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Watson Twins Making Their Own Time Now

Of the Oakland Press

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The Watson Twins got plenty of notoriety for their joint project with Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis on the album “Rabbit Fur Coat” in 2006. But last

month’s “Fire Songs” represents the sisters’ first full-length outing on their own.

“It feels like the right timing,” explains Leigh Watson. “Even though we haven’t done our own record, we feel like we were building up our resume and learning a lot and then kind of jumping =out when we felt like we had the strength to kind of do it on our own like this.”

Born in Louisville, Ky., Watson and her twin, Chandra, attended the University of Evansville and then moved

to southern California a decade ago. They were in the group Slydell and worked with a number of other artists, including Orphan Train, Fairechild and Joe Firstman, before hooking up with Lewis.

But it was the success of “Rabbit Fur Coat,” Watson says, that “gave us a boost of confidence to do it ourselves,” with an EP, “Southern Manners,” in 2006 before starting on “Fire Songs.”

“When we did ‘Rabbit Fur Coat’ with Jenny we didn’t know where that was going to take us,” Watson notes. “In hindsight, the way it all came together just happened so naturally and organically — even to the point of Lewis calling up and saying, ‘Do you care if I call it Jenny Lewis and the Watson twins?’

“Nothing was really forced on our part. It’s all came in, really, like this perfect sort of thing. We couldn’t have asked for things to flow any better.”

The Watson Twins and Tim Fite perform Wednesday (July 16) at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St. at Pike, Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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