Sarah Jarosz

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Sarah Jarosz
Sarah Jarosz 2014.jpg
Jarosz in 2014
Background information
Born (1991-05-23) May 23, 1991 (age 23)
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Genres Americana music, folk, progressive bluegrass,
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Mandolin, banjo, guitar, octave mandolin,
Years active 2009– Present
Labels Sugar Hill Records
Website sarahjarosz.com
Notable instruments
Banjo, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin

Sarah Jarosz (/əˈrz/ jə-ROHZ) (born May 23, 1991) is an American musician and singer-songwriter from Texas. Her first CD, Song Up in Her Head, was released in 2009[1] and the tune "Mansinneedof" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Country Instrumental Performance.[2] Her second album, Follow Me Down, was released in 2011. Her third album, Build Me Up from Bones, was released on September 24, 2013 through Sugar Hill Records. Build Me Up from Bones was nominated for Best Folk Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and its title track was nominated for Best American Roots Song.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Jarosz was born in Austin, Texas, and raised in Wimberley, Texas. She has stated that her last name is Polish.[4] She began learning the mandolin at age 10 and later began learning to play the guitar, clawhammer banjo, and octave mandolin. During her senior year of high school, Jarosz signed a recording contract with Sugar Hill Records and released her debut album Song Up in Her Head in June 2009; it was produced by Gary Paczosa. Guest musicians on the album included Chris Thile, Darrell Scott, Stuart Duncan, and Jerry Douglas. Jarosz enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music in 2009, and graduated in 2013.[5]

Sarah Jarosz performing at Old Settler's Music Festival – Driftwood, TX (2012)

Career[edit]

In 2010 Jarosz recorded the album Follow Me Down and shared production duties with Gary Paczosa. The album was recorded in Nashville and features guest musicians Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Viktor Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Shawn Colvin, Darrell Scott, and bandmates Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith. A session with the Punch Brothers in New York produced a cover of the Radiohead song "The Tourist." An American Songwriter reviewer wrote that "Jarosz invites us along with her into a growing sonic space of collaboration and artistry at this the second step in what will surely be a long and productive musical journey." In 2011 Sarah performed at Jerry Douglas' the Transatlantic Sessions in Scotland. She performed Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells"[6]

Reception[edit]

She has been called "a songwriter of uncommon wisdom" by the Austin Chronicle.[7] Jarosz has been interviewed by NPR and Rolling Stone and described as a contemporary-bluegrass prodigy.[citation needed] A New York Times reviewer wrote that Jarosz is "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."[citation needed]

Her latest release, Build Me Up from Bones has already been dubbed by Stereo Subversion as an "organic masterwork...a warm, nuanced collection that wraps and enchants the listener", as well as "her boldest work yet" by WNYC Soundcheck.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Grass
[8]
US
[9]
US
Heat

[10]
US Indie
[11]
US
Folk

[12]
US Rock
[13]
Song Up in Her Head 1 158 3 21
Follow Me Down
  • Release date: May 17, 2011
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
2 98 16 4 26
Build Me Up from Bones
  • Release date: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
101 6 30
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2012 "Annabelle Lee" Follow Me Down
2013 "Over the Edge" Build Me Up from Bones

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2011 "Run Away"[14] Adam Hall
"Broussard's Lament" (live)[15] Bruce Keen
2013 "Over the Edge"[16] Bill Filipiak
2014 "Build Me Up from Bones"[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Bluegrass Debutante, A High School Graduate" NPR All Songs Considered. June 14, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List" Grammys. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  3. ^ [1] 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-menaker/all-that-jarosz_b_865977.html
  5. ^ "A Bluegrass Debutante, A High School Graduate" NPR All Songs Considered. June 14, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  6. ^ "Ernest Troost"
  7. ^ Moser, Margaret. "Texas Platters: Sarah Jarosz" Austin Chronicle. June 12, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  8. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Bluegrass Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard 200. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Run Away". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  15. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Broussard's Lament (Live)". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Over the Edge". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  17. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Build Me Up From Bones". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 

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