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.