Sean and Sarah Watkins are the dynamic bluegrass duo behind the creative force known as The Watkins Family Hour that performs regularly at L.A.’s Largo at the Coronet. The legendary theatre is the home for regular comedic acts and emerging local artists. Beginning in 1989, the Watkins have been creating folk/country/bluegrass music and have collaborated with Chris Thile on the project, Nickel Creek.
The collective on stage was at the top of their game as they played off each other with the first song in their set, the high-spirited cover of Buddy Holly’s “Early In The Morning.” The duo first brought out special guest, Tom Brosseau, whose charming and arresting voice captivated the crowd. His brief banter came off as a standup bit as he regaled the crowd with a story on his bow low tie obsession. Glen Phillips followed Brosseau and sang with a country soul that blended with the Watkins charm. Sara and Sean then introduced Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew to play a couple of songs including an incredible piano cover of “Sweetest Kill.” Rumors of a possible BSS reunion album this summer are currently in the works.
With previous special guests that have included Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench and Greg Leisz, The Watkins Family Hour at L.A.’s most intimate of theatres continues next month. A big surprise will surely be at hand as the incredible guest artist is anyone’s guess. This is one important show not to be missed.