Sara Watkins has had a deceptively long career in music despite her young age. She came onto the scene as a member of the progressive Bluegrass group Nickel Creek, which featured her brother Sean Watkins and budding genius Chris Thile.
When Nickel Creek broke up, many fans were saddened. Even though the trio was still in their 20s when the group disbanded, they had started so young that they had worked together for over 15 years by that point. So, it was time for each artist to move forward and bloom in their own way.
Watkins’ music quickly matured and expanded. The singer, songwriter and fiddler’s first, self-titled solo album (2009) was produced by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, a long-time lover/player of American roots music
. Jones’ approach as a producer was to rehearse the musicians and then play the cuts live during the recording session.On Watkins’ new project Sun Midnight Sun
, however, the sonic adventures were built from the ground up, layered and expanded upon wonderfully in the studio with producer Blake Mills. Joining Watkins on her beautiful new album is Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty’s band, her brother Sean and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.
performs Monday, March 11 at 20th Century Theater in Oakley. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here