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.
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 whos defied expectations since he learned the mandolin at age five, has a plan.
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)
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