Watch: Sara Watkins' "Take Up Your Spade" Video Premieres via LA Times
Sara Watkins' video for the song "Take Up Your Spade," the closing track off her new album, Sun Midnight Sun, has premiered on the Los Angeles Times Pop & Hiss blog, which describes the song as "a gentle benedictory ode to the notion that every moment brings with it the possibility of renewal." The video was shot at the recording session for the new album by director Reid Long and features guest vocalists Jackson Browne and Fiona Apple and producer Blake Mills. Watch it here.
Sara Watkins' video for the song "Take Up Your Spade," the closing track off her new album, Sun Midnight Sun, made its world premiere earlier today on the Los Angeles Times Pop & Hiss blog, which describes the song as "a gentle benedictory ode to the notion that every moment brings with it the possibility of renewal." The video was shot at the recording session for the new album by director Reid Long and features Jackson Browne and Fiona Apple, who contribute backing vocals on the song, and producer Blake Mills. Following the Pop & Hiss premiere, the video is now available on Watkins' YouTube channel and at nonesuch.com/media. Watch it below.
The second solo album from Watkins, Sun Midnight Sun includes songs written by Watkins, like "Take Up Your Spade," 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.” USA Today calls the album "flawless" and "a gorgeous pop masterpiece ... pure musical pleasure." The Wrap says "it might be the finest album of the year."
Sara Watkins performed the first of several spring dates opening for Dawes at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, Pennsylvania, last night. They perform at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, tonight, followed by festival sets at the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival in Elmer, New Jersey, on Saturday, and at Mountain Jam in Hunter, New York, on Sunday. Fans around the world can catch all the Mountain Jam action as the festival streams live online at mountainjam.com; Watkins is slated to go on at 4 PM ET. For additional tour information, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.
Watch the "Take Up Your Spade" video here:
Friday, February 17, 2017Friday, February 17, 2017
Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express will perform music from their album Junun as the opening act for Radiohead in select cities on the band's sold-out European tour: at the Spektrum in Oslo on June 6 and 7, Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on June 9, 3 Arena in Dublin on June 20, and Manchester Arena on July 4 and 5. Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express will also perform at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona on June 3 and Best Kept Secret in the Netherlands on June 18. The Times of London calls Junun "intriguing, sinuous, and essential listening."
Thursday, February 16, 2017Thursday, February 16, 2017
Rhiannon Giddens's new album, Freedom Highway, is due next Friday, February 24. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full here as an NPR First Listen. It's a "rich collection, the latest chapter in the 40-year-old master folklorist, banjo virtuoso and vocal powerhouse's epic retelling of our history with its sins and sorrows—and joy born of resilience—fully reinstated," says NPR. "[H]ope comes back to life in Giddens' music."Journal Topics: Artist News