At 25, Chris Thile has accomplished more than most -- 2 million albums sold with Grammy-winning Nickel Creek, six solo albums (the first at the age of 12), a side career as an in-demand studio musician, and collaborations with Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck and Jon Brion. But ultimately, moving to New York was the catalyst that reminded Thile as to how and why he started playing the mandolin in the first place. And, it’s where he brought together a new-generation bluegrass band to record How To Grow A Woman From The Ground to be released on Sugar Hill September 12, 2006.
Thile called upon a cadre of similarly accomplished, young and talented friends to build the band -- Gabe Witcher, Noam Pikelny, Chris Eldridge and Greg Garrison. They camped out in his one bedroom apartment in weeklong rehearsal and writing sessions. With Thile as the producer, the five recorded the album in live takes around a pair of microphones at famed Sear Sound Recording Studios.
How To Grow A Woman From The Ground is a raw mix of original compositions, and inventive takes from disparate sources such as The White Stripes, Jimmie Rodgers, and Gillian Welch. “I had the record sequenced and planned before we went in,” says Thile. “I saw a challenge in trying to tell at least a subconsciously coherent story.”
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