Another Bold Step for Sara Watkins

Read about Sara Watkins’ new album ‘Young In All The Wrong Ways’


Sara Watkins (left) as part of I’m With Her – photo Jim Jacob

New Album

‘Young In All The Wrong Ways’

July 1 2016


Sara Watkins is talented and, oh so versatile.

Her CV to date includes a member of the wunderkind, platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning group Nickel Creek (with Punch BrothersChris Thile and brother Sean Watkins), two solo albums and a member of two other ‘roots supergroups’ – I’m With Her and Watkins Family Hour.

Q: What will she do next?

A: Stepping back to the role of front woman and changing her sound again.

Young In All The Wrong Ways is the forthcoming new album from Sara Watkins, due July 1 2016 on New West Records.

sara watkins young in all the wrong ways


From the media release:

Self-described as a “breakup album with myself,” writing and recording these ten intensely soul-baring songs was a means for her to process and mark the last couple years, which have been transformative.

“I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn’t who or where I wanted to be,” reveals the accomplished musician who has been playing professionally since the age of eight. “It’s been a process of letting go and leaving behind patterns and relationships and in some cases how I’ve considered myself.

What these songs are documenting is the turmoil you feel when you know something has to change and you’re grappling with what that means. It means you’re losing something and moving forward into the unknown.” The album, which will be available on LP, CD, and digital download, is available for pre-order as of today via Pledge Music: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sarawatkins

I was lucky to see Watkins perform live last year, in the guises of I’m With Her and Watkins Family Hour and was deeply swayed by her talent and resourcefulness.  Not to mention her work ethic, which seems to be without limits.

Watkins has just finished a seven-week tour with Patty Griffin and Anais Mitchell as part of the League of Women Voters’ Use Your Voice Tour in an effort to drive voter engagement and education.  Watkins will return to the road in June for a series of performances, including Bonnaroo, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Kennedy Center in D.C. and a hometown record release show in Los Angeles.  On the day of the release of Young In All The Wrong Ways, Watkins will take part in Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” show at the Hollywood Bowl.  See known dates below (more to come).

The video of the first single from the new release, ‘Move Me’ is a powerful and emotional offering, with the voice and personality up-front (no instrument in sight) providing a rocking, building plea.

Young In All The Wrong Ways was produced by Gabe Witcher at United Recording (formerly Ocean Way) in Hollywood last year.  Watkins wrote and recorded the album during a period when she was without a manager and record label – a bold step for this artist who is used to taking chances.

The album features a terrific band that included two of Witcher’s fellow Punch Brothers, guitarist Chris Eldridge and bass player Paul Kowert, and musicians Jon Brion and Jay Bellerose.  Watkins’ bandmates in her trio, I’m With HerSarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan (see header pic) also appear, as does Jim James (My Morning Jacket).

Young In All The Wrong Ways – Track Listing

1. Young In All The Wrong Ways
2. The Love That Got Away
3. One Last Time
4. Move Me
5. Like New Year’s Day
6. Say So
7. Without A Word
8. The Truth Won’t Set Us Free
9. Invisible

10. Tenderhearted


Go here for show updates

June 12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
June 17 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 22 – Portsmouth, NH @ Prescott Park Arts Festival
June 23 – Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center Atrium – American Acoustic
June 24 – Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center Concert Hall – American Acoustic  (as I’m With Her)
June 25 – Katonah, NY @ American Roots Music Festival
June 26 – Shirley, MA @ The Bull Run
June 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
July 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl – “A Prairie Home Companion”
July 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at the Coronet
July 13 – Vail, CO @ Vail Summer Bluegrass Series
July 14 – Boulder, CO @ eTown Hall
July 16 – Oak Hill, NY @ Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
August 13 – Alta, WY @ Targhee Fest
September 3 – Pagosa Springs, CO @ Four Corners Folk Festival
September 9 – Pasadena, CA @ Levitt Pavilion @ Memorial Park
September 10 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Lobero Theatre
September 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
September 16 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
September 17 – Seattle, WA @ The Tractor
September 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota Jazz Club
September 21 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School Of Folk Music
September 24 – Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
September 25 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
September 27 – Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage
September 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
September 20 – Pawling, NY @ Daryl’s House
October 1 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
October 2 – Portland, ME @ One Longfellow Square
October 3 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
October 5 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
October 6 – Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
October 9 – Peninsula, OH @ The G.A.R. Hall
November 2 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
November 3 – Belfast, IE @ Errigle Inn
November 4 – Bury, UK @ Met
November 5 – Gateshead, UK @ The Sage
November 6 – Sheffield, UK @ Greystones
November 8 – Bristol, UK @ Tunnels
November 10 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
November 11 – Oxford, UK @ Bullingdon
November 12 – Guildford, UK @ St. Mary’s
November 13 – Saltaire, UK @ Live at Caroline

November 30 – Lincoln, NE @ Lied Center

Read about Sara Watkins’ new album ‘Young In All The Wrong Ways’

Read about Sara Watkins’ new album ‘Young In All The Wrong Ways’

Read about Sara Watkins’ new album ‘Young In All The Wrong Ways’

Read about Sara Watkins’ new album ‘Young In All The Wrong Ways’


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