Mutual Admiration Society is a musical collaboration between singer/songwriter Glen Phillips and progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek.
The members of Nickel Creek
were fans of Glen's band Toad the Wet Sprocket
and a chance encounter with a friend of Glen's backstage at a festival led to Nickel Creek
guitarist Sean Watkins
emailing Glen and Glen agreeing to sing the title song on Sean's debut solo album Let It Fall.
Glen invited the band to perform with him at the Los Angeles nightclub Largo
and they quickly became strong admirers of each other's music, leading to the name of the group. They got together in Glen's home studio in December of 2000 and recorded the album in 3 days, though it took 3½ years before it was finally released. Glen and Nickel Creek participated in a joint "Mutual Admiration Tour" in the fall of 2001, when they had initially expected the album to be released. When the album was finally released in the summer of 2004, another tour ensued, which included the services of Led Zeppelin
bassist John Paul Jones
and drummer Pete Thomas
from Elvis Costello and the Attractions
. Chris Thile
, Sara Watkins
, Sean Watkins
, and Glen Phillips
continue to appear at each others concerts on an ad hoc
basis, but it is unclear whether the Mutual Admiration Society will be an ongoing concern.
In the summer of 2007, Glen Phillips was invited to perform as the opening act for the first leg of Nickel Creek's "Farewell (For Now)" tour, which included dates in the midwest. It was common for members of Nickel Creek to perform with Glen Phillips during his set and vice versa. Selections from the Mutual Admiration Society recording were performed during this collaboration.