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U-Melt Spring Tour on the Books

u-meltWith the southeastern leg of their Winter Tour 2009 coming to a close, NYC road warriors U-Melt have solidified plans for their Spring Tour 2009 kicking off at the end of March. Featuring several debuts at venues throughout the northeast, U-Melt is continuing to amass an ever-growing fan base the old-fashioned way; through a rigorous touring schedule punctuated by electrifying live performances. Pushing the boundaries of a multi-genre blend and traditional musical logic, the band will be showcasing fresh U-Melt material alongside the live staples that have kept the crowds returning night after night.

Bringing their four piece sonic explorations to new and exciting venues, the Spring Tour 2009 will open with four straight Northeastern debuts as U-Melt delivers their progressive groove to Lucky’s in Cortland, NY on Thursday, March 26th, The Warehouse in Hartford, CT on the 27th, the newly opened Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME on the 28th and the Thunderbird Café in Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, April 2nd. Following the series of debuts, the band will make an extraordinary return to a couple of their favorite haunts in Nietzsche’s in Buffalo, NY on the 3rd and the River Street Jazz Café in Plains, PA on the 4th.

Thursday, April 9th marks a monumental occasion on the U-Melt calendar as the band supports longtime friends in Umphrey’s McGee as the pair commemorates the newly opened House of Blues in Boston, MA. In what is becoming the latest in a long line of U-Melt traditions, the following night will feature a very special post-Umphrey’s McGee late night set as the group performs at the famous BB King Blues Club in Times Square. The official Umphrey’s McGee after party will feature special guest and longtime friend and collaborator, Wyllys, as the two artists groove on original material as well as elements of NYC drum and bass. After the hometown show in NYC, U-Melt will take the drive down I-95 to West Chester, PA, as they make their debut at The Note.

Before the band makes their way to the Rocky Mountain State for a stretch of dates, U-Melt has penned four dates for their eagerly awaited return to the upper Midwest. Kicking festivities off in Chicago, IL on Thursday, April 16th, the band presents “An Evening with U-Melt” at Martyr’s. Friday the 17th features U-Melt hosting another post-Umphrey’s McGee party at The House Café in Dekalb, IL followed by a special stop at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on the 18th. U-Melt will set sail west after performing at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, IA on the 20th. On Wednesday, April 22nd, the band will make their highly anticipated return to Colorado with a show at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins. The following night has the band returning to the Fox Theatre in Boulder. The band will conclude their Mile-High stay with a two-night stand at the renowned Quixote’s True Blue in Denver on the 24th and 25th.

U-Melt will head south for the final three dates of the tour, debuting at the Flytrap Music Hall in Tulsa, OK on Tuesday, April 28th and the Buc Days Festival in Corpus Christi, TX on the 30th. Proving that all good things must come to an end, U-Melt will bring their Spring Tour 2009 to a close in the Big Easy as the band makes their third consecutive late night Jazz Fest appearance at the Blue Nile on May 2nd. Never a band to stray too far from the road, U-Melt jump-starts their summer tour plans with their fourth annual performance at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL May 22nd – 24th, an eagerly awaited return to Mountain Jam in Hunter New York May 29th – 31st and an always memorable U-Melt late night set at the Stonehenge Music Festival in Kellyburg, PA on June 19th.

U-MELT '09 SPRING TOUR

3/26 - Lucky's - Cortland, NY
3/27 - The Warehouse - Hartford, CT
3/28 - Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
4/2 - Thunderbird Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
4/3 - Nietzsche's - Buffalo, NY
4/4 - River Street Jazz Cafe - Plains, PA
4/9 - House of Blues - Boston, MA (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
4/10 - BB King Blues Club - New York, NY (Official Umphrey's McGee After Party!)
4/11 - The Note - West Chester, PA
4/16 - Martyr's - Chicago, IL
4/17 - The House Cafe - Dekalb, IL (Official Umphrey's McGee After Party!)
4/18 - University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI (FREE Show!)
4/20 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
4/22 - Hodi's Half Note - Fort Collins, CO
4/23 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
4/24 - 4/25 -Quixote's True Blue - Denver, CO
4/28 - Flytrap Music Hall - Tulsa, OK
4/30 - Buc Days Celebration Festival - Corpus Christi, TX
5/2 - Blue Nile - New Orleans, LA (Late Night Jazz Fest series w/ Orchard Lounge)
5/22 - 5/24 - Summer Camp Music Festival - Chillicothe, IL
5/29 - 5/31 - Mountain Jam - Hunter, NY
6/19 - 6/20 - Stonehenge Music Festival - Kellyburg (Trout Run), PA

