Review: Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek
“This Side”
(Sugar Hill)

Nickel Creek had phenomenal success in the crowded country music field with their debut eponymous album. It had sold 600,000 copies in the two years that led up to this release. Fans of progressive bluegrass and especially violinist Darol Anger will appreciate this acoustic string ensemble featuring Sara Watkins on fiddle. All members of the trio contribute on vocals and their delicate harmonies make This Side a wonderfully moving and wide-eyed group that reaches from their roots to tasteful contemporary influences in their modern vocal bluegrass.