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At first blush it would seem an odd fit, backing a female folk-bluegrass singer working on her debut album with Elvis Costello's drummer, Tom Petty's keyboardist and plopping Led Zeppelin's bassist in the producer's chair. Sure, her brother gets to accompany her on guitar, and a former band mate adds a mandolin run here and there. Yet her steel guitarist isn't known for his Nashville riffs, but, instead, for West Coast-influenced licks for rockers Peter Case, Sheryl Crow and Wilco. It would appear to be a recipe for disaster, a one-album flameout. But in the end, does it all fit? In a word harmoniously.  ...
The faces that gazed intently into the camera on the cover photo on Nickel Creek's self-titled Sugar Hill debut when first released early in 2000 show a trio of young musicians, two of them teenagers, filled with hope, anticipation and more than a little bit of the attitude "we know we're good, and we know you're going to like us." Standing in the background, leaning casually but confidently against an upright acoustic bass, is a bearded older man who conveys a sense of belonging, yet acknowledging that it's the kids who are the music.  ...

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