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Sarah Jarosz 2011 Summer Tour Dates

In case you haven't had a chance to listen, here's what folks are saying about Follow Me Down, the sophomore release from Sarah Jarosz out today!

-- Click here to listen to Sarah's NPR Feature on All Things Considered!

-- Click here to stream Sarah's cover of Radiohead's "The Tourist" featuring Punch Brothers.

-- Click here to watch the EPK.

“Widely regarded 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.” – NEW YORK TIMES

*** ½ (out of four) – USA TODAY

"One of the fastest-rising stars in the roots music scene, and rapidly crossing over to the mainstream too.” – MSN MUSIC

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Sarah Jarosz Summer Tour Dates:

5-17     New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
5-18     New York, NY - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
5-22     Austin, TX - One World Theatre - 2 shows
5-25     Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head Tavern
5-26     Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
5-28     Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
6-01     Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
6-02     Charleston, SC - Spoleto Festival
6-03     Tryon, NC - Tryon Fine Arts Center
6-05     Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley
6-07     San Francisco, CA - Slim's
6-08     Chico, CA - Sierra Nevada Big Room
6-09     Ashland, OR - CultureWorks
6-10     Corvallis, OR - First Presbyterian Church
6-12     Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
6-13     Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
6-15-19  Telluride, CO - Telluride Bluegrass Festival
6-25     Owensboro, KY - ROMP Music Festival - IBMA Museum
6-26     Santa Monica, CA - McCabe's
6-28     Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Café
6-29     San Diego, CA - Anthology
7-08     Winnipeg, CAN - Winnipeg Folk Festival
7-14     Glasgow, Scotland - CCA Glasgow
7-16     Bedford, UK - Civic Theatre
7-17     Sheffield, UK - Greystones
7-18     Bristol, UK - St. Bonaventure's
7-19     Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Centre
7-20     London, UK - Bush Hall - Part of a Communion Show
7-22     Nottingham, UK - The Glee Club
7-23     Gateshead, UK - Summertyne Festival
7-27     Teton Village, WY - Grand Teton Music Festival/Walk Festival Hall
7/29     Lyons, CO - Rockygrass

Sarah Jarosz To Release "Follow Me Down" on May 17th

What Sarah Jarosz’s acclaimed debut, Song Up In Her Head, suggests, Follow Me Down—due out May 17, 2011 on Sugar Hill Records—confirms: she is constitutionally incapable of getting stuck in a rut. Her approach to acoustic music is expansive and vital; she sees no need to choose between old-timey and modern material; between picking, singing and writing; between experimenting and reviving tradition. She does all of it, and pushes it all further, on her new album.

“I definitely could have just made a record that was similar to the last one—pretty rootsy,” reflects Jarosz. “That would have been a representation of a side of me. But I have all these new sounds and ideas and I just didn’t want to hold back on this one.”

A lot has changed in the two years since the world outside the festival-going bluegrass and old-time music communities—home to many longtime Jarosz fans—was introduced to the young singer/songwriter/instrumentalist. Her music caught on quickly with audiences across the age spectrum. There have been GRAMMY and Americana Music Award nominations, a trio of Austin Music Awards, invitations to perform on “Austin City Limits” and “A Prairie Home Companion” and appearances at Bonnaroo, Newport and Telluride—and lots of digital downloading, a rarity for a roots act.

The most important difference is that Jarosz cannot be called a kid anymore. She’ll turn twenty within a week of Follow’s release. Instead of going straight to work as a full-time musician, as many before her have done, she left her hometown of Wimberley, TX—30 miles outside of Austin—and headed to Boston’s New England Conservatory to study contemporary improvisation on an elite scholarship.

“I wanted something to push me out of my comfort zone,” Jarosz says. “I wanted to be playing things that I might not normally play.” And she has had plenty of opportunities to do just that, from Jewish and world music ensembles at school to wildly unpredictable live jams with Punch Brothers and Mumford & Sons. That keen, open-minded attitude speaks volumes about her maturity.

Like her first album, Jarosz co-produced Follow Me Down with Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, John Prine, Chris Thile). Only this time, they had a college course schedule and high profile gigs to work around. They did a session with Punch Brothers in New York, another in Boston with her talented young trio mates Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith and several in Nashville with some of the acoustic world’s finest pickers and singers, including Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Viktor Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Shawn Colvin and Darrell Scott.

Jarosz’s growth can be felt throughout the resulting eleven tracks. The grooves are more adventurous, for starters on the first single “Come Around”.  She comments, “I know for some purists out there, it’s like, ‘Why do you have to have drums?’ For me, it’s like, ‘Why not?’” And she has explored alternative ways of using her already-strong voice (see her Radiohead cover “The Tourist” and Radiohead-inspired original “My Muse”; Bob Dylan’s folk hymn “Ring Them Bells” is the album’s other cover).

There’s no missing the breadth in Jarosz’s songwriting. She is just as comfortable penning the tragic old-timey “Annabelle Lee” - an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s final poem, or a modernized Appalachian ode to secret love like “Run Away” as she is cultivating contemporary singer-songwriter introspection in a song like “Here Nor There”. But her playing—be it on mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo or acoustic guitar—never takes a back seat. She started “Peace”—one of two instrumentals on the new album—when she was twelve, and finished it at college. And it is that hunger to let her music keep growing—along with her formidable abilities—that make Jarosz so exciting to watch.

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