Nickel Creek’s new album "Celebrants" out today

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Friday, March 24, 2023

GRAMMY Award-winning trio Nickel Creek’s highly anticipated new album, Celebrants, is out today via Thirty Tigers. Stream/purchase HERE.

In celebration of the release, the trio—mandolinist Chris Thile, violinist Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins—performed their song, “Where the Long Line Leads,” earlier this week on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and will return to “CBS Saturday Morning” tomorrow to perform as part of their “Saturday Sessions” series.

Their fifth studio album and first new release in nine years, the record marks a long-awaited return for the beloved trio and explores the inherent dynamics of human connection. Across these 18 tracks, the group addresses love, friendship and time with lyrics both poetic and plain-spoken, as they see bridges built, crossed, burned and rebuilt. Recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A, the album was produced by longtime collaborator Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Grace Potter, Weezer) and features Mike Elizondo on bass.

In celebration of the new music, the trio have extended their upcoming headline tour—their first tour together since 2014—through this fall. Newly confirmed shows include Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel (two nights), Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, St. Paul’s Palace Theatre, Denver’s Mission Ballroom, Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre, Dallas’ Majestic Theatre and Austin’s Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park among many others. See below for complete itinerary. Full details can be found at

Of the project, the band reflects, “This is a record about embracing the friction inherent in real human connection. We begin the record yearning for and pursuing harmonious connection. We end the record having realized that truly harmonious connection can only be achieved through the dissonance that we’ve spent our entire adult lives trying to avoid.”

1. Celebrants
2. Strangers
3. Water Under the Bridge, Part 1
4. The Meadow
5. Thinnest Wall
6. Going Out…  
7. Holding Pattern
8. Where the Long Line Leads
9. Goddamned Saint
10. Stone’s Throw
11. Goddamned Saint, Reprise
12. From the Beach
13. To The Airport
14. …Despite the Weather
15. Hollywood Ending
16. New Blood
17. Water Under the Bridge, Part 2
18. Failure Isn’t Forever

April 15—Cincinnati, OH—Andrew J Brady Music Center*
April 17—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater*
April 18—New Haven, CT—College Street Music Hall*
April 20—Concord, NH—Capitol Center for the Arts*
April 21—Portland, ME—State Theatre*
April 22—Boston, MA—MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park*
April 23—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore*
April 25—Birmingham, AL—Avondale Brewing Co*
April 27—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium* (SOLD OUT)
April 28—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium† (SOLD OUT)
April 29—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡ (SOLD OUT)
April 30—Wilkesboro, NC—MerleFest
May 1—Charlottesville, VA—Ting Pavilion‡
May 3—York, PA—Appell Center for the Performing Arts‡ (SOLD OUT)
May 4—New York, NY—The Rooftop at Pier 17‡
May 31—Charleston, SC—Spoleto Festival
June 2—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern*
June 3—Greenville, SC—Peace Center*
June 4—Lexington, KY—Railbird Festival (SOLD OUT)
June 6—Akron, OH—E.J. Thomas Hall*
June 8—Grand Rapids, MI—Venue TBA* (on-sale May 5)
June 9—Chicago, IL—The Salt Shed*
June 10—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater*
June 11—Chesterfield, MO—The Factory at The District*
June 13—Kansas City, MO—Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts*
June 15-17—Telluride, CO—Telluride Bluegrass Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 6—Seattle, WA—Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre+ (SOLD OUT)
July 7—Portland, OR—Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall+
July 8—Bend, OR—Hayden Homes Amphitheater+
July 9—Rohnert Park, CA—Weill Hall+
July 11—Reno, NV—Grand Sierra Resort+
July 12—Salt Lake City, UT—Venue TBA+
July 13—Steamboat Springs, CO—Strings Music Pavilion+ (on-sale May 11)
July 15—St. Paul, MN—Palace Theatre†
July 16—Bayfield, WI—Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua† (on-sale March 28)
July 18—Detroit, MI—Masonic Cathedral Theatre†
July 19—Toronto, ON—Danforth Music Hall†
July 21—Raleigh, NC—North Carolina Museum of Art†
July 22—Wilmington, NC—Greenfield Lake Amphitheater†
July 23—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap† (on-sale March 31)
July 24—Union Hall, VA—The Coves Amphitheater†
July 27—LaFayette, NY—Break & Skiff Apple Orchards†
July 28—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival
September 1—London, UK—Barbican Centre
September 8-10—Bristol, TN—Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 10—Chattanooga, TN—Moon River Music Festival (SOLD OUT)
October 6—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater‡
October 8—Santa Barbara, CA—The Granada Theatre‡ (on-sale TBC)
October 10—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel‡
October 11—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel‡
October 13—San Diego, CA—The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park^
October 14—Mesa, AZ—Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center+
October 15—Las Vegas, NV—Brooklyn Bowl+
October 17—Albuquerque, NM—Revel Entertainment Center+
October 18—Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom+
October 19—Salina, KS—Stiefel Theater+
October 20—Dallas, TX—Majestic Theatre+
October 21—Austin, TX—Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park+
*with special guest Gaby Moreno
‡with special guest Hawktail
+with special guest Monica Martin
†with special guest Aoife O’Donovan
^with special guest TBA