Nickel Creek Lays Out Lengthy Tour

Nickel Creek has laid out a schedule of tour dates that will keep the bluegrass-leaning act on the road through the end of the year.

Nickel Creek has laid out a schedule of tour dates that will keep the bluegrass-leaning act on the road through the end of the year. The run opens Sept. 30 with the first of two shows in South Burlington, Vt., and will close Dec. 17 in Los Angeles. As previously reported, the group will also be among the first to play New York's new Nokia Theatre Times Square.

The trio will be out in support of "Why Should the Fire Die?," due Tuesday (Aug. 9) via Sugar Hill. The Tony Berg/Eric Valentine-produced set includes a cover of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow is a Long Time" and 13 originals.

"In terms of songwriting, we subjected ourselves to a lot more in-house criticism before Eric and Tony even got the material," Nickel Creek mandolin player Chris Thile recently told Billboard.com. "On records past, [guitarist] Sean [Watkins] and I had just brought in material that was pretty much finished. We were not terribly interested in hearing anything other than 'no' or 'yes' from the other members of the band. But this time, a lot of choruses were changed. A lot of structures were altered."

Nickel Creek is in the midst of a mini-tour promoting the new album. On the day of its release, the band will make an in-store appearance at Hollywood's Amoeba Music, and visit Boulder, Col., and San Diego in the days following. Also on the schedule are Aug. 18-19 "Watkins Family Hour" shows at Los Angeles' intimate Largo, featuring only Nickel Creek's siblings, guitarist Sean and violinist Sara Watkins.

Here are Nickel Creek's tour dates:

Aug. 9: Hollywood, Calif. (Amoeba Music)
Aug. 10: Boulder, Col. (The Reef)
Aug. 13: San Diego (Borders Gaslamp)
Aug. 18-19: Los Angeles (Largo; Watkins Family Hour)
Sept. 30- Oct. 1: South Burlington, Vt. (Higher Ground)
Oct. 2: Portland, Maine (Merrill Auditorium)
Oct. 4: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Oct. 6: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
Oct. 7: New York (Nokia Theatre Times Square)
Oct. 8: Charlottesville, Va. (Charlottesville Pavilion)
Oct. 9: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Oct. 11: Baltimore (Rams Head Live)
Oct. 13: Charlotte, N.C. (Ovens Auditorium)
Oct. 14: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 15-16: Nashville (War Memorial Auditorium)
Oct. 17: Lexington, Ky. (Singletary Center)
Oct. 20: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)
Oct. 21: Cleveland (House Of Blues)
Oct. 22: Ypsilanti, Mich. (Pease Auditorium)
Oct. 23: Indianapolis (Murat Egyptian Room)
Oct. 25: St. Louis (The Pageant)
Oct. 26: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
Oct. 28: Milwaukee (Pabst Theater)
Oct. 29: Minneapolis (State Theater)
Oct. 30: Madison, Wis. (Orpheum Theatre)
Nov. 1: Kansas City, Mo. (Uptown Theatre)
Nov. 3: Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room)
Nov. 4: Austin, Texas (Stubb's Barbeque)
Nov. 5: Helotes, Texas (Floores Country Store)
Nov. 6: Tulsa, Okla. (Cain's Ballroom)
Nov. 8: New Orleans (House Of Blues)
Nov. 10: Louisville, Ky. (Brown Theatre)
Nov. 11: Birmingham, Ala. (Alabama Theatre)
Nov. 12: Greensboro, N.C. (War Memorial Auditorium)
Nov. 13: Norfolk, Va. (The NorVa)
Nov. 15: Charleston, S.C. (Historic Charleston Music Hall)
Nov. 16: Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee Theatre)
Nov. 18: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live)
Nov. 19: Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Theatre)
Nov. 20: Jacksonville, Fla. (Florida Theatre)
Dec. 1: Denver (Fillmore Auditorium)
Dec. 2: Park City, Utah. (Eccles Center for the Performing Arts)
Dec. 3: Spokane, Wash. (Big Easy)
Dec. 4: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
Dec. 6-7: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theater)
Dec. 10: San Francisco (Warfield)
Dec. 11: Reno, Nev. (Reno Hilton)
Dec. 14: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
Dec. 15-16: San Diego (House Of Blues)
Dec. 17: Los Angeles (The Wiltern LG)