14 September 2011

THE MUSIC AND PRESTON BLACK Nickel Creek, Merlefest Watson Stage, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC, April 27th, 2002


     "Where can I drop you off?"
     "Mountaineer Doughnuts is fine."
     "Okay. I made a mixtape for you."
     "You serious? It'd been years since anybody made me a mixtape, and this weekend I get two."
     "Well, a CD. Just some stuff you may have never heard. Sara Watkins, Yonder Mountain String Band, Uncle Earl." She handed it to me with an apologetic smile.
     "Thanks a lot. I'll listen to it today." I got my stuff from the back seat.
     "Yeah, right." Katy tooted as she drove away.
I stood on the corner waiting for whatever would happen next. Walnut Street looked a lot different today than it did Friday night on my drunken stroll up High. The sidewalk felt a little slippy, so I shuffled my feet, my Tele acting like a counterweight to all of the material Jamie had loaded me down with.
     I thought about heading straight to Dani's, but remembered she said she'd be up at the library. Pauly's message that he'd be on the road for a few days reminded me I had the apartment to myself. My stomach growled.      The easiest thing would be to take it into the diner to see mom. But she'd know I hadn't been talking to Pauly and ask a lot of questions and tell me how sin makes us a prisoner of Satan and all that. Seemed like a lot of trouble for a cheeseburger.

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Nickel Creek got so close to bridging that gap between traditional and pop. So close to being the band that delivered bluegrass into the 21st century. So close to being a Radiohead for the folks who preferred to get their music from Nashville rather than LA.

Still an amazing band, even if only in recording. Amazing melodies. Prodigious musicians.

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Nickel Creek
Saturday April 27th, 2002
Merlefest Watson Stage 11:00p.m.-11:55p.m.
Wilkes Community College
Wilkesboro, NC

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1. ?
2. Reasons Why
3. The Lighthouse's Tale
4. Ferdinand the Bull
5. "Introductions"
6. Locking Doors
7. Seven Wonders
8. In the House of Tom Bombadil
9. Goodnight, the Lord's Coming
10. "She rips, he rips, they all rip"
11. This Side
12. You Don't Have to Move That Mountain
13. Ode to a Butterfly (w/Lithium)
14. The Fox (w/Subterranean Homesick Blues)

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