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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597984002
  • Catalog Number: 516987
  • Sales rank: 2,329

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All This Time (3:17)
  2. 2 Long Hot Summer Days (4:45)
  3. 3 My Friend (3:16)
  4. 4 Freiderick (3:05)
  5. 5 Same Mistakes (3:09)
  6. 6 Any Old Time (3:57)
  7. 7 Pony (5:29)
  8. 8 Lord Won't You Help Me (2:59)
  9. 9 Jefferson (3:01)
  10. 10 Give Me Jesus (3:14)
  11. 11 Bygones (2:42)
  12. 12 Too Much (3:25)
  13. 13 Will We Go (3:27)
  14. 14 Where Will You Be (3:41)
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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, 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
Eric Conn Mastering, Remastering
Sara Watkins Composer
Sean Watkins Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    great first album!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love it.

    I loved almost every single song on the cd which rarely happens. Highly recommend it to anyone!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love her voice

    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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