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Chris Thile - Genius Then, MacArthur Genius Now

October 2, 2012

Congratulations for Chris Thile, among the newly named MacArthur Geniuses (aka MacArthur Fellows). But what took them so long? Eighteen years ago (November 6, 1994), here's what Pete Wernick said in the first piece I wrote about the then-13-year-old Thile:

"I don't normally use the word 'genius,' but I have to say I think he's a musical genius, as much as I can define such a thing."

And in the last paragraph of the story, Chris's mother comments on the "genius" aspect of her boy:

Kathy Thile has little trouble keeping things in perspective. Chris is her 13-year-old son first, musical prodigy second. "We try not to think of it too much, I guess, because it's real important that we focus on the areas where he's not a musical genius," she says. "Like room cleaning. And he's distinctly not a genius in that area."

The full story (originally in the Chicago Tribune) is HERE.

More about Chris Thile:

THILE - Chris Thile and the Galt House Fire Alarm (Moonshiner Magazine, October, 2000) 

THILE - Chris Thile--Deceiver, CD review (Chgo Trib, October 10, 2004)

THILE - Chris Thile, feature (Bluegrass Unlimited, June, 2007) 

THILE - Chris Thile--How To Grow A Woman From The Ground (Bluegrass Unlimited, 2007)

THILE - Chris Thile's Newgrass Gets A Little More Blue With His New Band (Chgo Trib,12-28-07) 

THILE - Ex-Nickel Creek Player's Sound Packs 'Punch'  (Chgo Trib, Feb 17, 2008)

NICKEL - Nickel Creek at Schuba's (Chgo Trib, May 9, 2001) 

NICKEL - Nickel Creek - This Side, CD review (Chgo Trib, August 11, 2002)

NICKEL - Nickel Creek, Why Should the Fire Die? CD review (Chgo Trib, July 22, 2005)

MANDOLIN - The Mighty Mandolin - Bush, Stiernberg, Thile, Marshall (Chgo Trib, Jan 20, 2006)