“Watkins’ time in the spotlight is a triumph with her agile playing
and the kind of voice that gives your goose bumps the shivers.”
— The BBC
Sara Watkins grew up as a singing and fiddling sensation in Nickel Creek, a trio she’d started performing in professionally when she was a mere eight years old, alongside her guitarist brother, Sean, and mandolinist Chris Thile.
Raised on bluegrass, they quickly assimilated elements of classical, jazz, and rock. The Grammy winning act brought traditional roots music to a wholly new collegiate audience, riding an upward trajectory into mainstream venues and playing to huge crowds the world over. In 2007, Nickel Creek took an indefinite hiatus so the band members could concentrate on solo work.
Sara spent two formative years on the road fronting her own band. In 2009, her self-titled CD was produced by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame, who first performed with her on a super group Mutual Admiration Society tour. Her second release, Midnight Sun featured backing vocals by Fiona Apple and Jackson Browne, with whom she’s toured extensively.
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In 2010, Watkins toured with Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain in Scotland and England for the Transatlantic Sessions culminating in a performance in the Royal Festival Hall in London. That summer, she joined the Summer Love Tour with Garrison Keillor across the US. In 2014, Nickel Creek recorded A Dotted Line and launched a reunion tour to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Sara Watkins teamed up with Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan to form I’m With Her. In 2015, the trio toured the UK and Japan. From February through April, 2016, Sara is out on a 40-city Use Your Voice Tour with Patty Griffin and Anais Mitchell as a voter engagement drive in conjunction with The League of Women Voters.