Thursday, January 28, 2021

Sara Watkins Covers Willy Wonka

Photo by Jacob Boll

Children's music is basically universally terrible, so when an artist is going to release an album of children's music that will actually be great, we need to make sure you know of it. Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek, I'm With Her, The Watkins Family Hour) is beloved around here, so when she announced she was putting out a kids' album, we knew we had to pay attention. When we find out the first single is a cover of "Pure Imagination" from 1971's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory? Now that's a pure delight. Somehow Watkins makes her version even more whimsical than the original. Focusing on her vocals with mostly strings backing her, "Pure Imagination" is wonderfully cinematic even without the visuals of the chocolate factory.

You can watch the video for Sara Watkins' version of "Pure Imagination" below. Under the Pepper Tree will be out March 26 on New West Records. You can pre-order a copy here. For more on Sara Watkins, check out the artist's website.

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