Chris Thile, 31, New York

The versatile mandolin player was a child prodigy but transitioned into a mature musician in his work with the trio Nickel Creek; more recently in the group Punch Brothers; and in various ventures that have ignored traditional boundaries among country, bluegrass, jazz, pop and classical. In effect, Thile is championing an all-American idiom that merges populism and high art.
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( Home Front Communications / October 1, 2012 )

The versatile mandolin player was a child prodigy but transitioned into a mature musician in his work with the trio Nickel Creek; more recently in the group Punch Brothers; and in various ventures that have ignored traditional boundaries among country, bluegrass, jazz, pop and classical. In effect, Thile is championing an all-American idiom that merges populism and high art.

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