11 Songs, 39 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
Nate Curlen

Incredible album, Incredible talent, Incredible songs

I just bought this album last night and have already listened to it 4 times the whole way through! This incredible band includes Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Fiona Apple, and three other exceedingly talented musicians. All of the songs are beautiful interpretations of more obscure songs from some of the biggest artists in history. Standout tracks include Fleetwood Mac's "Steal Your Heart Away", The Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace", Dylan's "Going, Going, Gone", Skeeter Davis' "Where I Ought To Be", Robert Earl Keen's "Feeling Good Again", and "Not In Nottingham" from the animated Disney classic "Robin Hood". There is not a bad track on this album! It is brilliant. If you are a fan of bluegrass, traditional country, and folk, mixed with a bluesy rock flavor, then buy this album now...You will be hooked!

Scotty :DD


Brilliant album all the way through. So happy that Fiona Apple is doing what she loves with such wonderful people

CB 128 :)

Watkins Brilliance

A treat for any Nickel Creek or bluegrass/blues fan. Excellent musicianship and lots of "Newgrass" soul!!

About Watkins Family Hour

Watkins Family Hour is a collaborative performance and recording project led by Los Angeles-based siblings Sean and Sara Watkins, both of whom came to prominence in the 1990s as part of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek. Beginning in 2002, they were offered a monthly residency at L.A.'s famous venue Largo, which they called the Watkins Family Hour. The gig took on the form of a variety show where the Watkins' could stretch out musically, working out new material, collaborating with other players, and generally letting loose creatively while in between tours. Over the years, the Family Hour became a spontaneous meeting place where, on any given night, artists like Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Dawes, Nikka Costa, and even actor/comedian John C. Reilly might sit in for a set. In 2015, Sean and Sara decided to turn their show into a recording project, enlisting several of their longtime collaborators to record an album of cover songs under the Watkins Family Hour banner. Members of their de facto house band include pianist Benmont Tench, pedal steel player Greg Leisz, bassist Sebastian Steinberg, drummer Don Heffington, and guest vocalist Fiona Apple, all of whom appear on the Family Hour's debut. In support of the album's 2015 release, the Watkins took their show on the road using the same variety show type format comprising a rehearsed set along with unplanned jams and various regional guests. ~ Timothy Monger

Los Angeles, CA


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