Sara Watkins

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

Sara Watkins

Liz Longley

Tue, January 24, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$26.00

This event is all ages

Sara Watkins
Sara Watkins
Acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins' new album, Young In All The Wrong Ways, out July 1 on New West Records, sees her boldly stepping in to the role of frontwoman following the collaborative groups of Watkins Family Hour and the Platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, which she first formed with her brother Sean Watkins and Chris Thile when she was just eight years old. Easily her most cohesive and fully realized album of her solo career, it is also her most powerful, personal and revealing; she wrote or co-wrote each of the 10 songs – a first for her. Watkins calls the new collection "a breakup album with myself..." and writing and recording these ten intensely soul-baring songs was a means for her to process and mark the last couple years, which have been transformative. These songs contain some of the heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions of thrumming B3 organ and jagged electric guitar. But it’s also quiet, vulnerable, tenderhearted
Liz Longley
Liz Longley
Longley confides with you as though you’re sitting on the sofa with her in a talk that’s intimate and vulnerable. And
now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share her confessional songs with
listeners on her self-titled album—her first after signing with Sugar Hill Records in December 2014.

While Longley’s songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci
Griffith—all artists she’s supported live—her latest effort spotlights a style all her own. Her voice and tone, touched
with the slightest of country inflections, pours out like clean, crystalline water.
Longley first felt the magic while growing up outside of Philadelphia. A song she wrote in ninth grade—her first ever—
earned a standing ovation when she performed it for the student body: “I was unprepared for that sort of reaction and
it was life-changing moment,” she says. “That’s when I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.”
The track record she’s assembled since shows just how much Longley grew into her dream. She’s taken home top
prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon
Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest
Songwriting Competition.
But it all traces straight back to Longley’s first song. She says she’ll continue to open her soul in the service of her art
because that’s what matters most to her. “Every time I get into these songs they resonate with me because they’re
based on something I went through,” she says of the new collection. “I hope they connect with people and that they’ll
help with whatever they’ve gone through. That’s what music does for me, and I hope I can do that for someone else.”
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240
http://www.thekentstage.com/