Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sara Watkins New sets album+tour

Sun Midnight Sun, the second solo album from singer/songwriter/fiddler Sara Watkins, will be released May 8 on Nonesuch Records.
Produced by Blake Mills, the album features special guest appearances by Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Benmont Tench and brother/former Nickel Creek bandmate, Sean Watkins.
The album is available to pre-order on and with an exclusive 9x12” print signed by Watkins.

Sun Midnight Sun
follows Sara Watkins’ critically acclaimed 2009 self-titled solo debut produced by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones. In celebration of the release of Sun Midnight Sun, Watkins will embark on a nationwide tour this spring and summer, including a series of special tour dates with Dawes. 

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, as well as acting as his first and only guest host for "A Prairie Home Companion" broadcasts.

The songs were 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 classic “You’re the One I Love,” on which Fiona Apple duets with Watkins.
A limited-edition 7” of “You’re the One I Love” will be made available April 21, as part of Record Store Day.

Tour dates:
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

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