ⓘ Chris Thile is an American musician, best known as a member of acoustic band Nickel Creek. He has made six albums as a solo artist and with his band, Punch Brot ..

Chris Thile

ⓘ Chris Thile

Chris Thile is an American musician, best known as a member of acoustic band Nickel Creek. He has made six albums as a solo artist and with his band, Punch Brothers. His first, Leading Off, was released in 1994 when Thile was 13. Thile has also played and recorded with artists like Mike Marshall, Bela Fleck, Glen Phillips, and Edgar Meyer.

Thiles third album, Not All Who Wander Are Lost, was released in 2001. His fourth, Deceiver had all songs written and performed by Thile alone. His most recent solo work was 2006s How to Grow a Woman from the Ground, and Thile released Punch in 2008 with the band Punch Brothers. Also in 2008, Thile will make an album with Edgar Meyer, which will come out in the fall.


1.1. History 1981–1999: Early life and career

Thile was born in Oceanside, California in 1981. When he was two, his family started going to That Pizza Place, where he listened to John Moores band Bluegrass Etc. When Thile was four, his family moved to Idyllwild, California.

He started playing mandolin at the age of five. He took lessons from John Moore. When Thile was eight, Nickel Creek was formed. After playing many music festivals with Nickel Creek, he won the national mandolin contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas at age twelve.

In 1993, Thile was signed to the bluegrass record label Sugar Hill. The next year, he released his first album, Leading Off, and most of the songs were written by Thile. In 1997, Thile released Stealing Second and Nickel Creek released Here to There.


1.2. History 2000–2005: Wander and Deceiver

After Nickel Creek sold 500.000 copies, Thile released Not All Who Wander Are Lost in 2001. The name of the album comes from a quote in J. R. R. Tolkiens book The Lord of the Rings. The album had guest appearances from his Nickel Creek bandmates as well as Stuart Duncan, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas, and Bryan Sutton.

In 2003, Thile and mandolinist Mike Marshall made a duet album called Into the Cauldron, which had covers by artists from Charlie Parker to Bach. The next year, Thile released Deceiver, a pop album on which he played and wrote every song himself. He mainly played his mandolin on the album, but also played electric guitar, piano, drums, violin, viola, cello, and bass.


1.3. History 2006–present: Punch Brothers

In August 2006, Nickel Creek announced in Billboard and on their official website that they would take an indefinite hiatus, which means a break for an unknown amount of time.

Just before this, Thile formed the How to Grow a Band. He made How to Grow a Woman from the Ground, with them. This was Thiles fifth album. In an interview with the Nashville City Paper, Thile talked about the bands start:

The bands members are Thile mandolin, Gabe Witcher fiddle, Chris Eldridge guitar, Greg Garrison bass, and Noam Pikelny banjo. Bryan Sutton also played guitar for the band when Chris Eldridge could not. In 2007, the band changed its name twice: first to "The Tensions Mountain Boys" and then "Punch Brothers."

Punch Brothers released their first album, Punch, on the Nonesuch Records on February 26, 2008. The album has Thiles four piece song "The Blind Leaving the Blind", along with other original songs.


2. Awards and nominations

  • 2007 – IBMA Mandolinist of the Year Nominated
  • 2007 – BBCs Folk Musician of the Year
  • 2006 – Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for "The Eleventh Reel" Nominated
  • 2001 – IBMA award for Mandolinist of the Year
  • 2005 – Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Deceiver Nominated

3. Other websites

  • Chris Thile Interview and Feature Article Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  • Nickel Creeks website
  • How to Grow A Woman from the Ground Review on
  • Punch Brothers Unofficial Fansite Archived 2008-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  • 10 Questions For Chris Thile Interview
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