Popular acoustic innovators Nickel Creek are announcing the "Farewell (For Now) Tour" before they begin an indefinite hiatus as a band.
The 2007 tour will have spring, summer and fall legs, and a number of musicians they have collaborated with throughout their career will make appearances. The Grammy-winning band announced their forthcoming break via Billboard last year as to give their fervent fanbase a chance to see them again.
"We wanted to do this in a positive way and take that last lap before our break. We want to see our fans one more time, and play with the musicians that have inspired us over the years," said Nickel Creek.
Nickel Creek has performed an average of over 100 live shows per year since 2000, building a passionate following in the US and Europe. With their virtuosity, surprise covers, ever-changing setlist, and staggering improvisation — every show is a unique experience. In 2006, their broad appeal secured performances at such diverse festivals as The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Lollapalooza, Merlefest, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and the Cambridge Folk Festival in the UK.
The "Farewell (For Now) Tour" spring dates begin April 12 in Savannah, GA, and wrap May 12 in Salt Lake City, UT, with multiple shows in Texas, Arizona and California, including Coachella on April 27 and the inaugural Stagecoach Festival on May 5. Details on the dates can be found on www.nickelcreek.com. Specifics on the summer and fall runs will be announced at a later date.
Just for the record, nothing bad happened to cause a rift between the band members. There were no dishes flung, insults or instruments hurled at one another. It should also be noted that this year's tour will wrap a few months before Nickel Creek turns 20. Mandolinist Chris Thile points out that he and Sara have done this since they were eight years old. Average bands would have hit this point in their 40s.
Individually, they always explored their craft via solo projects and collaborations, and the band hiatus serves that pursuit. Chris Thile recently released How To Grow A Woman From The Ground, a collection of bluegrass originals and inventive takes on covers such as the first single, "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" by the White Stripes. Siblings Sean and Sara Watkins have been continuing their popular "Watkins Family Hour" in Hollywood, while individually performing and writing. Sean's latest solo effort, Blinders On, was released in 2006.
Nickel Creek's' self- titled debut was issued in 2000. Time Magazine named them "Music Innovators for the New Millennium," and Nickel Creek garnered multiple award nominations and sold almost one million albums. The 2002 release, This Side, captured the Grammy for "Best Contemporary Folk Album." Their third album Why Should The Fire Die? continued their folk-pop innovations, and debuted at Number One on the Independent Album chart when it was released in 2005.