Sara and Sean Watkins to Release ‘Watkins Family Hour’ Album
The self-titled album is set for release via Family Hour Records and Thirty Tigers on July 24, with guest appearances from Fiona Apple and Benmont Tench, who is the keyboardist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The record is made up entirely of covers, featuring Sara Watkins' version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Steal Your Heart Away” -- which you can hear a preview of below -- and Sean Watkins' take on “Not in Nottingham,” from the 1973 Disney film Robin Hood. A complete track listing is also available below
The pair started the "Watkins Family Hour" live show in 2002 at Largo in Los Angeles, Calif. The monthly event has featured guests from the music, comedy and entertainment worlds, including Jackson Browne, John C. Reilly, Nick Kroll and others. They will tour to support the album's release, with different performers joining them at each stop.
“We are being thoughtful about where we are going so we can have that sort of flexibility," Sara Watkins says. "It will be a very different show in every town.”
Sean Watkins and Apple recently worked together to release a version of the bluegrass murder ballad, “Banks of the Ohio.” Sara Watkins is also releasing a 7" vinyl project, due out May 8, with Sarah Jarosz and Aofie O’Donovan.
A list of upcoming dates can be found at WatkinsFamilyHour.com.
Sara and Sean Watkins, Watkins Family Hour Track Listing:
1. "Feelin’ Good Again" (lead vocals by Sara Watkins)
2. "Where I Ought to Be" (lead vocals by Fiona Apple and Sara Watkins)
3. "Not in Nottingham" (lead vocals by Sean Watkins)
4. "Steal Your Heart Away" (lead vocals by Sara Watkins)
5. "Prescription for the Blues" (lead vocals by Benmont Tench)
6. "Going Going Gone" (Sean Watkins)
7. "Hop High" (lead vocals by Sara Watkins)
8. "She Thinks I Still Care" (lead vocals by Sebastian Steinberg)
9. "The King of the 12 oz. Bottles" (lead vocals by Don Heffington)
10. "Early Morning Rain" (lead vocals by Sara Watkins)
11. "Brokedown Palace" (lead vocals by Sara Watkins)
Listen to a Preview of Watkins Family Hour, "Steal Your Heart Away":