Nickel Creek (album)

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Nickel Creek
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 2000
GenreProgressive bluegrass
LabelSugar Hill
ProducerAlison Krauss
Nickel Creek chronology
Here to There
Nickel Creek
This Side
Singles from Nickel Creek
Original album release cover
Original album cover for Nickel Creek (2000).jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Nickel Creek is an album by the acoustic/"newgrass" trio 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 bluegrass star Alison Krauss.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriter(s) Length
1 "Ode to a Butterfly" Chris Thile 4:10
2 "The Lighthouse's Tale" Adam McKenzie, Chris Thile 5:03
3 "Out of the Woods" Sinéad Lohan 5:19
4 "House of Tom Bombadil" Chris 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, Chris Thile 5:37
8 "Cuckoo's Nest" Traditional 2:19
9 "The Hand Song" Sean Watkins, David Puckett 4:26
10 "Robin and Marian" Sean Watkins 4:34
11 "The Fox" Traditional, arr. by Nickel Creek 2:30
12 "Pastures New" Sean Watkins 3:53

Original album cover[edit]

The album was originally released with a different cover photo which featured fourth band member Scott Thile. He was also mentioned more extensively in the album credits. Upon his departure from the band, the album was reprinted with a new photo which featured the remaining three members of the band, and Scott's credits were lessened slightly to simply indicate his performance on the individual songs.

Other than photography and booking credits, the track listings, performances, and all other credits are identical on both releases.

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, Lead And Harmony Vocals
  • Sara Watkins - Fiddle, Strings, Violin, Lead And Harmony Vocals
  • Sean Watkins - Guitar, Mandolin, Lead And Harmony Vocals
  • Scott Thile - Electric And Acoustic Bass Guitars, Upright Bass