Young In All the Wrong Ways is Sara Watkins' most cohesive and fully realized
solo album to date. The collection finds her embracing the role of frontwoman
following the collaborations of Watkins Family Hour (featuring Sean Watkins,
Fiona Apple and Benmont Tench) and Nickel Creek, the hugely successful group she
first formed with her brother Sean and Chris Thile. The album is also her most
powerful. Personal and revealing, she wrote or co-wrote each of the 10 songs - a
first for her. It was produced in Los Angeles by Gabe Witcher who arranged a
stellar band including two of his fellow Punch Brothers, guitarist Chris
Eldridge and bass player Paul Kowert, and additional 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'. Benmont Tench is again featured on keys.
Sara calls the record "a breakup album with myself..." Writing and
recording these ten intensely soul-baring songs was a mechanism to process and
mark the last few transformative years. The record is about Sara turning the
page and taking the reins of her own life, in both a career and personal sense.
"I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn't who or where I
wanted to be," Sara says. "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 songs contain some of
the heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions of thrumminb B3 organ and
jagged electric guitar. But it's also quiet, vulnerable, tenderhearted. Bold in
all the right ways.
Young In All the Wrong Ways reveals an artist who has managed to transform her
own turmoil into music that is beautiful and deeply moving: "God bless the
tenderhearted," she sings, "who let life overflow."
"While she's no mimic, Watkins clearly learned much from music greats. With her heart-felt vocals and simple arrangement on this album-closer, I dare you not to think of Dolly.'" - Karen Bells, The Absolute Sound
• Vinyl LP
• Includes insert
• Includes limited time download card
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 Side B:
1. Say So
2. Without A Word
3. The Truth Won't Set Us Free