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Nickel Creek Hint at a Comeback

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After an absence that stretched six long years, Nickel Creek have returned to the stage. The trio reunited last week for CBS Films’ event in celebration of the Coen brothers’ film ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ and they hint a new album might not be far behind.

The star-studded evening, dubbed ‘A Special Musical Evening Honoring T Bone Burnett and Joel and Ethan Coen,’ included performances by several musical guests, including movie and bluegrass star Steve Martin. Nickel Creek member Chris Thile’s current band, the Punch Brothers, served as the house band for the night. But while the party was full of musical talent, Burnett says it was Nickel Creek, who covered Bob Dylan‘s ‘Tomorrow Is a Long Time,’ who stole the show.

“Chris is a modern day Louis Armstrong,” Burnett boasts to Billboard magazine.

As for the band, which also includes brother and sister Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, they have remained silent on plans for any future projects, but their record label, Warner Music’s Nonesuch, says the they are planning on a spring release.

The band members certainly haven’t been idle since they released their last studio album, ‘Why Should the Fire Die?,’ in 2005. Sara Watkins has released two solo albums on Nonesuch, while her brother performed with the band Fiction Family.

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