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Chris Thile

A virtuoso mandolin player, singer, composer, bandleader, and radio personality, Chris Thile is one of the leading lights of progressive bluegrass. Thile has been at the forefront of bluegrass, creative folk, and roots music since debuting in the mid-'90s. In addition to his work as a solo artist, he is a co-founding member of the Grammy-winning outfit Nickel Creek. He also hosts NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, which he officially took over from longtime host Garrison Keillor in 2016.

Born in Oceanside, California in 1981, Thile grew up in Idyllwild in a musical family and first started playing mandolin around age four. It was while attending a weekly bluegrass show at a local pizza restaurant that he met the brother-and-sister duo of fiddle player Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins. Together, they formed Nickel Creek and recorded two albums before releasing their official debut, 2001's Nickel Creek. Produced by Alison Krauss, the album hit the Billboard 200 and quickly elevated the group's status as rising stars of the progressive bluegrass sound. With Nickel Creek, Thile released a handful of highly regarded albums, including 2002's This Side, which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, 2005's Why Should the Fire Die?, and 2014's A Dotted Line.

On his own, Thile debuted with 1994's Leading Off... and 1997's Stealing Second. Largely traditional bluegrass productions, the albums were particularly impressive considering that he was only 13 years old and 16 years old, respectively, when they were released. They also found him backed by such bluegrass luminaries as Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Alison Brown, and others. That said, the albums were primarily showcases for his growing abilities as a gifted teenage performer.

Thile began to come into his own as a solo artist with 2001's Not All Who Wander Are Lost, for which he took home the title of Mandolin Player of the Year from the Instrumental Bluegrass Music Association. He returned with 2004's Deceiver followed by his eclectic 2006 effort, How to Grow a Woman from the Ground. The latter effort showcased a backing band comprising Noam Pikelny, Gabe Witcher, Chris Eldridge, and Greg Garrison. The group officially changed its name to the Punch Brothers in 2007 and debuted Thile's epic 40-minute, four-movement suite, "The Blind Leaving the Blind," at Carnegie Hall. The suite, along with a handful of other tracks, was included on the group's 2008 debut, Punch. Also that year, Thile collaborated on a recording with acclaimed bassist Edgar Meyer.

A second Punch Brothers collection, Antifogmatic, arrived in 2010, followed in 2011 by Sleep with One Eye Open, featuring bluegrass guitarist Michael Daves. Also in 2011, Thile collaborated with Meyer, fiddle player Stuart Duncan, and legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which took home a Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2013. A further collaboration with Meyer, Bass & Mandolin, appeared in 2014. The following year, Thile was back with the Punch Brothers for The Phosphorescent Blues, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album.

In 2016, Thile was named as the new host of the weekly public radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion, replacing retiring host and co-creator Garrison Keillor. As part of his new role, Thile put together a house band for the program that included Punch Brothers bandmates Paul Kowert and Chris Eldridge, fiddle player Brittany Haas, drummer Ted Poor, and folk singer/songwriters Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan. Despite his newly adopted radio duties, Thile remained an active performer and in 2017 paired with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau for the genre-bending duo album Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau. ~ Matt Collar
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Vol. 1

Title: Sonata For Solo Violin No. 1 In G Minor, Bwv 1001
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 1 In B Minor, Bwv 1002
Title: Sonata For Solo Violin No. 2 In A Minor, Bwv 1003
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Track List: How To Grow A Woman From The Ground

1. Watch 'at Breakdown

2. Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground

3. Stay Away

4. O Santo De Polvora

5. Wayside (Back In Time)

6. You're An Angel, And I'm Gonna Cry

7. How To Grow A Woman From The Ground

8. The Beekeeper

9. Brakeman's Blues

10. If The Sea Was Whiskey

11. Cazadero

12. Heart In A Cage

13. I'm Yours If You Want Me

14. The Eleventh Reel

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Track List: Deceiver

1. The Wrong Idea

2. On Ice

3. Locking Doors

4. Waltz For Dewayne Pomeroy

5. Empire Falls

6. I'm Nowhere And You're Everything

7. Jessamyn's Reel

8. The Believer

9. This Is All Real

10. Ready For Anything

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Track List: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

