by Stephanie Dore
Like a home away from home, the Watkins Family Hour took over Seattle’s Tractor Tavern for two sold-out nights of collaborative musicianship. We caught night one, where standout guests John Roderick (of The Long Winters) and author Caleb Mannan joined siblings Sara and Sean Watkins – along with their regular band, which includes Fiona Apple – on stage for some rollicking good tunes.
The Tractor was packed tight, with an unusual seated floor, but the stage was just as full. The siblings started out the night alone on stage, displaying their renowned instrumentals before being joined by the rest of the “family”. Their show is soulful, a bit jazz, a bit bluegrass, and feels completely like a bunch of friends and family started up a jam band. They just happen to all be awesome musicians.