Gregory Alan Isakov on Tour with Brandi Carlile

Singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov hits the road with Americana artist Brandi Carlile for a string of March and April 2009 dates. Isakov's forthcoming album release, This Empty Northern Hemisphere (May 19, 2009), features a duet with Carlile - a cut of Leonard Cohen's "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong." Carlile also performs on four of the album's original songs.

It was while touring that Isakov first caught the attention of Carlile. The pair have since become collaborators and friends.  For this special run of dates, Isakov and Carlile are sure to bring some of their recent collaborations live to the stage.

The current list of confirmed tour dates with Gregory Alan Isakov and Brandi Carlile is as follows:

March 24 World Cafe Philadelphia PA
March 25 Ram's Head Annapolis MD
March 26 Birchmere Washington DC
March 27 Woodstock Town Hall Theatre Woodstock VT
March 28 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Westhampton Beach NY
March 31 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown NY
April 01 The Music Hall Portsmouth NH
April 02 Iron Horse Northampton MA
April 03 South Portland Auditorium South Portland ME
April 04 Ethical Center for the Arts New York NY
April 06 Kent Stage Kent OH
April 07 The Vogue Indianapolis IN
April 08 Lakeshore Theater Chicago IL
April 09 Pabst Theater Milwaukee WI
April 10 Alltel Center Mankato MN
April 11 Hoyt Sherman Theater Des Moines IA
Aril 14 Wheeler Opera House Aspen CO

This Empty Northern Hemisphere is Isakov's latest collection of songs in which he conjures the miracles and heartaches of day to day living then transforms them into melodies, with a serious commitment to songcraft and musicianship.

"Writing and performing is a mystery to me," explains the South African born multi-instrumentalist. "I try to get myself out of the way as much as I can."

"There were moments while making the new album that were so different than anything I've done before," says Isakov, who combines his personal past with poetry to create a musically visceral present.

His music dubbed "punk folk" by the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray, Isakov has been recognized by critics and colleagues as a real and original talent. In 2008, Denver's Westword named Isakov their Best Acoustic Folk Artist.  The previous year he was given the paper's Best of Denver Singer-Songwriter award; they called him "a rootsier Glen Phillips channeling Kelly Joe Phelps."

Comparisons bother Isakov; he's brought his influences into the fold for This Empty Northern Hemisphere. "Everyone I've ever listened to made it into the record--It's like a traveling circus." And Isakov is its truth and beauty-seeking ringmaster.

PREZ FEST 2009 CELEBRATING BILLY STRAYHORN

Legendary Composer, Arranger, Pianist March 14 and 15, 2009 At Saint Peter’s Church, 54th and Lexington, New York City

Billy Strayhorn… the biggest human being who ever lived, a man with the greatest courage, the most majestic stature, a highly skilled musician whose impeccable taste commanded the respect of all musicians and the admiration of all listeners. —Duke Ellington
 
Saturday, March 14

3:00 PM Two-hour listening session of Billy Strayhorn recordings
Free

Sunday, March 15

 

4:00 PM   David Hajdu, author of Lush Life, presents
                                             “Dancing Without Duke: Strayhorn’s Work Away from Ellington”
Free

5:00 PM Jazz Vespers with Junior Mance / Hide Tanaka Duo
Freewill Offering

7:00 PM CONCERT with Randy Weston, Billy Taylor, Jeb Patton, David Wong, Winard Harper, Valerie Capers, John Robinson, Earl Williams, Aaron Diehl, Gene Bertoncini, Sara Caswell, Alan Ferber, Dan Pratt, Nate Radley, Gary Wang, Jimmy Owens, Mike Howell, Mike Hashim, Ehud Asherie, Darius deHaas, 18-piece Jazz Band Classic directed by Chris Winans, The Ellington Legacy Band (with Edward Ellington, Norman Simmons, Virginia Mayhew, Nancy Reed, Jami Dauber, Paul Wells, Tom DiCarlo, Noah Bless) and Jimmy Owens will be the emcee
$20 Suggested Donation-- tickets at http://www.saintpeters.org/jazz

An exhibit of Billy Strayhorn memorabilia will be an important part of the tribute.

