Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins preps solo album

After a Grammy, rave reviews and platinum sales, alt.grass (blueternative?) trio Nickel Creek abruptly went on "indefinite hiatus" in 2007, and have yet to make good on the "for now" part of their "Goodbye (For Now)" tour. Still, the musical impulse burns deep in the scrappy acoustinauts with Chris Thile's 2008 solo album, the Watkins siblings' supergroup, W.P.A., and Thile's currently touring project, Punch Brothers. Fiddler Sara Watkins recently announced the upcoming release of her self-titled debut: an album of long-marinating songs penned during her time spent in L.A.

Watkins' self-titled solo debut features a wide range of collaborators for its 14 tracks, among them Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas, Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, as well as her old bandmates Thile and Watkins. John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin fame, natch) produced the album in studio sessions in L.A. and Nashville.

Sara Watkins hits stores April 7 on Nonesuch, with a national tour to follow.

Related links:
Feature: Nickel Creek - A Mandolin With No Country
News: Nickel Creek says goodbye for now

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