Category: Jackson Browne

Video exclusive: Sara Watkins' 'Take Up Your Spade'

Fiddler, singer and songwriter Sara Watkins often comes across as a favorite little sister, especially to those who have monitored her growth from an older-than-her-years member of the boundary-breaking San Diego bluegrass trio Nickel Creek to her subsequent family endeavors with brother Sean and her frequent solo outings with various collaborators, many of them at Largo in L.A.

Several members of her extended musical family have turned up on her recently released second solo album, "Sun Midnight Sun," and a couple also help out with the video for the album's closing track, "Take Up Your Spade," premiering on Pop & Hiss. The song itself is a gentle benedictory ode to the notion that every moment brings with it the possibility of renewal.

The video, also featuring Jackson Browne, Fiona Apple (one of those Largo regulars) and producer Blake Mills, consists of home-movie-like footage of the recording session, and backyard basketball breaks, at Zeitgeist Studio in L.A.

"I have known Jackson almost as long as Fiona," Watkins tells Pop & Hiss. "I met both of them at Largo. I just sort of found myself on stage with them, and both have become frequent guests at our Watkins Family Hour show" -- the monthly residency she and her guitarist-singer brother Sean have been holding at Largo for nearly a decade.

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Live review: Jackson Browne with Dawes and Jonathan Wilson at the Satellite

The pop icon is backed by a younger generation of folk-rock performers during Wednesday's packed show at the popular Silver Lake venue.

Jackson Browne review

 Generations don’t always mix easily in rock. A shared purpose can make all the difference, as Jackson Browne, Dawes and Jonathan Wilson demonstrated during three hours of smart, sometimes fiery folk-rock Wednesday at the Satellite.

The years between them were essentially erased at the Silver Lake club, coming just weeks after Dawes’ headline show at the Orpheum, and a short stint backing up Robbie Robertson, another classic rock hero. With Browne, they share a lineage stretching back to the ‘60s-’70s folk-rock scene of Laurel Canyon, though Dawes filters that peaceful, easy feeling with a subtle postmodern edge, much as the Jayhawks did in the ‘90s.

Ahead of a joint “micro-tour” of Spain, Browne praised his young collaborators as something more than sidemen. “It’s a pleasure to play with these guys, who are themselves some of my favorite songwriters,” he told the packed room.

As the backing band of the night, Dawes was joined by singer-guitarist Jonathan Wilson, producer of the group’s two albums, and together they were a fully integrated, inseparable unit in their half-hour opening set. The music took elegant twists and turns, shifting easily from muscular Crazy Horse guitar spasms into something approaching a countrified “Working Man’s Dead” groove.

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Jackson Browne, Dawes and Jonathan Wilson to perform at the Satellite on Wednesday

Jax300 The wispy L.A. folk-rock band Dawes must have really enjoyed its stint playing behind Robbie Robertson. On Wednesday at the Satellite, the band will take another crack at '70s-icon-supporting when it backs up nouveau-hipster-hero Jackson Browne as a warmup for its own U.S. tour and Browne's short European solo kick. 

Dawes will also pull triple-duty backing up local singer-songwriter-producer Jonathan Wilson and playing a set of its own material, featuring tracks from its recent record, "Nothing Is Wrong." 

The sets start at 9 p.m. and tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. for $25 through Ticketfly. Move fast unless somebody's baby can get you in later.

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Photo: Jackson Browne by Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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