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March 27, 2023



Critical Acclaim for Celebrants:

“the trio sounds and plays better than ever…across 18 interconnected tracks, Nickel Creek offers another world for listeners, not necessarily one to escape into—these songs are nuanced and honest, not fantasy but one suited for introspection”—NPR Music

“The siblings Sara and Sean Watkins pick circular guitar patterns and add vocal harmonies, while Thile plays a counterpoint on mandola that rises like mist off a pond.”

The New York Times

“highlights their unfettered harmonies and years-forged, tight-knit playing”—Billboard

“their instruments and voices alternately blend and shine…it’s a joy to have the gang back together”—Paste

“enchanting…a delicate, ambitious inspection of who they once were and who they are now”

The Line of Best Fit

 “finds the band all the way turned up, with roof-raising fiddle, mandolin, and throat-shredding vocals”—Stereogum

“the band reaches for new heights here, inventing new pathways for themselves, for the listener and for roots music itself”—No Depression

“finds the band’s indie-friendly bluegrass in fine form”—Brooklyn Vegan

“their most ambitious album…18 tracks so fresh and interconnected that it feels like they’re making their own Sgt Pepper or Pet Sounds.”—Holler

Celebrants lifts us, carrying us into the depths of the human condition and then transporting us into its heights”—Folk Alley

“Every tune on Celebrants offers something special…it’s a masterpiece”—Americana Highways

March 24, 2023—GRAMMY Award-winning trio Nickel Creek’s highly anticipated new album, Celebrants, is out today via Thirty Tigers. Stream/purchase HERE. 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.”

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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†

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