Hollywood, CA (June 29, 2016)—Singer-songwriter and fiddler Sara Watkins has recorded tracks for her new album, Young in All the Wrong Ways, at United Recording in Hollywood.
Fellow fiddler Gabe Witcher, a founding member of bluegrass ensemble Punch Brothers, produced the album, Watkins’ third solo release, which is due out July 1 on New West Records. The band that includes two of Witcher’s fellow Punch Brothers: guitarist Chris Eldridge and bass player Paul Kowert. Providing harmonies on the title track are Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, Watkins’ bandmates in I’m With Her. Jim James of My Morning Jacket provides a vocal foil on “One Last Time.”
Watkins debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. In addition to singing and fiddling, Watkins also plays the ukulele and the guitar, and also played percussion while touring with The Decemberists. With Nickel Creek, Watkins released five studio albums, one compilation album and seven singles. During the band’s seven-year hiatus, Watkins released two solo albums, the self-titled Sara Watkins and Sun Midnight Sun.
According to Watkins, “I’ve known these guys for a long time, so there’s a personal trust as well as a musical trust. I was able to put my heart and soul into these performances, in a way that I don’t think I would be able to if I was in a room full of strangers.”