Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. He has sold over 17 million albums in the United States alone, and has helped define his genre with hits like "These Days," "Running on Empty," and "Take It Easy." He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2007. With a career beginning in the mid-60s in Los Angeles and Orange County folk clubs, Browne has thirteen studio albums and three collections of live performances under his belt, his most recent being "Love Is Strange" with David Lindley.
Genre: Singer-songwriter/Classic Rock/Folk
Sara Watkins Sara Watkins first gained recognition as a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling trio Nickel Creek, but transitioned effortlessly into a solo career with her self-titled album released in 2009 to high praise. As the BBC put it, “Watkins’ time in the spotlight is a triumph with her agile playing and the kind voice that gives your goose bumps the shivers.” After two years on the road, making stops at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Glasgow’s Celtic Connection, Watkins returned to Los Angeles to record her second album, Sun Midnight Sun (2012). There’s a rawness to her rendition of “When It Pleases You,” a song she nicked from composer Dan Wilson, co-writer of Adele’s recent hits, and a fiery back and forth between Watkins and guest vocalist Fiona Apple on a surprisingly dark-around-the-edges reimagining of the Everly Brothers’ staple, “You’re the One I Love.” At the heart of the disc, though, are plaintive numbers in which Watkins’ lovely fiddle line echoes the heartbreak in her voice.