Watkins Family Hour Album Release

Watkins Family Hour's self-titled debut album will be released this Friday, July 24th. I'm happy to have photographed the album cover. They will be on the road to support the album the rest of the summer with guests at each stop. Highlights include The Newport Folk Festival the day of the release and serving as the house band at Lincoln Center for the 50th anniversary celebration of Dylan's "Highway 61" album. Should be fun!

You can get more info on the album and the tour by visiting their website.

 

Watkins Family Hour at Largo

On February 15, Sean and Sara Watkins hosted another Watkins Family Hour show at Largo at the Coronet.

For about ten years running, Sean and Sara Watkins have hosted the “Watkins Family Hour” show at the Largo at the Coronet here in LA. The audience attending Watkins Family Hour will hear original songs, country music, old-time three-part harmony bluegrass, music hall jazz tunes, traditional folk songs, Gospel, reels, jigs and any other kinds of music Sean and Sara and their band feel up to playing that night.

In addition to their cracker jack band, Sean and Sara are joined every show by their friends from the various musical circles the siblings are part of. Unannounced prior to the show, the guest artists provide a fun element of surprise and chance to each show.

Oh, and the cracker jack band? On piano, Benmont Tench. On pedal steel,Greg Leisz. On bass,  Sebastian Steinberg. And on drums, Don Heffington. Within the group is a rock n roll Hall-of-Famer and a Heartbreaker, a future HoF-er, sidemen to countless A-list musicians, session players on numerous extraordinary albums. The four gentlemen have collectively changed and moved the needle on the direction of popular music countless times over several decades.    

For the February edition of the WFH, the siblings were joined by their long time friends and WFH regulars, Fiona Apple, Glen Phillips and Jackson Browne. The show took place the night after Valentine’s Day which got the musicians speaking about love; real and imagined, true and manufactured. Sean spoke of how it was Glen that got them to start playing at Largos. He spoke of how lucky he is that he’s able to listen to a Jackson Browne track one day and several days later suggest to the man himself that they play it. Sara and Fiona talked of shooting presidents. Ummm….you had to be there.

I had the honor of photographing the show. Here are some images from the night. Enjoy!

The next Watkins Family Hour show will be on March 25th. For lovers of great music, there will be no better place to be.

Sean Watkins at McCabe's Guitar Shop

Sean Watkins played a show at McCabe's Guitar Shop on Jan 30th to wrap up his west coast tour supporting his wonderful solo album "All I do Is Lie". Even at his young age, Sean is a veteran of the music scene; member of the modern bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, the host of the long running "Watkins Family Hour" with his sister Sara, one half of the duo Fiction Family, touring with Lyle Lovett, etc.

This time around, he took a step into the spotlight showcasing his solo work.

 

For the tour, he was accompanied by Dominique Arciero on vocals and guitar, Tyler Chester on bass, vocals and keyboard, and Mark Stepro on drums.

Tyler multi-tasking.

For several songs, Sean went electric.

And the sound was delivered via an old school Supro amp.

In the middle of the set, while Sean played solo, Tyler and Mark took this time to check out the photo walls illustrating McCabe's presenting live music for 50+ years.

Dominique had a chance to present a song of hers.

Jackson Browne came out to offer moral support. Though Sean played at McCabe's many times before, this was his first time as the headliner and he was happy with the show.

With the show done and the pressure over with, Sean and the band relaxes hanging out with friends and meeting fans. Here, Sean is talking with Lincoln, the concert manager of McCabe's

Sean will be on stage next at the Watkins Family Hour on February 15th then will take his solo tour to the East. Check out his tour dates by visiting his site www.seanwatkins.com.