Director's Cuts: Bluegrass

On his latest installment of Director's Cuts, Ned Wharton, music director of Weekend Edition Sunday, invites us to listen to bluegrass cuts. The featured artists are Phillips, Grier and Flinner — who cover such artists as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix — and Nickel Creek, a group of 20-somethings who've played together since childhood.

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Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek

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Sara and Sean Watkins and their friend Chris Thile have been playing as a group since they were children. With the members now in their early 20s, Nickel Creek brings a fresh sound to acoustic/bluegrass with their second CD, This Side on Sugar Hill records.

Listen: "This Side"

Listen: "I Should Have Known Better"

Phillips, Greer and Flinner

Phillips, Greer and Flinner

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Phillips, Grier and Flinner, composed of Bassist Todd Phillips, guitarist David Grier and mandolin player Matt Flinner are award-winning newgrass musicians, and their CD Looking Back on Compass Records offers blugrass standards as well as some amazing, earnest covers of tunes by McCoy Tyner, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles.

Listen: "Search for Peace"

Listen: "Afro Blue"



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