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Sara Watkins

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Sara Watkins

Sara Watkins

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Description of Sara Watkins' Music:

Singer-songwriter, contemporary folk, bluegrass


Sara Watkins started out as one third of the prodigious trio Nickel Creek. Fans of Sara may be interested in the solo projects of her brother Sean Watkins and former collaborator Chris Thile. Her work may be of interest to fans of Alison Kruass, Darrel Scott, Sarah Jarosz, Patty Griffin, or other such artists who bridge gaps in traditional and contemporary music.

Recommended CDs by Sara Watkins:

Sara Watkins (Nonesuch, 2009) Compare PricesCompare Prices

Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch, 2012) Compare Prices

Purchase/Download Sara Watkins MP3s:

"Freiderick" (from Sara Watkins)
"Long Hot Summer Days" (from Sara Watkins)
"When It Pleases You" (from Sun Midnight Sun)

Artists with Whom Sara Watkins Has Performed:

Nickel Creek, Watkins Family Hour, Mutual Admiration Society, Ray LaMontagne, Richard Thompson, Bela Fleck, Dolly Parton, Mandy Moore, Switchfoot, The Chieftans, Grant Lee Phillips, the Decemberists, Jackson Browne, and many more.

Sara Watkins Biography: 

Sara Watkins was born in June 1981 and grew up in Southern California. From a very young age, she performed as a trio with her brother Sean Watkins and their friend Chris Thile. Together, they called themselves Nickel Creek and developed a habit of performing in a local pizza place in San Diego. Eventually, word spread about the young kids who were phenomenal instrumentalists, and Nickel Creek made it onto the national bluegrass radar. They inked a deal with Sugar Hill Records and released their debut album in 2000, produced by Alison Krauss. 

For the better part of that decade, Watkins and Nickel Creek were one of the most beloved young bands on the national folk and bluegrass circuit, until they announced an indefinite hiatus in 2007. With the band split, Sara Watkins and her brother Sean took to performing with the Works Progress Administration (with Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glenn Phillips and Luke Bulla, Greg Liesz, and others), as well as their weekly Watkins Family Hour shows in Los Angeles. She also took up with A Prairie Home Companion as a frequent guest on that show. 

In 2009, Sara Watkins released her self-titled debut solo album, which received considerable praise from the blogosphere. She also joined forces with the Decemberists, touring for a while as their resident fiddler, before releasing her second solo album Sun Midnight Sun. Following the release of that album, she briefly toured with Jackson Browne both as an opener and an accompanist. 

In late 2013, Nickel Creek announced a reunion album due in Spring 2014, and appeared together as a band for a tribute to the film Inside Llewyn Davis, in Los Angeles. 

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