Editors’ Notes Initially forming in the late ‘80s, Chris Thile and siblings Sean and Sarah Watkins blasted the boundaries of bluegrass wide open when they broke through in the early ‘00s, bringing a sound that took the trio's down-home roots and expanded them in several directions at once. Nickel Creek took the basic building blocks of bluegrass like mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and super-tight vocal harmonies, and used them to move whichever way they wanted, be it in jazz-fusion-inflected instrumentals like "Smoothie Song," folk-flavored ballads like "When You Come Back Down," or explosions of pure pop like "Destination."

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