Sara Watkins – Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch / Warner Music Canada)

Former Nickel Creek member Sara Watkins returns with her sophomore solo release. When compared to her 2009 debut, Watkins seems content to be pushing the bluegrass envelope a little more so than she did on her previous effort. While still staying true to her passion of bluegrass, Watkins embraces a sound that is slightly rougher around the edges yet turns out to be infinitely more fun. With guest spots from the likes of Fiona Apple and Jackson Browne, Sun Midnight Sun runs the gamut from indie pop to traditional bluegrass and barely misses a beat in the process.