Sean Watkins

Sean Watkins

Sean Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was just 12 years old, kickstarting a career that's taken him from the stage of the Grammy Awards to the top of the bluegrass charts. Along the way, he's become an award-winning guitarist, a singer/songwriter, and a member of several different bands, not to mention one of the early pioneers of a genre now known across the world as Americana. Now, after 25 years of being either a band member or sideman, Watkins is throwing his full weight behind a new solo album, All I Do Is Lie.

"It's a culmination of the past 10 years," he says of the record. "It was borne out of a drive to step out of supportive roles in bands. I do like backing up other artists, but in the last couple of years, I've started owning my own personality as a musician. I've had the urge to put my name on something and step out of the supporting role."

All I Do Is Lie also marks the first time that Watkins has promoted one of his solo albums with a full tour. He's no stranger to the road, but this specific tour promises to be different. Watkins will be occupying the spotlight himself, acting as a frontman instead of a bandmate or sideman. Years ago, whenever he released one of his own albums, he'd immediately hit the road again with Nickel Creek… a move that turned his solo career into a project. It's not a side project any longer.

"This feels like starting over, in a way," he explains. "It's the beginning of the next phase."

Joseph Lemay

Joseph LeMay writes songs in a trailer in the woods between two towns you've never heard of. Before patching up the old trailer in West Tennessee, grass grew through cracks on the floor and copperheads mingled between decades of stacked boxes on a grandfather's hand-me-down farm. It was in this abandoned singlewide that songwriter Joseph LeMay cleared a space for his new life as a married man and Seventeen Acres, his first full-length release.

"Music fulfills a need," says LeMay. "It's communicating across mediums. We don't just want words. It's the color and the canvas. The cadence and the lyric." It's with a balanced grasp of bare truth and pursuit of grace that LeMay channels this primal need in the desolation of his Seventeen Acres.

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