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Beyond Nickel Creek: Sara Watkins Goes Solo

At 27, singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins has spent nearly two decades playing with the Grammy-winning progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek. With years of experience performing and songwriting, it was only a matter of time before she released her own solo album.

Watkins' self-titled solo debut is a charming mix of new songs and covers. It puts her great instrumental breadth on display as she plays the guitar, ukulele and fiddle in addition to her sweet-voiced singing. Her years on the road provided her with a long list of collaborators, including Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. In a session, Watkins' tells host David Dye that Jones encouraged her to record and went on to produce her album.

This story was originally aired on May 26, 2009.

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