Sara Watkins

Episode 340: See You Around - I'm With Her

Episode 340: See You Around - I'm With Her

All it took was an off-the-cuff show back in 2014, and the trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan knew they had something special. Formalizing this new union under the name I'm With Her, the three powerhouses have spent the past few years sporadically touring the group around, releasing an EP, and now they are releasing their much-anticipated debut full-length, See You Around.

Built on a foundation of tradition, intimate confessionalism, and expert musicianship, See You Around owes as much to the musician's past as it seems like a logical waypoint on their journey through song. We're going in on the supergroup's debut to find out if I'm With Her has got legs or if we're going to be seeing them around for a long time to come.

PLUS! Kim Ware's The Good Graces is back with The Hummingbird EP, and we've got it's charming AF leadoff track for you to put in your earholes!

Episode 229: Sara Watkins

Episode 229: Sara Watkins

Over the course of her career, Sara Watkins (I'm With Her, Nickel Creek) has stretched the boundaries of bluegrass, toured the world, and collaborated with legends of the music industry, all the while continuing to shape her own formidable legacy.

Right now, she's sitting down to chat with us about her new album Young In All The Wrong Ways, how she got hooked on music and more. 

For realz.

Episode 198: Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

Episode 198: Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

Word is starting to come out that Apple might be in talks to buy Jay Z's TIDAL. Is this the beginning of the end of the streaming wars or...nah...that's totally what it is.

Laura Mvula's second album The Dreaming Room, is a symphony of soul and jazz that's pushing the boundaries of both genres. Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor at Bandcamp) and Marcus K. Dowling (Getting Overjoin us to celebrate one of this years must hear albums. 

Sara Watkins (Nickel CreekI'm With Her) is back with a new LP, Young In All The Wrong Ways, and we've got the title track for you to get lost in.

LIVE: Sara Watkins @ The 9:30 Club - 6/1/12

Is there anything more adorable than a slightly dewy Sara Watkins on a stormy D.C. night? We would argue no, no there isn’t. Opening for L.A. vintage rockers Dawes on Friday at the 9:30 Club, the sweetheart of the nouveau-bluegrass scene charmed the rain-soaked socks right off her audience with a combination of fiddlin’ (yeah, we said fiddlin’) and singing and adorable little anecdotes that made us once again flash our NMTOB-E placards. That’s Never Miss The Opening Band - Ever, for those of you in the back. Oh, and did we mention she’s adorable?

LIVE: A Prairie Home Companion @ Wolf Trap - 5/26/12

The first time I visited Wolf Trap I couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 years old. We had come up to DC to see Itzhak Perlman perform with the National Symphony Orchestra (I think).; Being a budding violin player at the time, the experience of seeing that stage for the first time, taking in the beauty of the venue itself and hearing those absolutely perfect acoustics ring from it’s rafters – it was the tipping point. It was the first time I can remember being aware of the powerful effect music can have on a person. It made me want to drown in the stuff until there was no air left to breathe and only the sound remained. Seeing Perlman wring the purest sounds you’ve ever heard out of his Stradivarius was the first time I realized what a rock star really was. Some otherworldly being here to astound with seemingly impossible talents. Rock stars were gods and this place, Wolf Trap, was the pulpit from which they spread their universal message far and wide.

If that sounds all mystical and outrageously hyperbolic, you may be right – I was eight. But on that night I knew magic, and each and every time that I return to that place I get a little hint, a hit, of how special a venue it really is.  The magic is real, and it persists today. Without question Wolftrap is one of the best venues in the country (I love you Hollywood Bowl, but you don’t stand a chance in a cage match here). It’s heart bleeds music, rock stars and legend. So how could I resist when a legend, a rock star, of a different sort,  was set to  perform on its stage this past Saturday night.