Sara Watkins Plays a Guitar Named 'Pat'

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Sara Watkins' new record is called 'Young In All The Wrong Ways.'

At age 10 — when most kids are still practicing their air guitar in front of a mirror — Sara Watkins was already touring with her brother Sean and friend Chris Thile in the folk trio Nickle Creek. A decade later, and the group was one of the biggest live acts of the 2000s. It also launched high-profile independent careers for each member. Sara's spent time in various bands (both with and without her brother), but her new solo album is called Young In All the Wrong Ways. It's a full-throated declaration of independence from the artist, who went through personal and professional breakups during the record's gestation. As a result, the songs explode in a number of musical directions, fitting for an artist who has made a career of genre-hopping. Sara Watkins doesn’t play in NYC until the fall, but she brings some of her new songs to our studio first.