Not All Who Wander Are Lost (album)

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Chris Thile album cover Not All Who Wander Are Lost.jpg
Studio album by
Chris Thile
ReleasedOctober 9, 2001
LabelSugar Hill
ProducerChris Thile
Chris Thile chronology
Stealing Second
Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Independent Weekly(positive)[2]
The Daily Tar Heel5/5 stars[3]

Not All Who Wander Are Lost is the third solo album by American virtuoso mandolinist Chris Thile. It was released on Sugar Hill in 2001.

The record builds on his previous work in that it is largely bluegrass and newgrass inspired. Although Not All Who Wander Are Lost was Thile's third solo album, it is widely considered his first major one, primarily based on the fact that Nickel Creek's initial success came in 2000 with their platinum debut album.

The picture on the cover of the album was taken in June 2001 in San Francisco before a Nickel Creek show at the Great American Music Hall.[4]


The album's title is taken from a poem in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, "All that is gold does not glitter".

The title of the song "Riddles in the Dark" is also rooted in the works of Tolkien. It is the title of one of the chapters of The Hobbit, the chapter in which Bilbo and Gollum compete in a contest of riddles.

The title of the song "Club G.R.O.S.S." comes from the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. The club was started by Calvin and his stuffed tiger, and stands for "Get Rid of Slimy GirlS."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Song For a Young Queen" (Thile) - 5:27
  2. "Wolfcreek Pass" (Thile) - 4:18
  3. "Raining At Sunset" (Thile) - 7:20
  4. "Riddles in the Dark" (Thile, Fleck) - 3:24
  5. "Sinai to Canaan - Part I" (Thile) - 7:19
  6. "Sinai to Canaan - Part II" (Thile) - 3:57
  7. "Club G.R.O.S.S." (Thile) - 5:46
  8. "You Deserve Flowers" (Thile) - 3:19
  9. "Eureka!" (Thile) - 3:45
  10. "Big Sam Thompson" (Thile) - 5:15
  11. "Bridal Veil Falls" (Thile) - 4:53
  12. "Laurie De' Tullins" (Thile) - 5:14




  • Jenny Anne Bulla - Photography
  • Robert Hadley - Mastering
  • Brent Hedgecock - Photography
  • Scott Thile - Photography
  • Gary Paczosa - Engineer, Mixing
  • Doug Sax - Mastering


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Independent Weekly review
  3. ^ The Daily Tar Heel review
  4. ^ Sara Watkins. ""Nickel Creek Journals"". Archived from the original on June 24, 2004. Retrieved 2004-06-24.. Nickel Creek. June 18, 2001. Retrieved December 1, 2007.