Why Should The Fire Die? (Remastered) Nickel Creek

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Label: Craft Recordings

Genre: Country

Subgenre: Bluegrass

Artist: Nickel Creek

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  • 1When In Rome04:16
  • 2Somebody More Like You03:01
  • 3Jealous Of The Moon04:42
  • 4Scotch & Chocolate03:08
  • 5Can't Complain05:35
  • 6Tomorrow Is A Long Time03:36
  • 7Eveline03:11
  • 8Stumptown01:44
  • 9Anthony01:56
  • 10Best Of Luck03:23
  • 11Doubting Thomas03:19
  • 12First And Last Waltz01:54
  • 13Helena04:46
  • 14Why Should The Fire Die?02:51
  • Total Runtime47:22

Info for Why Should The Fire Die? (Remastered)

As Nickel Creek integrated more rock and pop elements into their music, they went in a new direction with their 2005 album – enlisting producers Eric Valentine & Tony Berg. Why Should The Fire Die? features original material such as “When in Rome,” “Helena” and “Jealous Moon.” It also includes a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is a Long Time.” The Billboard Top 20 album earned two GRAMMY nominations; Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Country Instrumental Performance ("Scotch & Chocolate".)

Nickel Creek's third album, Why Should The Fire Die?. Working with producers Eric Valentine and Tony Berg, the platinum-selling band found innovative ways to capture their singular sound, resulting in a record that makes the listener sometimes wonder if there isn’t more than mandolin, guitar, violin and bass at play. Recorded on analog gear, each song is uniquely crafted – some sonically enhanced with vintage plate reverb, while others are recorded around a single stereo-microphone.

Valentine, unlike the band, did not grow up around traditional bluegrass instrumentation and helped Nickel Creek hear new roles for their instruments. He recognized the aggressive potential of their style, which until now, had not been captured on record. “Seeing the band live is a powerful experience. There are a moments where they are just explosive on-stage, and I wanted that in the record,” says Valentine. “I wanted moments on this record, moments where you think, how can three people and their instruments sound this big”

Indeed, Nickel Creek’s live performances have garnered legions of fans in wonder of their virtuosity, and the hybrid of genres that concoct a truly unique sound. Time named them “?Music Innovators for the New Millennium,”? and their 2002 release, This Side, captured the Grammy for “?Best Contemporary Folk Album.”?

The band spent the three years between albums not only touring, but exploring their craft via solo projects and collaborations. Violinist Sara Watkins’ work can be found on many projects including Ray LaMontagne’s Trouble, while sibling guitarist Sean Watkins has found new co-writing partners and side projects. Both can be frequently found sitting in with Jon Brion at his legendary Largo gigs. Thile most recently issued Deceiver, a more rock-influenced album on which he played over 26 instruments, before hitting the road with classical bassist Edgar Meyer. As a band they have performed with not only John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame but also the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The past three years brought a new depth to their playing, and also enriched their songwriting, epitomized by the Chris Thile/Gary Louris song “Jealous of The Moon.” Fans will recognize favorite Nickel Creek songs from live shows – including the blistering instrumental “Scotch and Chocolate,” the powerful “When In Rome,” and the faith questioning “Doubting Thomas.” Sara Watkins’ penned show-stealer, “Anthony,” evokes a 1920-era flavor, while the title track has threads of CSN&Y harmonies.

Ultimately, Nickel Creek hopes that these songs will live beyond the album”?recreated and reinterpreted when fans get together to play in their own jam sessions. “We would love for people to adopt these songs into their lives.”

Chris Thile, mandolin, vocals, mandola, bouzouki, banjo, tenor guitar, stomping
Sara Watkins, fiddle, vocals, ukulele, stomping
Sean Watkins, guitars, vocals, piano, bouzouki, stomping
Additional musicians:
Mark Schatz, bass, stomping
Eric Valentine, drums

Produced by Eric Valentine and Tony Berg

Digitally remastered

Nickel Creek
Nickel Creek's talented trio consists of Chris Thile and siblings Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins. The Watkins first met Thile at mandolin lessons, where they shared the same music teacher. Sean, the oldest of the three, was only 12 years old when they first met, and the Watkins and Thile formed an immediate friendship that ultimately grew into an incredibly successful musical career. This Southern California band first performed at a local pizza shop in Carlsbad, California, and went on to play at numerous bluegrass festivals throughout the country. Eventually, all three children became homeschooled to accommodate their busy touring schedule.

With Chris on the mandolin, Sara on the fiddle, and Sean on the guitar, the three talented young performers attracted significant attention from critics and fans alike. Few people had ever seen such young artists perform bluegrass instruments with such finesse and ease as the young members of Nickel Creek. They released two albums early on in their career: Little Cowpoke (1993) and Here to There (1997), but it wasn't until the group met Alison Krauss that their career really took off. The trio met Alison Krauss at one of their shows, and when they invited her to produce one of their albums, she happily accepted. The self-titled album went on to be the band's most critically acclaimed record, even earning them two Grammy nominations: one for Best Bluegrass Album and one for Best Country Instrumental.

In May of 2000, TIME magazine honored Nickel Creek by naming them one of the "Five Music Innovators of the Millennium". Suddenly, Nickel Creek had achieved major mainstream success, eventually earning a Grammy Award for This Side (2002), another album produced by Alison Krauss. Rolling Stone went on to feature the band in their "Best of 2002" magazine edition. For everyone in the music industry, there's no doubt that Nickel Creek has earned their reputation for one of the best bluegrass acoustic groups around. With so much critical acclaim and praise under their belts, this trio has solidified their place in music as a creative and talented force. And they sure do know how to put on an incredible show, too! Make sure that you get to see this phenomenal bluegrass group perform live and grab your tickets to one of their upcoming shows on StubHub today!

Since the start of their career, Nickel Creek has released six studio albums and eight singles. Some of their most popular singles include "When You Come Back Down", "The Lighthouse's Tale", and "This Side". They also collaborated with Dolly Parton on her hit 2001 single, "Shine". Their self-titled debut record peaked at number 13 on the US country and went on to be certified platinum. Nickel Creek has undoubtedly become one of the biggest names in bluegrass, and with their phenomenal repertoire of tracks, their concerts are always fun and dance-inducing. So don't miss out and grab your Nickel Creek concert tickets on StubHub as soon as possible!

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