Sara Watkins'self-titled debut, eagerly anticipated by the significant fan base she's built after nearly two decades as fiddle player and vocalist for Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, boasts an easygoing virtuosity.
The youthful Watkins, who joined Nickel Creek when she was barely in her teens, displays formidable skill as a multi-instrumentalist, playing the guitar and ukulele as well as the fiddle, and is just as versatile and breathtakingly mature as a singer. Watkins incorporates folk, country, gospel, and pop into her 14-song set, produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville.
Her self-penned fiddle songs are exuberant, foot stamping instrumentals, while her songs for which she wrote both the lyrics and music have a heart-meltingly lovelorn quality. Watkins knows how to channel in her own work the plaintive emotions of classic country and timeless pop.
'... warm, tender-hearted and beautifully executed music from a singer with a truly exquisite voice.' - www.crossrhythms.co.uk 'My girl plays a mean fiddle. She ain't too shabby with the ukelele, either. But it's her voice that gets you every time; mellow, laid back and charmingly seductive.' - www.surefish.co.uk