I've always been a Nickel Creek fan and continue to look forward to the interesting musical choices made by (my favorite Mandolinist) Chris Thile and the talented sister/brother pair of Sara and Sean Watkins as they spread their musical wings, so to speak. The 32-year old Sean Watkins has released 3 solo albums (Sara plays violin and sings on the last two) and has done interesting projects both with Toad and the Wet Sprocket singer Glen Philips and his current project with Switchfoot member Jon Foreman. Originally called The Real SeanJon, the pair sensibly changed their name to the Fleet Foxes like Fiction Family and just released a self-titled album in January full of folk-pop flair.
Did you know Wilco guitarist and all around great experimental guitarist Nels Cline had a twin brother Alex who, like Nels, also has a recent solo album? This PopMatters Interview talks with the Cline brothers and makes a great read. I've been listening to Nel's latest sonic wonder, the multilayered Coward, and recommend it.
Here are some other recent folk rock interviews you might enjoy:
I've been poking around the biography of drummer Emil Amos lately, trying to get a handle on his different projects, most recently joining OM (and releasing a 7" inch single on Sub Pop), and before that, working with Grails and Holy Sons. The 2003 Holy Sons album, I Want to Live a Peaceful Life is an interesting atmospheric texture folk rock album, in the vein of Calexico's southwestern tinged alt-country folk album Carried to Dust, released in September on Quarterstick records.
To my mind, the standout track from that album is Getting Old.