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Best known as a virtuoso mandolin player, Chris Thile was born in 1981 in Oceanside, California. The musician plays a range of country, classical, jazz and folk music styles but he is considered by many to be most at home playing bluegrass, the form of music with which he is primarily associated. Thile plays in the acoustic folk and progressive bluegrass quintet called Punch Brothers, as well as Nickel Creek, a band that is known for its high level of precision.
As well as his live work in groups, Thile is a solo performer in his own right. In 2007, he was named as Folk Musician of the Year by the BBC. In 2014, the mandolin player won the Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, which he made jointly with Edgar Meyer, for a work entitled Bass & Mandolin. Thile has won other Grammy Awards as part of groups before and been nominated many times in diverse categories, such as Instrumentalist of the Year and for the Best Country Instrumental Performance.
Chris Thile's career milestones
Thile began learning to play the mandolin at just 5 years of age, and as a child would occasionally be sent for lessons with John Moore. When he was 8, his family members formed Nickel Creek with another group of musicians from the Watkins family, and they went on to play at a large number of festivals throughout Thile's upbringing. Aged 8, the young performer won the prestigious mandolin championship at the Kansas Walnut Valley Festival.
In 1994, Thile released his debut album of mostly original works. The LP was called Leading Off, featuring Scott Thile on bass and Sean Watkins on second mandolin. Stealing Second came out in 1997. This follow-up album included some bouzouki work from the young musician, plus the musicianship of Alison Brown on banjo. A third album came out in 2001, which followed a platinum-selling work by Nickel Creek. Considered by many fans to be a more mature work, Thile took care of the mixing and production work as well as the mandolin playing on it. Session musicians on Not all Who Wander Are Lost included Jeff Coffin, Sara Watkins and Edgar Meyer.
In 2009, Thile released Deceiver. This album marked a departure, because no less than 39 instruments appeared on the work at some point or other. Despite this instrumentation, Thile played all of the music on the LP himself. Tracks from the work included the popular “I'm Nowhere and You're Everything” and “Ready For Anything”. After this solo release, Thile tended to concentrate on Punch Brothers' work as well as offshoot projects with other musicians.
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