Sara Watkins

Sara Watkins

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With her band Nickel Creek on "indefinite hiatus," singer and fiddle player Sara Watkins makes her solo debut with a recording that gives a good sense of her hybrid musical heritage, combining traditional country elements with singer/songwriter pop. It's a mixture conceived in Los Angeles, specifically at the nightclub Largo, which helps

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With her band Nickel Creek on "indefinite hiatus," singer and fiddle player Sara Watkins makes her solo debut with a recording that gives a good sense of her hybrid musical heritage, combining traditional country elements with singer/songwriter pop. It's a mixture conceived in Los Angeles, specifically at the nightclub Largo, which helps explain the presence of Jon Brion's song "Same Mistakes." Of course, Watkins is first and foremost a bluegrass player, and she lapses back into the Nickel Creek format on the instrumentals "Freiderick" and "Jefferson." But as a singer, with her breathy, untrained voice, she sounds like she's spent at least as much time listening to Edie Brickell and Aimee Mann as Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. And she delights in juxtapositions of hill country music and downtown L.A. singer/songwriter styles, pointedly sequencing "Same Mistakes" right after "Freiderick," and sticking David Graza's pop
ock tune "Too Much" in between the down-from-the-mountain "Bygones" and the old-timey "Will We Go." She pays tribute to such crossover country stars as Jimmie Rodgers ("Any Old Time") and John Hartford ("Long Hot Summer Days"), as if to suggest that she is in their tradition of performers with impeccable traditional roots who nevertheless play beyond the borders of the Confederacy, which is, perhaps, only appropriate for a country performer born in Santa Monica, CA.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597984002
catalogNumber:
516987
Rank:
36407

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sara Watkins   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Ukulele,Vocals
John Paul Jones   Organ,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Claire Lynch   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Benmont Tench   Piano
Jon Brion   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Luke Bulla   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Byron House   Bass,Bass Guitar
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Tim O'Brien   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mark Schatz   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sebastian Steinberg   Bass,Bass Guitar
Pete Thomas   Drums
Gillian Welch   Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Chris Thile   Mandola
David Rawlings   Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sean Watkins   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Michael Witcher   Dobro
Aoife O'Donovan   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rayna Gellert   Fiddle
Chris Eldridge   Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Billy Cardine   Dobro
Jenny Anne Mannan   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Norman Blake   Composer
John Hartford   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
John Paul Jones   Producer,Audio Production
Jon Brion   Composer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Chris Thile   Composer
Davíd Garza   Composer
Sara Watkins   Composer
Sean Watkins   Composer

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Sara Watkins 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ilovcollies More than 1 year ago
this was a great first time out CD for Sara Watkins. I always liked her in Nickel Creek and knew she had more to offer. She proved it with this release.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved almost every single song on the cd which rarely happens. Highly recommend it to anyone!
valbth812 More than 1 year ago
Saw her in LA 3 weeks ago. She is captivating and her voice is awesome. I am also really fond of her lyrics on the new songs here.
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