Watkins Family Hour—the acclaimed musical collective featuring Grammy Award-winning siblings Sara and Sean Watkins—were featured on “CBS This Morning” this past weekend as part of their “Saturday Sessions” series performing three songs from their critically acclaimed new album, brother sister: “The Cure,” “Miles of Desert Sand” and “Just Another Reason.”

Additionally, Sara and Sean kicked off their new weekly livestream series, Work From Home with Watkins Family Hour, also known as #WFHwithWFH, earlier this month. Each Thursday throughout the month of May, the Watkins siblings will host a variety of special guests for live performances with a portion of all ticket sales benefitting MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. Upcoming guests include Ruston Kelly, Mandolin Orange and Tré Burt. Tickets for the series and additional schedule details are available at watkinsfamilyhour.com.

These performances celebrate Watkins Family Hour’s critically acclaimed new album, brother sister, which is out now via Family Hour Records/Thirty Tigers. Stream/purchase the album HERE. Their first release in five years, the album focuses on the musical and lyrical chemistry of Watkins Family Hour. By carving out time to write together with the Family Hour in mind for the first time, they created a record that demonstrates their unique familial creative partnership while still harnessing the energy and honesty of their legendary live performances at Los Angeles’ Largo—the collective’s residency now in its 18th year.

Recent critical acclaim for brother sister:

“absolutely masterful” —NPR Music

“beautiful collection of entertaining Americana... energetic acoustic jams featuring the kind of harmonies only family can create” —Paste

“yet another example of their supple down home sound as applied with a certain folksy finesse” —American Songwriter

“a positively ingratiating pop sensibility... there is that sweet vocal blend that defines everything they do together, so natural and smooth and enchanting.” —relix

“Both Sara and Sean Watkins are known for their honeyed voices, and together, they sound extra rich.” —No Depression

“delightful... exemplifies everything about the musical partnership of Watkins Family Hour: impossibly precise instrumentation; tight harmonies; pop sensibilities; a bright, cheerful melody” —The Boot

“a powerful unit” —The Bluegrass Situation

“lovely instrumentation and gorgeous harmonies... It is truly a gift for two siblings to make magical music like this" —Glide Magazine

“some of the most inspired folk, bluegrass and Americana music out there” —Dallas Observer

“an energetic bluegrass album of wonderful summertime warmth” —Mxdwn 

Of the project, Sara shares, “It felt really good to dig into the potential of two people…the primary goal of this record became to see what we could do when it is just the two of us. The arrangements and the writing were all focused on that. Listening now, I’m really proud of what we did. These are songs that would not have come out of either one of us individually and it feels like a band sound, like this is what we do, the two of us.”

Produced by Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis, Mandy Moore, J.S. Ondara), brother sister features seven original songs co-written by Sara and Sean as well as three new covers: Courtney Hartman and Taylor Ashton’s “Neighborhood Name,” Warren Zevon’s “Accidentally Like A Martyr” and Charley Jordan’s “Keep It Clean,” which features special guest vocalists David Garza, Gaby Moreno and John C. Reilly.

The new album follows 2015’s self-titled debut, which mirrored the experience of their residency and featured special guests Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Greg Leisz, Sebastian Steinberg and Benmont Tench. Consisting of only covers, Watkins Family Hour was released to widespread critical acclaim—The New York Times called the debut an “oak-solid debut album,” while NPR Music described it as “glorious.” Furthermore, Pitchfork praised, “When bands we like cover songs we love, our best hope to relive those special moments is usually through sideways videos recorded on cell phones and uploaded to YouTube. But with this crystalline collection, Watkins Family Hour offers a more compelling insight” and the Los Angeles Times declared, “they’ve nurtured a communal spirit that seems rarer and rarer.”

In addition to Watkins Family Hour, Sara and Sean’s acclaimed projects include I’m With Her (Sara), Fiction Family (Sean), Nickel Creek with their friend and longtime collaborator, Chris Thile, as well as their successful individual careers.

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman 615.320.7753, Catherine Snead 615.320.7753, Joe Cohen 212.741.1000 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

1. The Cure
2. Neighborhood Name
3. Just Another Reason
4. Snow Tunnel
5. Lafayette
6. Fake Badge, Real Gun
7. Miles of Desert Sand
8. Bella and Ivan
9. Accidentally Like a Martyr
10. Keep It Clean