Nickel Creek enters "Holding Pattern"
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Nickel Creek enters "Holding Pattern"

Thursday, February 16, 2023 – Nickel Creek's new song, "Holding Pattern," out today.

"Holding Pattern," which the trio wrote, is the second track unveiled from Nickel Creek's new album, "Celebrants," out March 24 via Thirty Tigers. The 18-track disc is the band's first in nine years and fifth studio release.

The band - mandolinist Chris Thile, violinist Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins - said in a statement, "The circular contrapuntal guitar figures are reminiscent of a holding pattern, a term often invoked during the early stages of the pandemic. Here's to true love keeping us airborne when it isn't safe to land."

Recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, the album was produced by longtime collaborator Eric Valentine.

Nickel Creek will return to the road this spring with their first headline tour since 2014. Upcoming stops include Pittsburgh's Byham Theater, Boston's MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park, Philadelphia's The Fillmore, New York's The Rooftop at Pier 17, Atlanta's The Eastern, Chicago's Salt Shed, Milwaukee's Riverside Theater and Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. They'll also perform three special sold-out shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on April 27, 28 and 29.

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