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While the young trio’s earlier recordings showed off their musical prowess, Nickel Creek considered their self-titled 2000 album to be their official debut – presenting the band as the progressive bluegrass act that they had matured into over the years. Originally released on Sugar Hill records, and produced by Alison Krauss, the record incorporates elements of rock, alternative, jazz, and even classical music. Featuring both traditional and original material, Nickel Creek showcased the trio’s unique style, as well as the deft songwriting skills of Chris and Sean on songs like “The Lighthouse’s Tale,” “When You Come Back Down,” “Ode to a Butterfly” and “Pastures New.”

The timing of Nickel Creek couldn’t have been better. It landed in record stores just months ahead of O Brother, Where Art Thou? – the popular Cohen Brothers film, which was underscored by traditional American folk music. The film’s chart-topping soundtrack included performances from a variety of major roots artists and sparked a resurgence of the genre’s popularity.

Nickel Creek, meanwhile, quickly gained momentum. It peaked at No.13 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and would eventually be certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album garnered multiple GRAMMY® and CMA nominations and launched a host of opportunities for the group, who shared the stage with Lyle Lovett, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and Dolly Parton, among others.