Sara Watkins' new LP, 'Young In All The Wrong Ways,' Streaming Now at NPR First Listen


LOS ANGELES, CA, June 27, 2016 - Ahead of its release this Friday, July 1 onNew West Records, Sara Watkins much anticipated new solo album, Young in All The Wrong Ways, is premiering in full all week long at NPR First Listen. "By now, Watkins has been in the spotlight for half her life. Never before has she made her voice heard quite this clearly," they exclaimed. "The title track opens the album and sets the tone. Watkins momentarily loses herself in lulling wistfulness, only to lurch into a rebuke of naïveté, bearing down on her scorn for once-automatic acquiescence over spiky eruptions of electric guitar and a tumultuous drum groove. 'I'm going out to see about my own frontier,' she insists twice in a row, sounding determinedly detached. Watkins isn't acting out belated rebellion so much as disrupting comfortable certainty and fleshing out an adult, feminine vantage point - one that chooses which attachments to cultivate." Listen here: http://www.npr.org/2016/06/23/482326186/first-listen-sara-watkins-young-in-all-the-wrong-ways

Watkins, who is currently nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year by theAmericana Music Association for their upcoming awards show, recently shared the beautifully shot video for the powerful title track via Wall Street Journal Speakeasy, the cinematic clip directed by Emilie Sabath, was shot in the desert and mountains of Southern California and mirrors the intense, personal nature of the lyrics. As the WSJ expressed, the "musician surrounded herself with yucca plants, tall mountains, and a quaint cabin outside of Palmdale, Calif. But it's her intense gaze into the camera that takes center stage." Watch the video below:

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Sara Watkins - "Young In All The Wrong Ways" (Official Video)
Following two riveting performances at Bonnaroo and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, this past weekend Watkins performed at the Kennedy Center inWashington, D.C. with I'm With Her, her trio with Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan, for the American Acoustic series curated by Chris Thile.Tomorrow, June 28, Watkins will perform at Rough Trade in Brooklyn before heading home to Los Angeles to take part in Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" farewell show at the Hollywood Bowl followed by a hometown record release show Thursday, July 7 at Largo at the Coronet. An expansive tour that will take her from coast to coast will take place in the fall. See dates below with more to come. 

Young In All The Wrong Ways sees the acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist boldly stepping back in to the role of frontwoman following the collaborative groups of Watkins Family Hour and the Platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, which she first formed with her brother Sean Watkins and Chris Thile when she was just eight years old. Easily her most cohesive and fully realized album of her solo career, it is also her most introspective, personal and revealing; she wrote or co-wrote each of the 10 songs - a first for her. 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. These songs contain some of the heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions of thrumming B3 organ and jagged electric guitar. But it's also quiet, vulnerable, tenderhearted. 
The album was produced in Los Angeles by Gabe Witcher who put together a stellar band that included two of his fellow Punch Brothers, guitarist Chris Eldridge and bass player Paul Kowert, and musicians Jon Brion and Jay Bellerose. Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan, Watkins' bandmates in I'm With Her, provide harmonies on the title track while Jim James of My Morning Jacket guests on "One Last Time." 
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 Bluegrass Festival
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 7 - Roseland, VA @ The Festy
October 9 - Peninsula, OH @ The G.A.R. Hall
October 31 - Cork, IE @ Coughlan's Live
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
December 1 - Ames, IA @ Maintenance Shop
December 2 - Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads Saloon
December 4 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
December 5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
December 7 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
December 13 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern