Gladden House Sessions 2017: Sara Watkins

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California native Sara Watkins has been working in the music industry since the ’80s; best known for her role as a founding member of the band Nickel Creek.

While she has also has claimed collaborations with the likes of The Decemberists and Watkins Family Hour, Watkins has continued to release remarkable solo albums since 2009, culminating in her newest outing with Young in All the Wrong Ways (New West Records). The album is a stunning reminder of Watkins’ prodigal abilities, with the album itself being completed in less than two weeks in Los Angeles at United Studios.

Sara Watkins’ afternoon performance at the Gladden House drew a large crowd of devoted fans. Watkins spent time discussing both her new album, as well as her future career plans with Gladden House host Josh Antonuccio. Her set pulled entirely from Young In All the Wrong Ways, with the delectable opener “Say So.” Watkins followed up with an impassioned performance of the title track, which was also the first song written for the new record. The set closer was “Move Me,” a track which ruminates on frustration with the pressure for constant perfection, finding Watkins encouraging explorations of the transcendent.