Watkins Family Hour (Photo by Jacob Boll)
Watkins Family Hour’s new album Vol. II, the band’s third album, finds siblings Sara and Sean Watkins taking stock of the ever-evolving community of musicians and music lovers they’ve helped cultivate over the last two decades.
Join the celebration with a performance by the Watkins Family Hour at The Birchmere on Sunday, Oct. 23!
What began as a variety show amongst friends at Los Angeles’s beloved Largo Nightclub has grown to a wildly popular touring entity with hundreds of shows, and now three albums, under their belts, and Vol. II finds them in as fine a form as ever.
This new collection features a number of longtime friends of the show — Fiona Apple, Jon Brion, Jackson Browne, Madison Cunningham, Lucius, Gaby Moreno, Benmont Tench, and Willie Watson, to name a few –joining Sean and Sara across 11 tracks that encapsulate where Watkins Family Hour started, how the project grew, and where it could be headed in the future.
Watch a live take of “She Left Me Standing on the Mountain” by Watkins Family Hour featuring Willie Watson on YouTube:
Watkins Family Hour is a collaborative musical project founded by musicians and siblings Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins and traditionally held at the beloved Los Angeles club Largo. Since the first Watkins Family Hour show in 2002, the duo has released three studio albums, debuting with their self-titled album in 2015, following with Brother Sister in 2020, and, most recently, releasing Vol. II in August 2022. Sean and Sara recorded Vol. II at Los Angeles’ East West Studios in early 2022 alongside a stacked roster of longtime and new Family Hour collaborators, including Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Madison Cunningham, Lucius, Jon Brion, and more. As with their debut, the band will tour in support of Vol. II, bringing the Watkins Family Hour experiences to stages far and wide.
As both Sean and Sara continue to work on their own solo music, as well as with their other bands like Nickel Creek and I’m With Her, Watkins Family Hour remains an invaluable resource and respite for them both, offering a familiar but ever-evolving space to test new ideas, meet new collaborators and, most importantly, have a good time doing what they love.
Watkins Family Hour
w/ Willie Watson
Sunday, Oct. 23
Show @ 7:30pm