Nickel Creek Passes Gold Mark

Almost two years after its release, Nickel Creek’s self-titled debut album, produced by Alison Krauss, has gone gold, with shipments of 500,000 copies, a spokeswoman for their label reports. The milestone is a first for the band, for Sugar Hill Records and for the Welk Music Group. Certification from the Recording Industry Association of America is expected shortly. The acoustic trio — Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins — are in the studio with Krauss working on a second album, tentatively scheduled for release in early fall. 01/30/02