Quote from Nickel Creek:
They released two recordings on their own as an independent band, which are no longer available. When, in 2000, they were slated to record their first nationally distributed record for Sugar Hill, Alison Krauss came in as their producer.
On that first CD, Chris Thile's father Scott sat in on acoustic bass, and the trio split vocals. The CD sold 800,000 copies, earned two Grammy nominations, and scored Nickel Creek the IBMA award for Best Emerging Artist in 2000.
Since then, Nickel Creek has gone on to produce two more records with Sugar Hill, including the Grammy-winning This Side, also produced by Alison Krauss. Their third recording Why Should the Fire Die? was released in 2005 to much praise from the press and fans alike, as well as another Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Scotch & Chocolate".
In 2006, the band announced that they will be taking an indefinite hiatus beginning in 2007, so that they may work on their solo and side projects. Soon after the announcement, they released a greatest hits album entitled Reasons Why
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