Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Bluegrass Hipsters: Not an Oxymoron

Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

Many folks cringe when they hear the word "bluegrass." But not LAist. We love listening to a certain Southern California-based trio that's burned through the banjo-playing, Deliverance-esque stereotype. Nickel Creek-- lead singer/mandolinist Chris Thile, violinist Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins (her brother) -- have created a progressive folk-pop sound that builds upon their bluegrass roots. Their crossover appeal has even led to a slot on the VH-1 playlist.

Nickel Creek released their third album "Why Should the Fire Die" (Sugar Hill Records) on August 9. They played a few warm-up gigs, including a couple nights in L.A. earlier this month, before the start of their national fall tour.

So for those who still want to see the trio in an intimate setting, catch them at Largoduring the Watkins Family Hour Thursday night or see Thile solo with Jon Brionon Saturday night. Both nights are booked for dinner, so you'll have to wait in the usual Largo line on Fairfax.

Support for LAist comes from

But it'll be worth it.