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In the nine years since Nickel Creek declared itself on indefinite hiatus, violinist/vocalist Sara Watkins has been relentlessly busy. She discovered a new pathway for her harmonic gifts with Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan in the vocal trio I'm With Her. She lent her talents to the super group Works Progress Administration with Glen Phillips and Benmont Tench, among others. She found new inspiration in her longest standing collaboration with brother Sean in the Watkins Family Hour and even ...
At first blush it would seem an odd fit, backing a female folk-bluegrass singer working on her debut album with Elvis Costello's drummer, Tom Petty's keyboardist and plopping Led Zeppelin's bassist in the producer's chair.
Sure, her brother gets to accompany her on guitar, and a former band mate adds a mandolin run here and there. Yet her steel guitarist isn't known for his Nashville riffs, but, instead, for West Coast-influenced licks for rockers Peter Case, Sheryl Crow and Wilco.