Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Watch: Sara Watkins’ Video for “When It Pleases You” from "Sun Midnight Sun"The first video from Sara Watkins’ acclaimed album, Sun Midnight Sun, for “When It Pleases You,” received its premiere via CMT.com yesterday and is now available to watch below via Watkins' YouTube channel. “When It Pleases You” was written by Dan Wilson, and the song’s video is directed by Peter Zavadil. Tonight, Watkins will be a presenter at the Americana Music Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium before returning to the road, playing several headlining shows and also joining Jackson Browne as a special guest throughout the fall. For details and ticket links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.
Watkins spoke with CMT about her new album before a recent concert with Browne at the Ryman Auditorium, which you can read at cmt.com.
Sun Midnight Sun has received critical praise, with USA Today giving the album four stars and calling it “flawless…a gorgeous pop masterpiece,” while The Wrap says “it might be the finest album of the year.” Watkins recently performed songs from the album on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and A Prairie Home Companion. Footage from the making of the album, accompanying the track “Take Up Your Spade,” premiered on the Los Angeles Times’ Pop & Hiss blog and is now available on Watkins’ YouTube channel.
Sun Midnight Sun was produced by Blake Mills and recorded, mixed, and mastered by Shawn Everett at Zeitgeist Studio in Los Angeles. The album includes songs written by Watkins (“You and Me,” “Take Up Your Spade”) as well as several collaborations with Mills (“The Foothills,” “Be There,” “The Accord,” “Impossible,” and “Lock and Key”). It also features Willie Nelson’s “I’m a Memory” and a rendition of The Everly Brothers classic “You’re the One I Love,” on which Fiona Apple duets with Watkins. The album follows Watkins’ 2009 self-titled solo debut, which was produced by John Paul Jones. In the three years between releases, Watkins toured the world as guest fiddle player and vocalist with the Decemberists and joined Garrison Keillor on his nationwide Summer Love performance tours, as well as acting as his first and only guest host for A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts.
Watch "When It Pleases You" here: