Ad astra per alas porci"?

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Empty_Skies

    Song for a Young Queen... Masterpiece.

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Piratelovah

    He's so amazing. I wish he'd do another album like Deceiver.

    14 Jun 2009 Reply
  • JaneMoss

    The first time i heard Chris and his amazing talent, i was in HMV record store, Manchester, England, and i could not believe what i was hearing!!! It was the first time i had heard Chris with Nickle Creek and i bought their album straight away! Totally out of this world fingers! Beautiful inspiring music! Well done Chris.

    9 Jun 2009 Reply
  • KaylaSoul

    I love Chris Thile.. i Love Chris Thile!! How to Grown a Band at Mountain Stage in Charleston WV- Great Show.. I LOVE CHRIS THILE!!

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • oneeyedcunt

    why is he so awesome

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • kicky6

    deceiver is a great album

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
  • deejzilla

    Chris's work on the Jon Brion/Of Montreal Remix EP is pretty good. Audio samples on the Amazon site (link below), as well as iTunes.

    9 Feb 2009 Reply
  • X__Truthiness

    "The Believer" is amazing!

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Lastdesigner82

    You part of the reason I love Bluegrass music...keep it up. BTW...GET BACK TOGETHER WITH NICKEL CREEK ONE MORE TIME!

    5 Jan 2009 Reply
  • tbroberg

    "Melvin" is a character from "As Good as it Gets."

    23 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Piratelovah

    Vote for the new picture XD

    13 Jun 2008 Reply
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