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Watkins Family Hour a living, breathing hootenanny

Watkins Family Hour a living, breathing hootenanny

More than a decade ago, during a break from touring in Nickel Creek, Sean and Sara Watkins began hosting a low-key jam session at a Los Angeles music club. The brother and sister musicians were happily surprised when the monthly event, dubbed the Watkins Family Hour, grew into a popular down-home shindig featuring an eclectic range of players. "It very quickly turned into something that was a really important part of our life," recalls Sara, 34. "We had this excuse to work up songs, get together with people and perform in a different format than we'd been doing up to that point." The mellow vibe and improvisatory atmosphere of their Watkins Family Hour...

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