Watkins, Green release new CDs
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
– Sara Watkins released her second solo album, "Sun Midnight Sun," after being with Nickel Creek. Produced by guitarist, singer and songwriter Blake Mills, co-founder of the band Simon Dawes, the album features Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Benmont Tench and Sean Watkins.
Pat Green released "Songs We Wish We'd Written II" (Sugar Hill), his first disc for the label. The first edition of this came out in 2001 with fellow Texas artist Cory Morrow. Green covers such songs as Joe Ely's All Just to Get to You and Lyle Lovett's If I Had a Boat.
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Sara Watkins' voice is powerful. "Young In All The Wrong Ways" showcases her instrument admirably. Watkins burst upon the music scene in 1989, as part of Nickel Creek, teaming with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. Nickel Creek had a solid run of recording and live music performances for a couple of decades before the members spread out into other collaborations (Nickel Creek has played a few festival dates most years, alongside their other projects). ...
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 ...
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 ...