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Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter

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It was 25 years ago at That Pizza Place in Carlsbad, Calif., that an 8-year-old Chris Thile, an 8-year-old Sara Watkins and a 12-year-old Sean Watkins first performed as the string-band trio Nickel Creek. It was seven years ago that they wound up their "Farewell (For Now) Tour." That parenthetical hedge proved prescient, for this year they reunited to record "A Dotted Line," their first studio album in nine years, and to tour. The record's eight original tunes and two borrowed compositions sound much more like the last few Nickel Creek albums than the trio's early bluegrass recordings or the music of their more recent bands: Thile's Punch Brothers or the Watkins siblings' Works Progress Administration. So it's safe to expect that their show at Wolf Trap will deliver that blend of British folk music and hipster chamber-pop, a mix redeemed by its chiming melodies and superlative picking. At the Filene Center.
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