With supporting duo Poet's Row
Oct. 28, 2016
A gifted multi-instrumentalist, expressive vocalist and a songwriter of rare insight, Sarah Jarosz has been described by the New York Times as “one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.”
Jarosz grew up in Wimberley, Texas, and began singing in early childhood. Receiving a mandolin for Christmas when she was nine years old, she worked tirelessly to master the instrument, learning to play guitar and clawhammer banjo along the way. When she was 11, she performed at her first bluegrass festival. Over the next few years, she gained an impressive reputation as a young phenomenon on the festival circuit, absorbing a world of traditional influences while honing her own highly original songwriting sensibility.
In the summer of 2007, after performing at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Sarah met Sugar Hill Records A&R representative Gary Paczosa, who invited her to Nashville, Tennessee, to record some of her compositions. The following year, the 16-year-old artist signed with Sugar Hill Records and began work on her 2009 debut album “Song Up in Her Head.” Sarah’s second album, “Follow Me Down,” arrived in 2011, and expanded the artist’s sound, as well as her fan base.
2013 saw the release of Jarosz’s third album, “Build Me Up from Bones,” which featured an expanded sonic and compositional palette. It earned Jarosz Grammy Award nominations for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song. Jarosz toured to support “Build Me Up from Bones” for a good part of 2014, crossing the U.S., making two trips to England, Scotland and Ireland, and appearing at the Cambridge Folk Festival.
Jarosz’s fourth and most recent album, “Undercurrent,” features 11 original songs with lyrical depth and sonic nuance. “Undercurrent” is a sublimely resonant song cycle anchored around a haunting quartet of songs written and performed solo by the artist: “Early Morning Light,” “Everything to Hide,” “Take Another Turn” and “Jacqueline.” The album also features several tracks co-written by Jarosz with a variety of collaborators, including Luke Reynolds (“Green Lights”), Jedd Hughes (“House of Mercy”), Parker Millsap (“Comin’ Undone”) and Aoife O’Donovan (“Still Life”). The latter track features O’Donovan, of Crooked Still fame, as well as Nickel Creek co-founder Sara Watkins, who are Jarosz’s bandmates in their extracurricular trio I’m With Her. “Undercurrent” also includes two songs co-written with the Milk Carton Kids’ Joey Ryan, including the nostalgic “Back of My Mind.”
Sarah will be performing with Jedd Hughes on guitar and vocals and Jeff Picker on bass.