When the band announced their "Farewell (For Now)" tour in 2007....I bought tickets to see them at the Ryman Auditorium with lightning speed even though in those days it probably meant forfeiting meals for approximately a week. I sat spell-bound through the entire show and when they broke out in a cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" as an encore I'm pretty sure the folks next to me had to bust out the smelling salts to bring me back to life.
Keith and I got to see them again at the Ryman when they toured their "A Dotted Line" reunion album as well as seeing mandolinist Chris Thile play his Bach sonatas and partitas at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. So when I found out that The Watkins Family Hour...the long time side project of brother/sister duo Sara and Sean Watkins was headed out on tour and Nashville-bound, Keith and I decided it was a not-to-be-missed event. The show was beyond phenomenal musically and seeing Fiona Apple live was a bonus!
I'll leave you with a few videos I took (pardon the not so awesome videography skills and the giant heads in the way) at the show for your viewing pleasure. And if you ever have the opportunity to hear The Watkins Family Hour in person.....do it. They are equally lovely on-stage and off.
When you live in Nashville and freelance as a musician, you really never know what sort of job will present itself next. A few weeks ago a friend of a friend who happens to be a video producer called me to help him put together a bit of a nontraditional "quartet"...violin, viola, cello & drums...for a video element he was creating for an event.
I called up some good friends and we brought our instruments and whatever acting chops we had and rocked out to AC/DC all day long. Because what string players don't sit around and play rock 'n' roll with their own personal conductor and percussionist in their spare time? I might just have the best job ever.
I'll leave you with the video and some fun screen shots and behind the scenes photos from the day. Thanks to Sketch Creative for letting us create with you! We had a blast. #quartetwithdrums
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Bethany is a freelance violinist/fiddler and tour manager who works with artists & events such as Kelly Minter, Cultivate: A Gathering Around The Word and Laura Story. She and her husband Keith live in Nashville, TN with their daughter Clare, cat & 6 backyard chickens. For more info on Bethany, visit her bio page!!