In HOW TO GROW A BAND, 26-year-old Chris Thile is at a crossroads. His marriage has ended, and his platinum-selling band, Nickel Creek, has gone on "indefinite hiatus." But Thile, a perfectionist prodigy who's defied expectations since he learned the mandolin at age five, has a plan. Step 1: Write a 45-minute, four-movement elegy to your failed marriage to be played by a bluegrass quintet. Step 2: Recruit the only musicians around talented enough to play it and crazy enough to sign on. Step 3: Make a record, launch an international tour and brace yourself.
Filmed with uncommon access, HOW TO GROW A BAND provides a rare look at the start of one of America's most promising young bands and explores the tensions that test young artists: individual talents and group identity, craft and commerce, innocence and wisdom.
Formed 25 years ago as teenagers playing bluegrass, the trio of Grammy-winning musicians in Nickel Creek have reunited for an extended tour this summer and released their first new music in nine years. (July 1)
Jimmy asks Denis about all of his projects, including Sirens, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Draft Day.
After Denis recalls a moment with Jimmy's dad during a benefit show, Denis explains why his children don't think he's the coolest guy around.
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