Nickel Creek’s Thile Moonlights in New Album

With the arrival of You, Me and the Windshield, newcomer Marcel’s debut project is the only mainstream country album hitting the retail shelves this week. However, Nickel Creek member Chris Thile’s collaboration with Mike Marshall heads the list of more eclectic acoustic albums released Tuesday (May 13). Thile teams up with former David Grisman Quintet member Mike Marshall for Into the Cauldron (Sugar Hill), a collection of mandolin duets including material as diverse as Charlie Parker’s “Scrapple From the Apple” to a melody from Bach’s Goldberg Variations. …. Nashville session great Bryan Sutton’s second solo album, Bluegrass Guitar (Sugar Hill), features guest appearances by Tim O’Brien and others. … Two noted singer-songwriters collect some of their favorite material for concert albums. Todd Snider’s Near Truths and Hotel Rooms (Oh Boy) is highlighted by a live version of “Waco Moon,” a song inspired by the untimely death of Snider’s friend Eddie Shaver. The Best of Tish Hinojosa – Live (Rounder) is the first-ever compilation from the Austin-based artist. … Ray Kennedy, known for his work with Steve Earle, handled the production work for Under the Table and Above the Sun (Sugar Hill), a new collection by the alt-country band, Reckless Kelly. … It’ll Come to You: The Songs of John Hiatt (Vanguard) includes new tracks by Buddy & Julie Miller and Patty Griffin, but most of the material on the tribute compilation are familiar tracks from Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson and others. 05/13/03