Nickel Creek 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.
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 credit, the track listings, performances, and all other credits are identical on both releases.