“One of acoustic music’s most promising young talents” - New York Times
“One of the fastest-rising stars in the roots music scene” - MSN Music
“Etherlike intoxication that draws the listener by the ear, then the heart and finally the brain” - Paste Magazine
“Music is just in her blood.” - NPR Music
“Sarah Jarosz in bloom is a thing of beauty.” - The Austin Chronicle
Singer-songwriter mandolin phenom comes home.
Sarah Jarosz returns to Blue Rock Studio, scene of the sessions for her Grammy-nominated debut album, Song Up in Her Head! Sarah landed on the acoustic music scene as a mandolin wunderkind in her young teens. Jamming onstage with bluegrass icons David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs, she played with a sure touch and real joy that belied her years. She quickly picked up the guitar and banjo. While her instrumental talents are formidable, Sarah is an equally gifted vocalist and songwriter, talents which led then-16-year-old Jarosz to a record deal with legendary roots label Sugar Hill Records and a major in contemporary vocal improvisation at the prestigious New England Conservatory.
Sarah Jarosz has as rich a skill set as anybody in acoustic music. She plays, not just one instrument, but enough of them to be a one-woman string band: mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitar. She sings – in supple tones that transcend the boundaries between folk and pop – and she writes old-timey ballads and modern singer-songwriter ruminations alike. Raised just outside here in Wimberley, Tx., Jarosz blossomed within the local music scene and well beyond it, earning admirers from Austin City Limits’ Terry Lickona to acoustic music mavens Tim O’Brien and Chris Thile with her mature sensibilities. She released her debut, Song Up In Her Head, on Sugar Hill Records the year she graduated high school. What followed was a move to Boston’s prestigious New England Conservatory, a GRAMMY nomination and performances on Austin City Limits and A Prairie Home Companion as well as prestigious music festivals – Bonnaroo, Telluride and Newport, to name a few. One of the highlights includes participation in the Transatlantic Sessions – a folk collaboration of top musicians from the United States, Ireland, and the UK.
Despite her age, Sarah Jarosz maintains a highly developed sense of what she’s about. “What’s most important,” she emphasizes, “is trying to stay true to myself as an artist and be as original as I can.” Whether it’s continuing her studies at NEC or soaking up inspiration from collaborations with musicians across the globe, she’s doing just that.
For more information on this artist, visit http://sarahjarosz.com/