By Sara Spangler, DC Music Live
After a 7-year hiatus Nickel Creek reunited for a US tour supporting their new album, A Dotted Line. Nickel Creek is Chris Thile on mandolin, Sara Watkins on fiddle, and Sean Watkins on guitar. Folk artist Josh Ritter opened the show at Wolftrap Filene Center on Wednesday, August 13 with an acoustic set, playing only with one other guitarist.
Nickel Creek opened their set with fan favorite When In Rome, followed up by Destination from their newest album. Several of their popular instrumental songs such as Scotch & Chocolate and Smoothie Song were peppered throughout the set, along with Elephant in the Corn from their latest album.
Before playing their latest instrumental song Thile mused about the difficulty in naming songs
without lyrics from which to draw a title, much to the crowd’s amusement. Someone from the crowd had heard the bit before, and was prepared with a stuffed elephant which they threw at the stage as Thile was about to announce Elephant in the Corn as the next song.
Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins traded off as lead vocalists throughout the evening. Sara Watkins’ soft but powerful vocals shined on Destination, Anthony and Where Is Love, which was performed to a nearly silent crowd. The trio closed their initial set with energetic hit The Fox, but came back out almost immediately for an encore. Bassist Mark Schatz who is currently touring with Nickel Creek took on a supporting background role during the majority of the show, until the encore which featured him tap dancing up front and center.
Even after 7 years of not touring or recording with one another, Nickel Creek gelled musically as if they had never stopped playing together. We think they were worth the wait, but hopefully they won’t make us wait so long to come through the DC area again.
Get the brand new Nickel Creek album A Dotted Line on iTunes and visit www.nickelcreek.com for more information.
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