The newest release in the CMH Records Pickin’ On series is just out, entitled Pickin’ On Nickel Creek: A Bluegrass Tribute. 11 songs taken from the three Nickel Creek recordings are done in instrumental bluegrass arrangements, including The Lighthouse Tale, When In Rome, Why Should The Fire Die, and Chris Thile’s masterful Ode To A Butterfly.
As is usually the case on these Pickin’ On releases, the players are drawn from the cream of the bluegrass crop. Mike Compton is on mandolin, Glenn Duncan on fiddle, Ned Luberecki on banjo and Chris Eldridge on guitar.
Mike Compton has posted some comments about the sessions on his blog which should be of interest to mandolinists, or anyone who finds the way this sort of music is recorded intriguing.
The CD is just going up on the CMH web site, and audio samples should be available there soon.