Sarah Jarosz emerged 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...
Sarah Jarosz emerged 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 improvisation in voice at the prestigious New England Conservatory.
Upon signing with Sugar Hill Records, Sarah released her debut album Song Up In Her Head - "an un-retouched gem" (New York Times) - to critical acclaim. The project features Jarosz's wise-beyond-her-years songwriting and velvety smooth, powerful vocals which have elicited parallels to Gillian Welch (Rolling Stone). Sarah's original instrumental "Mansinneedof" was nominated for a Grammy in the Country Instrumental Performance category in 2010. Other highlights throughout the year included a performance on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and the Austin Music Awards (where she won three), high profile appearances at Telluride, Bonnaroo, and Newport music festivals, and most recently a performance on Austin City Limits, which aired in November of 2010. Accompanying herself on octave mandolin, mandolin, guitar, and banjo, and sometimes joined by a duo of equally talented young musicians, Sarah's live performances feature a mix of new old-timey ballads and innovative covers.
Sarah is currently in the process of recording her follow-up release which will drop in late May of 2011. In the interim, The New 45 will be available featuring a previously unreleased crowd favorite "Grandma's Hands" (Bill Withers) and a Jarosz original "My Muse". Sarah Jarosz is primed to cement a lasting legacy in the Americana music world.