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Sara Watkins plays the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
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Sara Watkins plays the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

Sara Watkins, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

July 30, 2012 Watkins' new album, Sun Midnight Sun, is a smart, surprising collection of sweetly hooky songs that rest within pop, country and folk on the Venn diagram of musical genres.

Sara Watkins isn't the flashiest of singing stars, but she's already carved out a remarkable career: She got her start as a kid with Chris Thile and her brother Sean in the heavily decorated, platinum-selling Nickel Creek, and has since gone on to perform with The Decemberists, Ray LaMontagne and Bela Fleck, among others. And, of course, she's put out some fine solo records, the latest of which is this year's Sun Midnight Sun.

That new record is a real sleeper, worthy of the crossover success enjoyed by the likes of Lady Antebellum or Sugarland; it's a smart, surprising collection of sweetly hooky songs that rest within pop, country and folk on the Venn diagram of musical genres. Sara Watkins performs here as part of the 2012 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Sunday, July 29 in Newport, R.I.

Set List:
  • "The Foothills"
  • "Lock and Key"
  • "Too Much"
  • "All This Time"
  • "When it Pleases You"
  • "Long Hot Summer Day"
  • "Tomorrow is a Long Time"
  • "Jefferson"
  • "You're the One I Love"
  • "You & Me"
  • "Take Up Your Spade"

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About The Festival

George Wein's Newport Folk Festival celebrates over 50 years of live music in picturesque Newport, R.I. The Festival celebrates folk traditions and innovations from all generations. For information on attending this year's Festival, visit their official website.

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