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WPA consists of some of the most accomplished and legendary musicians

WPA (Works Progress Administration) consists of some of the most accomplished and legendary musicians in today s American music scene. Founding members Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), and Luke Bulla (Jerry Douglas Band, Ricky Skaggs, Lyle Lovett) have teamed up with Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, Wilco, Sheryl Crow, Beck), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Randy Newman), and Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Cracker), and long-time acclaimed producer Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Rolling Stones). Once they entered Scott’s studio, the group was able to collaborate and record 17 songs live in only five days.

In an era where the expectation of a supergroup is something conceived by business executives, this band came out of an authentic and vibrant musical community, and the result is a beautiful reflection of its origins. WPA was born out of the musical community surrounding the legendary LA club, Largo. The eight members of the band had known and admired each other for years, and found themselves with a strong batch of unrecorded songs, a little down time, and a collective feeling that it might be a good idea to put something on tape.

The instant classic Always Have My Love , penned and sung by Glen Phillips, starts the album with a powerful dose of dual fiddles, pedal steel and piano, revealing the band s palette from the first bar. The album continues with five more Phillips songs, plaintive and introspective tunes from Sean Watkins ( Not Sure , Paralyzed and You re Already Gone ), commanding vocals performed by Luke Bulla on Who s Gonna Cry For You and Remember Well , and the haunting voice of Sara Watkins on Benmont Tench s The Price and the Ray Davies classic I Go To Sleep . Despite having four lead singers and a high level of instrumental prowess the band keeps its focus in service to the song, and creates a sound that is both timeless and unique.

Glen Phillips at his best

Amazing compilation of music. I think this is Glen's best work yet. The songs are artistically and perfectly performed by each member of the band with amazing vocals and beautiful chord progressions. And it has a great variety of songs as there are different lead vocals and instrumental solos. This was a genious production and speaks volumes to the amazing talent of this band. I hope they get lots of credit for this album because they deserve it!! Rise Up is probably my favorite song but they are all worth it.

Fantastic debut, a must-have! More please!

Fresh sounds and fresh insights from such a talented group of well-seasoned performers. This genre-defying album is a must have for any fans of Glen, Sean, Sarah, or newcomer (to me anyway) Luke. I most love how they each take their turns at the mic, from being comforted by Glen's familiar voice on Always Have My Love, to being haunted by Luke's yearning on Not Sure. The music and their harmonies are absolutely beautiful, definitely a must-have.


Genre: Country

Works Progress Administration, named after a Franklin Roosevelt program to put people to work during the Great Depression, is something of a sideman supergroup that developed out of the interactions of musicians at the Los Angeles club Largo. Its founding members were former Toad the Wet Sprocket singer/guitarist Glen Phillips, singer/guitarist Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, and champion fiddle player Luke Bulla. They added pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz; Watkins' sister Sara Watkins, also of Nickel...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Country, Music
  • Released: Sep 15, 2009

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