ALBUM REVIEW: Nickel Creek, ‘A Dotted Line’

Brantley Gutierrez

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When this virtuosic roots trio went on “indefinite hiatus” in 2007 it wasn’t to take a vacation, although they’d certainly earned one having played together since childhood. Instead, all three singer-instrumentalists—mandolinist Chris Thile, fiddler SaraWatkins, and guitarist Sean Watkins— pursued a plethora of solo and group projects that traversed bluegrass, country, pop, rock, and classical.

But like old friends who fall right back into conversation, Nickel Creek pick up the thread in glorious fashion on “A Dotted Line,” out tomorrow.

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