I'm a Memory
As a member of Nickel Creek, Sara Watkins pushed boundaries and blurred genre lines, and that maverick style remains in her solo work. Opening her second effort, "The Foothills" is a jiggy little number adorned with fiddles and spurred on by a pounding bodhran; it's impossible to sit still and not get your Riverdance on. "I'm A Memory" is a catchy slice of country-pop complete with handclaps and a sunny chorus, while "Impossible" quietly charms with sparkling mandolins and lush strings. Guests include Jackson Browne, Fiona Apple, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, Benmont Tench and brother Sean Watkins.