and pretty much anything else Jon Foreman does.
i also love Nickel Creek…don’t know why the Bluegrass speaks to me so much, but it does.
so guess how pleasantly surprised i was when i found out that Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek had joined forces?
the result is Fiction Family
on top of both of them being great guitar players. i love how they each bring amazing vocals and song ideas to this group. this has the stripped back sound of the Foreman solo albums, and it’s not as mandolin heavy as the Nickel Creek stuff (don’t get me wrong, i love Chris Theile’s mandolin and Sara Watkins fiddle, but Sean’s playing sometimes gets buried)
from the Fiction Family website:
The seemingly unlikely duo met a few years ago at a show featuring Wilco, R.E.M. Nickel Creek and Switchfoot. Over time, they began writing songs together, which quickly turned into a full-length album. As both Watkins and Foreman are vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, they often took turns singing lead vocals and they both play several instruments on each song, including guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, baritone ukulele, piano, organ, mandolin, steel guitar, 12-string guitar. Fiddle player Sara Watkins is featured on a few songs as well. Foreman explains, “The album was recorded and written in parts. Because Nickel Creek and Switchfoot are both hard working touring acts, we were rarely home from tour at the same time. Consequently the tracks were passed back and forth between Sean and I. Whoever was home from tour would chip away at the songs with no real expectations at all, mainly just for ourselves and for the love of the song I suppose. We came up with a few cowboy rules for the project: No double tracking. No pussyfooting. No tuning of vocals. etc… With very few exceptions, every note was written, arranged, played and recorded by Sean and myself.”
so what is your opinion?
you can listen to the whole album here. enjoy