 
Produced by the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s Church and The Duke Ellington Society, TDES, Inc.
More information at http://www.saintpeters.org/jazz or 212 935 2200
 
Take the “E” train to Lexington Avenue or “#6” to 51st Street

My Suitcase Is Always Packed | Red Stick Ramblers | Streets 5.19

red-stick-ramblersThe Red Stick Ramblers return on May 19th with My Suitcase Is Always Packed, their fifth album and second for Sugar Hill Records. That rare young roots band that both embodies and transcends their influences, The Red Stick Ramblers continue to hone their unique hybrid of Cajun, honky-tonk, and swing (Western and otherwise) on their most visceral, personal album yet. The eleven new originals (in both English and Cajun French) are structurally daring and lyrically evocative, while still resounding proudly with the echoes of the traditions that inspired them. A pair of vintage Cajun numbers cement the band's undeniable affection for and mastery of classic Louisiana music.

 Featuring the twin-fiddle frontline of Kevin Wimmer and Linzay Young backed by the versatile rhythm section of Chas Justus (guitar), Eric Frey (bass), and Glenn Fields (drums), The Red Stick Ramblers have been astonishing audiences at dancehalls, festivals, and concert halls around the world since 2002, when they first emerged from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My Suitcase Is Always Packed, produced by the band with Grammy-winner Gary Paczosa and Brandon Bell, is their most wide ranging album yet - from the surging Cajun opener "Je T'aime Pas Mieux" and the haunting banjo and triangle driven "Nonc' Yorick" to the almost casually ingenious, charismatic swing of "Doggone My Time" and the title track. Brilliantly balancing the hard-driving and the heart-breaking, My Suitcase Is Always Packed is the sound of The Red Stick Ramblers in full flight, at once achingly familiar and infectiously surprising.

 

 

"Like all great bands," reflects fellow musician Dirk Powell in his powerful liner notes, "The Ramblers have grown over the years, grown together, grown individually, raised the stakes time and again. This time, they've dug deeper and reached further than ever."

BoomBox Lines Up April Tour Dates

boxWith excitement continuing to develop around their upcoming release, BoomBox has added several tour dates to their April calendar. The psychedelic trip-hop brainchildren Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux are prepping the final mixes for the new album downriverelectric and giving audiences glimpses of what is to come from the groundbreaking duo. Blending decades of musical evolution across all genres with an inherent musical inclination, BoomBox carries the torch for the live electronica scene.

BoomBox hails from the legendary Muscle Shoals, AL; the last bastion of hope for towns with profound connections to decades of musical contributions. The BoomBox vibe is built on the rich history and influence of the region imparted on Randolph and Godchaux. Incorporating live DJ’ing with guitars and vocals in real time, the duo drops body-shaking rhythms into textured guitar phrases and hypnotic rhythms. Hitting the stage with unparalleled energy and a vast musical catalog, the BoomBox live experience is thoroughly unique and refreshing.

BoomBox’s highly anticipated April tour gets underway on the 9th, as the innovative DJ / singer-songwriter / guitarist duo returns to Boulder, CO for a performance at the Fox Theatre. BoomBox has penned additional stops in St. Louis, Chicago, Boston, Albany, New York City, and Baltimore and will include the Sunsation Festival at Copper Mountain and The Early Bird Festival in Garrettsville, OH. Providing a unique concert experience, iClips.net will stream the live performance of the April 16th show at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO on their website. The tour concludes May 2nd in Knoxville, TN.

