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Sara Watkins shares ‘Young In All The Wrong Ways’ at the Center for the Arts

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Two of roots music’s finest solo/singer/songwriters - Sara Watkins and Langhorne Slim - split and evening at The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley on Thursday, June 22.

Two of roots music's finest solo/singer/songwriters — Sara Watkins and Langhorne Slim — split an evening at The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley on Thursday, June 22.

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 10 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.

Singer guitarist Langhorne Slim offers a sardonic, modern take on traditional folk, country, and blues. Langhorne Slim is a Pennsylvania native who resettled in Brooklyn after his graduation from the State University of New York. After a self-released demo garnered some local and online attention, Langhorne Slim released his first EP, Electric Love Letter, in March 2004.

The more varied and band-oriented full-length When the Sun's Gone Down followed in the spring of 2005.

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Much touring ensued over the next year, including support dates with Lucero and Murder by Death. In 2006, Langhorne Slim signed with V2 Records, which released the all-new EP Engine in September of that year, as the singer was finishing recording his second full album, produced by Josh Ritter's keyboardist, Sam Kassirer. In 2012 Slim and his new backing band the Law issued The Way We Move with the title track featured in the Tina Fey film Admission.

His newest release, The Spirit Moves, is an effervescent collection of his now-signature, cinematic, joyful noise, rooted in folk, soul, and blues. The album marks his second with The Law.

"I'm a strong believer that sensitivity and vulnerability are not weaknesses. They're some of the greatest strengths of man and woman kind," Langhorne says. "And that's what a lot of the record is about."

KNOW & GO

WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: Sara Watkins & Langhorne Slim

WHEN: Thursday, June 22, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W Main St., Grass Valley

TICKETS: $32 member, $37 general public

The Center Box Office – 530-274-8384 ext 14

BriarPatch Co-op Community Market – 530-272-5333

Tickets online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org

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