1. Song For A Young Queen

2. Wolfcreek Pass

3. Raining At Sunset

4. Riddles In The Dark

5. Sinai To Canaan I

6. Sinai To Canaan Ii

7. Club G.R.O.S.S.

8. You Deserve Flowers

9. Eureka!

10. Big Sam Thompson

11. Bridal Veil Falls

12. Laurie De' Tullins

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Track List: Stealing Second

1. Ah Spring

2. Stealing Second

3. Kneel Before Him

4. Bittersweet Reel

5. Alderaanian Melody

6. Hyperdrive

7. Leaves Fall

8. A Night In Mos Eisley

9. Hop The Fence

10. The Game Is Afoot

11. Clear The Tracks

12. Golden Pond

13. Road To Wrigley

14. Ryno's Lament

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Track List: Leading Off

1. Shadow Ridge

2. Slime Rock

3. Holdin' Down The Fort

4. Faith River

5. Panhandle Rag

6. For All It's Worth

7. Shipwrecked

8. Trail's End

9. Salt Creek

10. Old Daingerfield

11. Old Favorite's Medley

12. Chris Cross

13. How Great Thou Art

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Those who wander find there own way of life. Enjoyment till the end.
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18thcentury music
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My Grandfather Robertson . . .
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Looking forward to hearing Chris Thile host Prairie Home Companion!
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Let it rip Chris!!!
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ebamboostage
I detect a bit of Louisiana Cajun, at least it would fit right in.
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Not bad this guy is talented!!
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+4 :P
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ee there are now 1000 e's on the page.
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@John Jay are you saying what kind of animal he is? If so, I heartily agree!!
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dfbishop1
Saw him in concert at Goshen College. The last encore played without amplificatio n made ones hairs stand up. What an artist!!
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saw him with Edgar Meyer at the Chicago symphony center. yes, bragging.
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saw him in concert The Best Awesome Badass
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Grey fox
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YES to Chris Thile!
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tbmarcot
Cut music
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Saw Chris live, that's some hot stuff!
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This guy is cool.
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Thile's no slouch.
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What pickin'!
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I absolutely LOVE the Mandolin and Banjo. Of course Bluegrass music.
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Very good music
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This man blows me away! And nickel creek! Saw them in Philly Friday! I can't stop listening to these extremely talented folks!
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catchilupi
Saw Nickel Creek this past Saturday in Charlottesvi l l e . Blew.Me.Away . Hayloft, performed live, was a standout from their new work and should be what they're promoting on the late night circuit.

Thile is on a completely different plane as his accomplished bandmates, but his voice works so well with Sara Watkins and the synergy between his Sara and Sean is better than any of his other endeavors. So glad to see Nickel Creek back.
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lymant2
I believe nickel creek has a new album out...they were on Jimmy Fallon I was told

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Chris Thile is simply one of the best musicians alive. I saw him on the Michael Dave's tour and they put on an epic performance for like 200 people.
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He just came out with the first of his volumes of Bach Partitas and Sonatas. Those pieces were written for solo violin, and he took them as the were with no arranging to play on the mandolin. It is truly incredible to witness. I can't wait til Pandora can play them.
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Of all the bands that are no longer. I miss Nickel Creek the most...
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love me some chris thile!!!! i wish he could teach me how he does it!
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All that is gold does not glitter. Not all who wander are lost, the old that is strong does not whither. Deep roots are not reached by the frost. That was what I thought about when I saw the title of the album
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Amen to your comment Sarah Beautiful Fingers, what a great asset to have the ability to make music like this.
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Sweet on the ears :)! Relaxing too:)
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rh132868
Dont forget the collaboratio n with yo-yo ma, stuart duncan, and edgar meyer: The Goat Rodeo Sessions.
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cowboy4576
Punch Brothers?
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derek.e.cole
Surprised they didn't mention his crazy head banging when he plays
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he is good
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melodyeducat e
I'm proud to say I'm a Murray State alum and that while I didn't have any classes with Chris, I fondly remember sitting on the steps of Lovett listening to him mess around on several different instruments. Way to go, Chris!
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I saw that concert! In LA? The concerto was all right, the covers he did afterward were amazing!
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theatrething
Saw him in concert a couple of years ago! Incredible! Wasn't thrilled with the concerto, but the folk work is really exciting!
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im new to listening instrumental music and when i created a baroque station, this turned to be a real head turner. true master piece. treasure of music.
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i can't wait to see him play
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scuderi65
Big Fan of Thile he really rekindeled my love of Bluegrass.
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jensarem107
I met thile and spoke with him twice after concerts, and he is a really nice guy. very cheerful and attentive. lots of humble and little ego
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jensarem107
hmmm. no mention of glen philips in thile's bio. hmmmm
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just the greatest use of the mandolin on all aspects of playing from rhythm to melody.
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npr.com/ tiny desk concert w/ Michael Daves. Truly mind blowing!
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Saw him in richmond va a couple a years ago the koolest show ever ALL HAIL TO THE MAGIC BUNNY .
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lachurches
seeing him tonight! can't wait
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I recently had the good fortune and pleasure to see Chris live for the first time. (What can I say? I'm a busy guy.) This will not be the last time. His inventive sense of melody blew me away in a way few other performers have (and I've seen everybody who's anybody in jazz, newgrass and progressive acoustic music).
I was a fan after hearing his discs, but seeing Chris live is a whole different thing. He just walks out on stage, smiles, and proceeds to burn the house down. Play on, dude!
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tammyfsmall
He is as amazing to watch as to listen to.. wonder what he is up to now? Nickel Creek long gone - seen him solo with a lot of the greats... but now new album since how to grow a woman..
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