For tour dates and information go to: www.thisisboombox.com

04/09 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
04/11 - Copper Mountain - Copper Mtn, CO
04/16 - Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
04/17 - Subterranean - Chicago - IL
04/18 - Nelson Ledges Quarry - Garrettsville, OH
04/20 - Rex Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
04/22 - Bill's Bar - Boston, MA
04/23 - The Wheelhouse - Narragansett, RI
04/24 - Red Square - Albany, NY
04/25 - Rocks Off: Concert Cruise - New York, NY
04/27 - The 8x10 - Baltimore, MD
04/28 - Rocktown Grill - Harrisonburg, VA
04/30 - The Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
05/01 - Awful Arthurs - Roanoke, VA
05/02 - World Grotto and Gallery - Knoxville, TN

Bill Evans Soulgrass Special Edition w/ Special Guest Sam Bush

bush_evansTHE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB IS VERY PLEASED TO PRESENT THE KING OF NEWGRASS SAM BUSH AND JAZZ-SOUL SAX MAN BILL EVANS IN A VERY SPECIAL APPEARANCE APRIL 2-5.  BILL EVANS SOULGRASS SPECIAL EDITION SPECIAL GUEST SAM BUSH FEATURING DENNIS CHAMBERS, RICHARD BONA, RYAN CAVANAUGH AND CHRISTIAN HOWES (SAT AND SUN ONLY

Bill Evans

Throughout his 20-year career as a solo artist, saxophonist Bill Evans  has explored a variety of musical settings that go well beyond the confines of traditional jazz, including hip-hop, fusion, reggae, Brazilian and slamming funk.  Evans stepped into more adventurous territory with his 2006 Grammy nominated release Soulgrass, blending jazz, funk and bluegrass into a seamless and wholly unique hybrid of quintessentially American styles. He collaborated on the project with an exciting and eclectic group of all-stars, including Vinnie Colaiuta, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Bruce Hornsby, John Scofield, Victor Wooten and Mark Egan.

His follow up to that widely acclaimed project, found him pushing the envelope a little further in that direction on The Other Side Of Something. “It’s an extension of Soulgrass,” he says of his latest release. “I am always trying to push the envelope and take the music somewhere it hasn’t been before. I am just beginning to explore all of the possibilities. I have been touring a lot over the last two years, using the banjo and fiddle as my rhythm instruments, so by the time I started writing new music for the new CD, I was over-flowing with ideas. One of the first ideas I had was to sing for the first time on one of my CDs. The saxophone and voice are very similar in range so it seemed like a very natural thing for me to do. It is, of course, another instrument so I have been working very hard at it. People will hear a new side to me that they have never heard before”.

 
The Other Side Of Something features Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers, as well as his regular touring band of Chris Howes, Ryan Cavanaugh, and Joel Rosenblatt.

 
Evans first joined Miles Davis group at the age of 22 in 1980, and went on to record six records and tour the world with Davis numerous times over a four-year period. He then toured and recorded three CDs with John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and later played with Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Steps Ahead and Mick Jagger, among others. The saxman has been touring almost exclusively with his own band since 1990, playing well over 100 concerts per year worldwide. He has recorded 15 solo CD’s and received two Grammy nominations, one for Soul Insider(2002) and the other for Soulgrass ( 2006).

Sam Bush

Though he admits a certain discomfort with the moniker "King of Newgrass" Sam Bush has more than earned it. As cofounder and leader of the seminal progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival through 18 years during the 1970s and '80s, Bush is responsible for influencing legions of bands like Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, and String Cheese Incident, to name just a few.

When not heading his own band, Bush has spent the past 15 years as a supersideman with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and the Flecktones; spearheaded boundary-stretching collaborations with Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, and David Grisman, and driven nearly every "bluegrass supergroup" imaginable with his inimitable mandolin playing.

 
icon) on mandolin . Bill Evans and Sam Bush have teamed up before to produce an invigorating blend of styles that gets the audience up out of their seats. Sam also hosted the Bluegrass awards last year in Nashville and came home with the "best mandolin of the year" award.

Dennis Chambers is a drummer whose propulsive style and versatility have enabled him to play in combos or large groups, and work with fusion and hard bop bandleaders. He has released two sessions as a leader and recorded and played with Parliament and Funkadelic, Special EFX, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Mike Stern/Bob Berg Band, Randy Brecker’s Band and Michael Brecker’s Band, Mike Urbaniak's Band/Bill Evans Band/CTI All Stars/George Duke/Stanley Clark's Band/Steve Kahn's Eyewitness Band/John McLaughlin Band. 2005 till now: Santana - 2007: Tower Of Power.

