Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:15 am
Sara Watkins isn't the flashiest of singing stars, but she's already carved out a remarkable career: She got her start as a kid with Chris Thile and her brother Sean in the heavily decorated, platinum-selling Nickel Creek, and has since gone on to perform with The Decemberists, Ray LaMontagne and Bela Fleck, among others. And, of course, she's put out some fine solo records, the latest of which is this year's Sun Midnight Sun.
That new record is a real sleeper, worthy of the crossover success enjoyed by the likes of Lady Antebellum or Sugarland; it's a smart, surprising collection of sweetly hooky songs that rest within pop, country and folk on the Venn diagram of musical genres. Sara Watkins performs here as part of the 2012 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Sunday, July 29 in Newport, R.I.