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Watkins shows "Fear"

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Sean Watkins, one third of Nickel Creek and part of the Watkins Family Hour with his sister Sara, will release his fifth solo disc, "What to Fear," on March 18 via Thirty Tigers.

The RELEASE is the follow-up to "All I Do Is Lie," from 2014, which had been his first solo record in nearly a decade. The single "Keep Your Promises II" was released today via Consequence of Sound.

He worked with young Northern Californian trio Bee Eaters and the rhythm section of Matt Chamberlain on drums and Mike Elizondo on bass.

"What To Fear" includes guest turns from Sara Watkins as well as pianist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing).

The track list is:
1) What To Fear
2) Last Time For Everything
3) I Am What You Want
4) Keep Your Promises II
5) Everything
6) Where You Were Living
7) Too Little Too Late
8) Local Honey
9) Tribulations
10) Back On My Feet

Tour dates are:
March 29 - Northampton, MA @ Parlor Room
March 30 - Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim
March 31 - New York, NY @ City Winery
April 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
April 2 - Vienna, VA @ Barns at Wolf Trap
April 5 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
April 6 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
April 7 - Athens, GA @ The Foundry
April 8 - Decatur, GA @ Eddie's Attic
April 9 - Chattanooga, TN @ Barking Legs Theatre
April 10 - Nashville, TN @ Station Inn
April 12 - St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room
April 13 - Chesterfield, MO @ Break Room Concerts
April 14 - Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room
April 15 - Madison, WI @ Frequency
April 16 - Marshfield, WI @ Vox Concert Series
April 17 - Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota
April 19 - Chicago, IL @ City Winery
May 7 - Carlsbad, CA @ Museum of Making Music
May 8 - Phoenix, AZ @ Music Instrument Museum
May 10 - Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo
May 11 - Berkeley, CA @ Freight & Salvage
May 12 - Grass Valley, CA @ Center for the Arts
May 14 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
May 15 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

Watkins has been a performer for more than 25 years. He was 12 when he played his first gig with Nickel Creek at a San Diego pizza parlor. Watkins also released albums with Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman as the duo Fiction Family and with fellow guitarist Glen Phillips as Works Progress Administration, an eight-piece band featuring a lineup of L.A. session players.


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CD review - What to Fear A veteran of numerous collaborative combos - most famously, Nickel Creek, Fiction Family, the Watkins Family and WPA - Sean Watkins' solo excursions have often been overshadowed by his work with others. That said, "What To Fear" is the kind of album that can change those assertions once and forever. It forms an instant connection, flush with melodic tunes delivered in intimate settings and with minimal accompaniment. Several special guests make appearances - most notably, sister ...


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