Sara Watkins to Perform on "The Tonight Show"; Her New Album "Might Be the Finest Album of the Year" (The Wrap/Reuters)
Sara Watkins, whose new album, Sun Midnight Sun, was released this week in North America on Nonesuch Records, will celebrate the occasion with a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tune in to NBC tonight at 11:35 PM ET to see Watkins perform the song "You and Me" off the new album.
The second solo album Watkins, Sun Midnight Sun, features guest appearances by Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Sean Watkins, and more. The album includes songs written by Watkins, several collaborations with Mills, songs by Dan Wilson and Willie Nelson, and a duet with Fiona Apple on The Everly Brothers classic “You’re the One I Love.” The album will be released worldwide on May 28.
Sun Midnight Sun earned four stars from USA Today upon its release and has now earned glowing marks from the Reuters-syndicated site The Wrap.
"If Levon Helm's passing put you in an Americana mood, but you're not sure younger generations have as much to bring to roots-based music as their elders, proceed directly to the superb sophomore effort by Sara Watkins," writes Wrap reviewer Chris Willman. "Not that Sun Midnight Sun will only be a balm to suffering Band fans; it might be the finest album of the year so far in any genre."
Willman notes Watkins' take on Willie Nelson's tune "I'm a Memory," featuring harmony by Jackson Browne, for bringing out in the song "a glorious pop hook that Willie never made so evident. It's the giddiest song you'll ever hear about missed opportunities and regrets … and your life really should be filled with remorse if you don't add this rendition to your permanent collection."
He goes on to say of Watkins: "Her voice has grown warmer and more expressive, even if she's also got a measure of cool reserve that neatly augments the music's essential timelessness."
Read the complete review at yahoo.com.
To pick up a copy of Sun Midnight Sun, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include an instant download of the album; MP3s and lossless FLAC files are also available there.