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Sara Watkins plans soph disc

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – Sara Watkins will release her second solo disc, "Sun Midnight Sun," on May 8 on Nonesuch Records.

Produced by guitarist, singer, and songwriter Blake Mills, co-founder of the band Simon Dawes, the album features special guest appearances by Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Benmont Tench and brother Sean Watkins.

The disc follows Watkins' 2009 self-titled solo debut produced by John Paul Jones. In the three years since her last release, Watkins has toured as guest fiddle player and vocalist with The Decemberists and joined Garrison Keillor on his nationwide Summer Love performance tours.

"Sun Midnight Sun" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Shawn Everett at Zeitgeist Studio, Los Angeles, and includes songs written by Watkins (You and Me, Take Up Your Spade) as well as several collaborations with Mills (The Foothills, Be There, The Accord, Impossible and Lock and Key). It also features songs by Dan Wilson (When It Pleases You) and Willie Nelson (I'm a Memory) and a rendition of The Everly Brothers' You're the One I Love, on which Apple duets.

Tour dates are:

March 24 Dauphin Island, AL Seagrass Music Festival

April 14-15 College Station, TX Old Tyme Wonderland

April 17 Oklahoma City, OK Blue Door

April 19 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill

April 20 Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music

April 21 Madison, WI The High Noon Saloon

April 22 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center

April 28 Indio, CA Stagecoach Festival

May 2 San Diego, CA Anthology

May 3 Los Angeles, CA The Watkins Family Hour at Largo **

May 27 Cumberland, MD Delfest

May 31 York, PA Strand-Capitol PAC*

June 1 Washington, DC 9:30 Club*

June 2 Elmer, NJ Appel Farms Arts and Music Festival*

June 3 Hunter Mountain, NY Mountain Jam Festival*

June 5 Pittsburgh, PA Three Rivers Arts Festival*

June 6 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre*

June 7 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue*

June 10 Athens, GA The Melting Point*

June 11 Chattanooga, TN Track 29*

June 13 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel*

June 14 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle*

June 15 Richmond, VA Friday Cheers*

June 16 New York, NY City Winery

June 17 Croton on Hudson, NY Clearwater Festival

July 29 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival

** as part of the LA Bluegrass Situation

* opening for Dawes

Additional dates to be announced.

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Young in All the Wrong Ways CD review - Young in All the Wrong Ways
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Well, so much for the sweet, adorable Sara Watkins. After an endearing, cuddly solo debut in 2009 that included her foot-stomping rendition of John Hartford's Long Hot Summer Day, Watkins adds a new wrinkle with her latest effort: an edgy, sometimes angry attitude. Bathing her songs in a folky-bluegrass setting with an array of way-cool guests, If It Pleases You is a defiant flip-off while Willie Nelson's I'm a Memory seethes with open hostility as Watkins and brother Sean rage »»»
Sara Watkins CD review - Sara Watkins
As a member of Nickel Creek, Sara Watkins' considerable contributions as a musician, vocalist and songwriter were often overshadowed by the sheer presence, charisma and talent of mandolin wiz Chris Thile. But now with the release of her solo debut, Watkins steps out from behind that large shadow and asserts herself as an artist worthy of the spotlight. Back in 2000, Watkins and her Nickel Creek mates (Thile and her brother Sean Watkins) joined forces with singer/songwriter Glen Phillips »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Evans brings the cheer – What's a country song without drinking? Morgan Evans seems to have gotten the missive loud and clear as a good chunk of his songs incorporate libations into the mix. And when the Australian-bred singer isn't confronting drinking, he's dealing with matters of the heart, but in keeping with the positive attitude he purveyed, love is most... »»»
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