Nickel Creek (album)

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Nickel Creek
Studio album by Nickel Creek
Released March 21, 2000
Recorded 1999
Genre Progressive bluegrass
Length 49:34
Label Sugar Hill
Producer Alison Krauss
Nickel Creek chronology
Here to There
Nickel Creek
This Side
Singles from Nickel Creek
  1. "When You Come Back Down"
  2. "The Lighthouse's Tale"
  3. "Reasons Why"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Nickel Creek (2000 - Stylized as NICKELnickel creekCREEK) is an eponymous album by the acoustic/"newgrass" trio known as Nickel Creek. The group had released two albums prior to this, however their earlier albums are no longer in print, and the band redefined their style before the release of Nickel Creek. As a result, Nickel Creek is widely regarded as their debut album. It was released by Sugar Hill Records, and produced by country star Alison Krauss.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriter(s) Length
1 "Ode to a Butterfly" Chris Thile 4:10
2 "The Lighthouse's Tale" Thile, Adam McKenzie 5:03
3 "Out of the Woods" Sinéad Lohan 5:19
4 "House of Tom Bombadil" Thile 3:46
5 "Reasons Why" Sean Watkins, David Puckett 4:08
6 "When You Come Back Down" Tim O'Brien, Danny O'Keefe 3:49
7 "Sweet Afton" Robert Burns 5:37
8 "Cuckoo's Nest" Traditional 2:19
9 "The Hand Song" Watkins 4:26
10 "Robin and Marian" Watkins 4:34
11 "The Fox" Traditional 2:30
12 "Pastures New" Watkins 3:53

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
Certification Sales/
U.S. Billboard 200[2] 125 Platinum 1,002,733
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[2] 13
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers[2] 2
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums[2] 2


  • Chris Thile - Mandolin, Banjo, Bouzouki, Vocals, Harmony Vocals,
  • Sara Watkins - Fiddle, Strings, Violin, Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • Sean Watkins - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • Scott Thile - Bass (Electric), Bass (Acoustic), Bass (Upright)



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c d Chart positions at Allmusic