Watkins Family Hour

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Watkins Family Hour
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Bluegrass music, folk music
Years active 2002 (2002)–present
Labels Family Hour Records
Associated acts Nickel Creek
Members Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Sebastian Steinberg, Don Heffington

Watkins Family Hour is a bluegrass musical collaborative led by Sara and Sean Watkins. The group began in 2002 as a monthly, informal musical variety show with the Watkins siblings and their friends in the Los Angeles nightclub Largo. [1] Their eponymous debut album, which consists entirely of covers, [2] was released on July 24, 2015 on Family Hour Records via Thirty Tigers, [3] and was produced by Sheldon Gomberg. [4] In addition to the Watkins, musicians who performed on this album include Fiona Apple, Lone Justice's Don Heffington, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, and Soul Coughing’s Sebastian Steinberg. [3] According to Metacritic, Watkins Family Hour received generally favorable reviews from critics; on the site, the album has a score of 76 out of 100, based on six reviews. [4]

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References

  1. Monger, Timothy. "Watkins Family Hour Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. See, Elena (15 July 2015). "Review: Watkins Family Hour, 'Watkins Family Hour'". NPR. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  3. 1 2 Gleason, Holly (24 July 2015). "Watkins Family Hour: Watkins Family Hour Review". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  4. 1 2 "Watkins Family Hour". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 October 2016.