RICHARD BONA Dubbed “The African Sting, Richard Bona has been recognized as one of the planet’s five revelations of the past decade. A complete artist, an absolute master of his art, and a melodist of rare elegance and sensuality, he’s also a poignant singer, and a member of that exclusive club, "the world’s best bassists. ”His unique style is situated at the crossroads of a horde of influences - jazz, bossa nova, pop music, afro-beat, traditional song, and funk.

RYAN CAVANAUGH Whether playing traditional bluegrass music, or adding a unique twist to a modern fusion quintet with master saxophonist Bill Evans, Ryan Cavanaugh strives to be original and innovative on the banjo. Having shared stages with Jazz legends such as Bill Evans, John McLaughlin, and Bluegrass legends like Sam Bush, Cavanaugh's journey has taken him from the fiddlers' conventions of VA to the Jazz audiences of Europe.


CHRISTIAN HOWES
has already made an indelible mark and is poised to be a path-finding figure on the contemporary violin. He’s won recognition and kudos from artists and critics alike. Says guitar pioneer Les Paul, with whom Christian has made numerous appearances: “There is nobody better than this guy.” The prominent artists Howes has performed and/or recorded with include Greg Osby, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Akua Dixon’s Quartette Indigo, Billy Hart, D.D. Jackson, David Murray, Steve Turre’s Sextet with Strings, Jane Monheit, Dr. John, Frank Vignola, and Lenny White, to name a few.

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

Beat Kaestli at Cachaca, March 17th

beatBefore heading out on my his second tour to Mexico BEAT KAESTLI premiers his new French Music project at Cachaça Jazz Club on MARCH 17TH, featuring PAUL MEYERS, ARIA HENDRICKS and MAGOS HERRERA. He’ll also add some great new American Standards and songs from his upcoming release “Far From Home – A Tribute to European Song”.

BEAT KAESTLI QUARTET @ CACHAÇA
feat. Paul Meyers (guitar), Aria Hendricks (voc) and Magos Herrera (voc)
TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH - 2 SETS  7:30 AND 9PM
35 W 8th St # 2
(212) 388-9099, www.cachacajazz.com
Cover: $10
Directions: A, B, C, D, E, F and V train to W 4th

Line up:
Beat Kaestli - voice
Magos Herrera - voice
Aria Hendricks - voice
Paul Meyers - guitar
Matt Wigton - bass
Luc Decker - drums

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Mama’s Cookin’ Return to Their Colorado Roots

mamaMama’s Cookin’ returns to their Colorado roots in March for a 10-day trek through the mountain west. The formerly Colorado-based project is well known in the area for their trademark blend of hip-hop beats and soul-driven rock. Kicking off the tour in Fort Collins, CO - the band will zigzag across the state, playing shows in Denver, Boulder and a handful of mountain towns.

Since forming in Gunnison, CO, in 2001, Mama’s Cookin’ has garnered a reputation as being a pioneer of a new sound with a knack for precise timing and fluidity. The rootsy ensemble is driven by gritty guitars and an impeccable rhythm section that dares audiences not to dance. Zebuel Early’s sincere lyricism and vocal delivery incorporates spoken word and soulful singing. Their huge rock sound has Led Zeppelin painted all over it, yet their soul seems to come straight from the Mississippi Delta, with a dusting of New Orleans funk.

With more than seven successful years under their belt, the quartet features the right proportions of harmonica and slide guitar with a tight rhythm section carrying the sound. The tightened arrangement now features Zebuel Early (guitar, vocals), Eric Matlock (keys), Mike Adamo (drums) and Steve LaBella's (bass) – allowing the music to breathe more freely. One only need look at the quartet’s influences – R.L. Burnside, Hound Dog Taylor, Johnnie Taylor, Digable Planets – to realize the variety in their musical ambition.

On tour in support of their self-titled album, which was named by Jambands.com as the 12th best of 2008, Mama’s Cookin’ packs a powerful punch both live and recorded. Their trek through Colorado will include stops in Boulder, Breckenridge, Denver and Vail, before heading back to where it all began for the band, Crested Butte. Two shows follow in Telluride with a Colorado finale in Grand Junction, before the band heads west for select coastal performances.

