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Nickel Creek's Thile Inks With Nonesuch

Nickel Creek may be on an indefinite hiatus, but that won't keep mandolin player Chris Thile from the stage.

Nickel Creek may be on an indefinite hiatus, but that won't keep mandolin player Chris Thile from the stage. Nonesuch has signed the bluegrass songwriter and his band the Punch Brothers, and will release their as-yet-untitled label debut Feb. 26.

Thile is joined by guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Greg Garrison, banjo player Noam Pikelny and fiddler Gabe Witcher on the project. The set will include Thile's four-part composition "The Blind Leaving the Blind," which he performed at Carnegie Hall earlier this year.

It will be his sixth effort apart from Nickel Creek, on the heels of 2006's Sugar Hill set "How To Grow a Woman from the Ground," which was the first to feature the Punch Brothers.

Thile will also issue another album, this time with composer/bassist Edgar Meyer, in 2008 and is in the midst of planning a winter tour.

As previously reported, Nickel Creek went on hiatus after touring with Fiona Apple this summer.