Sara Watkins talks new solo album, Fiona Apple, Nickel Creek
You can’t talk about Sara Watkins without dropping some big names. The former Nickel Creek member produced her first, self-titled 2009 album with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. She’s spent the years between now and then as a touring fiddler and backing singer for the Decemberists, as performer and occasional guest host for “Prairie Home Companion” and continuing the foundations of the Watkins Family Hour at L.A. mainstay Largo with her brother and Nickel Creek cohort Sean.
For fans of Nickel Creek, Watkins says she and Sean are still close with Chris Thile, who has gone on to form groups like the Punch Brothers. When I interviewed Watkins all the way back in 2007, she and Nickel Creek had said they were going on "indefinite hiatus"; that hiatus is still on, but performing together again isn't out of the question.
"I'd never say never... it would have to be the right timing. Chris and I play together in L.A. sometimes. So, maybe down the line. We said we'd play in Nickel Creek until it stopped being fun, and that's really what we did. If there's nothing we're counting on, then it'll be easy."