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Formerly of Nickel Creek
- Sunday, Apr 17, 2016
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Sean Watkins Media
Anthony D’Amato Media
About Sean Watkins
Sean Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was just 12 years old, kickstarting a career that’s taken him from the stage of the Grammy Awards to the top of the bluegrass charts. Along the way, he’s become an award-winning guitarist, a singer/songwriter and a member of several different bands, not to mention one of the early pioneers of a genre now known across the world as Americana. In 2014, after 25 years of being either a band member or sideman, Watkins put his full weight behind a new solo album, All I Do Is Lie.
Folk fans are already familiar with Nickel Creek’s story. Formed decades ago as a bluegrass trio, the group expanded its sound — and its popularity — with albums like the Grammy-winning This Side, which became a crossover hit on the bluegrass, country and pop charts in 2002. Three years later, when Nickel Creek decided to take an open-ended break from the studio, Watkins found himself with more time to focus on other projects. He made the most of it, forming an indie-folk duo called Fiction Family with Switchfoot’s frontman, Jon Foreman, and launching a monthly variety show called the Watkins Family Hour with his sister. Meanwhile, he also played with musicians from all different genres, even joining the touring bands of legendary songwriters like Jackson Browne and Lyle Lovett.
All I Do Is Lie also marks the first time that Watkins has promoted one of his solo albums with a full tour. He’s no stranger to the road, but this specific tour promises to be different. Watkins will be occupying the spotlight himself, acting as a frontman instead of a bandmate or sideman. Years ago, whenever he released one of his own albums, he’d immediately hit the road again with Nickel Creek… a move that turned his solo career into a project. It’s not a side project any longer.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“blends folk, rock, and country elements quite seamlessly” – Pop Matters
“Americana A-lister” – Rolling Stone
“smartly arranged country folk-pop… easy, back-road Americana” – All Music
About Anthony D’Amato
Recorded with members of Bon Iver, Megafaun, and Josh Ritter’s band, Anthony D’Amato’s recording ‘The Shipwreck From The Shore’ has already earned praise from NPR and The NY Times to SPIN and Billboard for its brand of heavy-hearted folk shot through with electric streaks of rock and roll. Veering away from the homemade DIY production style that marked his early work, D’Amato relocated to producer Sam Kassirer’s Great North Sound Society, an 18th-century farmhouse-turned-studio in rural Maine, to cut the album raw and fast in just eleven days.
D’Amato first came to national attention with 2010’s ‘Down Wires,’ which he recorded with a single microphone in his college bedroom and NPR dubbed “a modern folk gem.” He followed it up with another home recording, ‘Paper Back Bones,’ which BBC Scotland named one of the Best Americana Albums of 2012. Dates in the US and Europe with Josh Ritter, Rhett Miller, Pete Yorn, Ben Kweller, Alejandro Escovedo, Mary Gauthier, Joe Pug, Gretchen Peters, Shawn Colvin, and more ensued, in addition to performances at the iconic Newport Folk Festival and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections.