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Sara Watkins
Sara Watkins
Sara Watkins
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Sara Watkins's self-titled debut, eagerly anticipated by the significant fan base she's built after nearly two decades as fiddle player and — vocalist for Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, boasts an easygoing virtuosi...  more »

     
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All Artists: Sara Watkins
Title: Sara Watkins
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nonesuch
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 4/7/2009
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Bluegrass, Today's Country, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075597984002, 075597983999

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Sara Watkins's self-titled debut, eagerly anticipated by the significant fan base she's built after nearly two decades as fiddle player and
vocalist for Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, boasts an easygoing virtuosity. The youthful Watkins, who joined Nickel Creek
when she was barely in her teens, displays formidable skill as a multi - instrumentalist, playing the guitar and ukelele as well as the fiddle,
and is just as versatile, and breathtakingly mature, as a singer. Watkins incorporates folk, country, gospel, and pop into her 14-song set,
produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville. She's joined by a wide range of old friends and longtime heroes, including alt-country duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; colleagues from the bluegrass world like Tim O' Brien, Punch Brothers Chris
Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury, and Rayna Gellert; and Nickel Creek band-mates Chris Thile and Sean Watkins.

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Member CD Reviews

Pam R. from CHARLESTON, SC
Reviewed on 1/4/2018...
This is a great CD. I first heard Sara Watkins when she was with Nickel Creek, and she is just as impressive on her own. Beautiful voice, excellent fiddling, and wonderfully performed songs!

CD Reviews

Lovely Album
E. C Goodstein | Northern CA United States | 04/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It is true that much of this album is on the quiet side-- but there's a lot there if you delve. Not as experimental as her Nickel Creek bandmate Chris Thile's solos-- and if her voice bears comparison to Alison Kraus, there's a different, somewhat 'bluer' aspect, kinship with Gillian Welch (who guests here). The most striking tracks for me are the sad and gorgeous 'Pony' by Tom Waits (almost an update of 'Old Paint,' but with some kind of modern twists), the lovingly rendered simple Gospel of 'Give Me Jesus,'the spare, beautiful ballad closer 'Where Will You Be,' and the Celtic drone in the short but powerful 'Bygones.' A few are more pop, and nice more upbeat renderings of 'Long Hot Summer Day' and 'Any Old Time." Though I like 'em, I wish the instrumentals were a little more expansive/experimental--
but effective interludes in the context of the whole album. I also like the layered (if mostly unplugged), subtle accompaniment. The gentle 'acoustic' sheen may make the album seem very slight: for me though it definitely rewards repeated listens, revealing much each time.
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This makes sense
Tim Roberts | 04/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Nickel Creek's appeal was a youthful, fresh, crisp, clean approach to both folk and bluegrass. They did each style well. Sara's style leans far to the folk side and the quality is as good as ever. The foot stomping rhythms are there at times, but the more delicate vocals and fiddle work are the centerpiece. The album's melodies are complex, addictive, and exceed what any artist should be able to produce for their first solo album. The album is peppered with hooks, yet full of depth. Every song on the album feels new and more original than your typical folk album. Sara Watkins' album pulls off the same thing Nickel Creek did for bluegrass, a broader appeal, a fresh sound, and a new perspective on what young singer-songwriters can do."