The Grammy-winning mandolin virtuoso is most known for his time as part of the folk pop trio Nickel Creek and leading the progressive bluegrass juggernaut Punch Brothers, as well as for being the host of NPR’s Live from Here. He will be making his Rockport debut with a solo show, touring behind his most recent record, Laysongs.
With his broad outlook, multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.
A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released four albums and sold over two million records. In 2014, along with a national tour, the trio released a new album, A Dotted Line, their first since 2005.
As a soloist, Thile has released several albums including his most recent, Laysongs recorded during the pandemic) and 2017’s Thanks for Listening, a collection of recordings, produced by Thomas Bartlett, originally written as Songs of the Week for Live from Here. In February 2013, Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan. In September 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Punch Brothers released their latest album, the Grammy-winning All Ashore, in July 2018.
After several shows as guest host of NPR’s flagship show Prairie Home Companion, Thile became the official host in October of 2016, and a year later it was renamed Live from Here. The show features many of Thile’s musical compatriots through the years, and often highlights a revolving cast that includes luminaries such as Sarah Jarosz, Chris Eldridge, Brittany Haas, Aoife O’Donovan, comedian Tom Papa and many others.