Expect added dates and keep up with the tour at:  www.myspace.com/mamascookin and www.mamascookinmusic.com

Tour Dates:

3/04 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CA
3/06 – TBA – Salt Lake City, UT
3/07 – The Canyons (daytime performance) – Park City, UT
3/07 – The Star Bar (nighttime performance) – Park City, UT
3/11 – Hodi’s Halfnote – Fort Collins, CO
3/12 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
3/13 – three20south – Breckenridge, CO
3/14 – Quixote’s – Denver, CO
3/17 – Sandbar Sports Grill, St. Patty’s Day – Vail, CO
3/18 – Eldo – Crested Butte, CO
3/19 – Fly Me to the Moon, Live in Telluride – Telluride, CO
3/20 – Sheridan Opera House (Private Event) – Telluride, CO
3/21 – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
4/02 – The Mint – Los Angeles, CA
4/03 – SoHo – Santa Barbara, CA
4/10 – Mission Rock Cafe – San Francisco, CA
4/17 – TBA – Vancouver, BC
4/18 – TBA – Vancouver, BC
4/19 – Telus MTV World Ski & Snowboard Festival – Whistler, BC

Adam Aijala & Ben Kaufmann ft. Darol Anger @ Boulder Theater

benAdam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band will team up for a show at the Boulder Theater with very special guest Darol Anger, fiddler extraordinaire and longtime friend of YMSB.  The show will feature your favorite Yonder songs, as well as new originals from Adam and Ben, and covers.  It will be a chance for the two members of Yonder to share a different musical perspective with their fans and friends and to debut some new finely-crafted songs in an intimate, hometown setting.  Trading off vocals, the duo will play a host of instruments that night including bass, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, banjo, harmonica and piano.  It promises to be an amazing night of instrumental prowess, singing, songwriting and some surprise guests.

GA / 21+ / $21.50
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Sarah Jarosz's Song Up In Her Head Streets 6/16

Sarah JaroszSeventeen-year-old Texas native Sarah Jarosz emerged on the scene about five years ago as someone to watch.  Jamming onstage with bluegrass icons David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs, she played her mandolin with a sure touch and real joy.  It looked and sounded comfortable in her then twelve-year-old hands.  She started writing songs on the guitar and took up the banjo.  While her instrumental talents are formidable, let's make one thing clear:  Sarah is a singer.  Her voice is velvety smooth, agile, and powerful occasionally reminiscent of such disparate artists as Natalie Maines and Patty Griffin.  With subtle use of colors and effects, she inhabits her songs the way a fine actress does her role. Overall, her music feels good, avoids overreaching. Nothing's contrived.

About to graduate from high school this spring, Sarah is that rare self-possessed teenager. Her schoolteacher parents have raised her well, providing the skills, support, and freedom to become the confident artist that she is. Beautiful, talented, and just a little mysterious in a wholesome, Texas hill country kinda way, Sarah is at home in this world. She knows what she's about and is ready to get out there and make her mark.

"Song Up In Her Head," produced by Jarosz and award-winning engineer and producer Gary Paczosa, features a mix of her original new-old-timey ballads, and two well chosen covers, the Decemberists' "Shankill Butchers" and the Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan co-write, "Come On Up To The House," which mesh flawlessly with the other eleven songs.  Her collaborators include teenaged peers, including Samson Grisman and Alex Hargreaves, as well as well-known veterans of the acoustic scene, including Chris Thile, Darrell Scott, Stuart Duncan, Mike Marshall and Jerry Douglas.  It's an impressive coming out party, a survey of where she's been so far, and a good indicator of where she's headed.  [Adapted from the liner notes by Tim O'Brien]

SARAH JAROSZ TOUR DATES 2009 

April 18th Old Settler's Music Festival, Austin, TX
June 6th Pagosa Folk 'n Bluegrass Music Festival, Pagosa Springs, CO
June 11th Blue Rock Studios < CD Release Party >, Wimberly, TX
July 18th Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Wimberly, TX
July 26th Rocky Grass, Lyons, CO