About this show
“Sara Watkins paints on a canvas called roots music, only to delve into any number of adjacent genres… As accessible and comfortably sweet-voiced as Watkins’ music is, she’s smart enough to spike it with surprises.” —NPR Music
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On Friday, December 7, the CCPA and KRVM proudly welcome Sara Watkins along with special guest Aoife O’Donovan.
Singer-songwriter and violinist Sara Watkins is touring in support of her second solo album, Sun Midnight Sun. Best known for her work in the Grammy Award winning band Nickel Creek, Sara’s debut album was produced by John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and was released in April 2009 on Nonesuch Records. Sun Midnight Sun was produced by guitarist, songwriter and Simon Dawes cofounder Blake Mills.
Sara is a frequent guest on the American Public Media program A Prairie Home Companion. In the past few years, she has been on tour with John Prine, Donavan Frankenreiter, Robert Earl Kean, Dar Williams and the Blind Boys of Alabama, as well as Garrison Keillor's Summer Love Tour. In between tours, Sara performs at Largo in Los Angeles, where she and her brother Sean play as The Watkins Family Hour with frequent guests including Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz and Fiona Apple.
Watkins spent most of her younger years, nearly two decades, as singer and fiddle player for the Grammy Award-winning, bluegrass-folk hybrid Nickel Creek, a trio she'd started performing in when she was a mere eight years old, alongside her guitarist brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile.
Sean and Sara made their WOW Hall debut in September, 2009, as members of supergroup W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration).
After two formative years on the road fronting her own band -- making stops at such events as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, and Glasgow's Celtic Connection along the way -- Sara prepared herself to go back into a recording mode by spending six months on the road as violinist for the Decemberists. Her current headlining tour follows a tour opening for Jackson Browne, who contributes backing vocals on Sun Midnight Sun.
Sun Midnight Sun offers both sweetness and a certain swagger. There's a bracing rawness to her rendition of “When It Pleases You”, a song she nicked from composer Dan Wilson, co-writer of Adele's recent hits, and an equally fiery back and forth between Watkins and guest vocalist Fiona Apple on a surprisingly dark re-imagining of the Everly Brothers', “You're the One I Love”. Watkins recorded the album around a core trio consisting of herself, multi-instrumentalist Mills, and her brother Sean.