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Watkins Family Hour launch new Work From Home with Watkins Family Hour livestream series

“CBS THIS MORNING” PERFORMANCE CONFIRMED FOR MAY 16
NEW ALBUM BROTHER SISTER RELEASED
TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM

Watkins Family Hour—the acclaimed musical collective featuring Grammy Award-winning siblings Sara and Sean Watkins—kick off their new weekly livestream series, Work From Home with Watkins Family Hour, also known as #WFHwithWFH, this Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.

Each Thursday throughout the month of May, the Watkins siblings will host a variety of special guests for live performances with a portion of all ticket sales benefitting MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. Guests confirmed to perform include John C. Reilly, Mandy Moore & Taylor Goldsmith, Ruston Kelly, The War & Treaty, Mandolin Orange, Mike Viola and Tré Burt. Tickets for the series and additional schedule details are available at watkinsfamilyhour.com.

Of WFHwithWFH, Sara shares, “Naturally, Sean and I were very sad to have to cancel our record release tour due to COVID-19, so in lieu of us going on tour to you, we invite you to us. Our monthly Largo shows always involve a special guest or two who’s in the area but given the circumstances, for these online shows, we were able to invite friends who are sheltering on the other side of the country, as well as a few friends in Los Angeles to Watkins Family Hour with us.”

Additionally, Watkins Family Hour will perform on CBS This Morning on Saturday, May 16 as part of their “Saturday Sessions” series and were also featured on “Live From Here with Chris Thile” this past weekend. Listen to the full episode HERE.

The performances celebrate Watkins Family Hour’s critically acclaimed new album brother sister, which was released last month via Family Hour Records/Thirty Tigers. Stream/purchase the album HERE. Their first release in five years, the album focuses on the musical and lyrical chemistry of Watkins Family Hour. By carving out time to write together with the Family Hour in mind for the first time, they created a record that demonstrates their unique familial creative partnership while still harnessing the energy and honesty of their legendary live performances at Los Angeles’ Largo—the collective’s residency now in its 18th year.

Recent critical acclaim for brother sister:


“absolutely masterful”

“beautiful collection of entertaining Americana”
“energetic acoustic jams featuring the kind of harmonies only family can create”
“a fantastic show-off of the Watkins’ combined musicianship as Sean soulfully keeps time on his guitar while Sara expertly plucks a whole rainbow of emotions from her violin”

“yet another example of their supple down home sound as applied
with a certain folksy finesse”

“a positively ingratiating pop sensibility”
“Throughout, of course, there is that sweet vocal blend that defines everything they do together, so natural and smooth and enchanting.”

“Both Sara and Sean Watkins are known for their honeyed voices, and
together, they sound extra rich.”
“showcase both their instrumental and lyrical strengths, along with
sibling harmonies that weave it all together”

“delightful”
“exemplifies everything about the musical partnership of Watkins Family Hour: impossibly precise instrumentation; tight harmonies; pop sensibilities; a bright, cheerful melody”

“a powerful unit”

“lovely instrumentation and gorgeous harmonies”
“It is truly a gift for two siblings to make magical music like this but, of course, it’s not surprising given their success in Nickel Creek and other bands. Yet, music distilled to just the two of them reveals an especially warm sound.”

“some of the most inspired folk, bluegrass and Americana music out there”

Of the project, Sara shares, “It felt really good to dig into the potential of two people…the primary goal of this record became to see what we could do when it is just the two of us. The arrangements and the writing were all focused on that. Listening now, I’m really proud of what we did. These are songs that would not have come out of either one of us individually and it feels like a band sound, like this is what we do, the two of us.”

Produced by Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis, Mandy Moore, J.S. Ondara), brother sister features seven original songs co-written by Sara and Sean as well as three new covers: Courtney Hartman and Taylor Ashton’s “Neighborhood Name,” Warren Zevon’s “Accidentally Like A Martyr” and Charley Jordan’s “Keep It Clean,” which features special guest vocalists David Garza, Gaby Moreno and John C. Reilly.

The new album follows 2015’s self-titled debut, which mirrored the experience of their residency and featured special guests Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Greg Leisz, Sebastian Steinberg and Benmont Tench. Consisting of only covers, Watkins Family Hour was released to widespread critical acclaim—The New York Times called the debut an “oak-solid debut album,” while NPR Music described it as “glorious.” Furthermore, Pitchfork praised, “When bands we like cover songs we love, our best hope to relive those special moments is usually through sideways videos recorded on cell phones and uploaded to YouTube. But with this crystalline collection, Watkins Family Hour offers a more compelling insight” and the Los Angeles Times declared, “they’ve nurtured a communal spirit that seems rarer and rarer.”

In addition to Watkins Family Hour, Sara and Sean’s acclaimed projects include I’m With Her (Sara), Fiction Family (Sean), Nickel Creek with their friend and longtime collaborator, Chris Thile, as well as their successful individual careers.

BROTHER SISTER TRACK LIST
1. The Cure
2. Neighborhood Name
3. Just Another Reason
4. Snow Tunnel
5. Lafayette
6. Fake Badge, Real Gun
7. Miles of Desert Sand
8. Bella and Ivan
9. Accidentally Like a Martyr
10. Keep It Clean

www.watkinsfamilyhour.com

 

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