2016 Press

The Wall Street Journal

Undercurrent by Sarah Jarosz Review: An Economical Approach to Passion // The 25-year-old presents her latest country-flavored folk songs in an intimate environment
June 15 by Jim Fusilli

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On her new album, Undercurrent (Sugar Hill), out this week, singer-composer Sarah Jarosz prizes simplicity, presenting her latest country-flavored folk songs in an intimate environment. Moving away from the verdant, experimental arrangements of her 2013 Grammy-nominated Build Me Up From Bones, the 25-year-old performs four songs accompanied only by her guitar. On four others, she’s joined only by Mark Schatz’s upright bass and the guitar of either Jedd Hughes or Luke Reynolds. On all, her soprano remains pure and affecting.


The Arts Desk

The result is something delicate but spacious, recalling Daniel Lanois’ production of Emmylou Harris, but by way of Joni Mitchell’s desire for musical exploration.
— Thomas H Green, The Arts Desk

Austin Chronicle

It would seem disingenuous to say I listen to you, Sarah. That’s very true. I can say that from the first time I heard you play, the rhythm you lay down, you’ve got some magician in you. You’re a musician with access to the kind of magic I always relate to, rhythm. Your natural singing voice is a gift. And when you’re able to combine that rhythmic sense and phrasing the way you can, you hold my attention. I’d say that if someone else asked me the same question.
— Rodney Crowell

Boston Globe

Sarah Jarosz looks at love, from hope to anger and back, on Undercurrent

All are Jarosz originals, comprising a cycle about love relationships, from losing hope in “Early Morning Light” to reflection in the mystical “Green Lights” (which sounds like early Beth Orton), anger in the ironically titled “House of Mercy,” and renewed hope in “Take Me Back,’’ with an elegant Simon & Garfunkel feel. Jarosz often conveys a poetic fragility, but her positive attitude wins out in this key verse: “The world is full of bad-news bearers/ but I can make the world a little better.”
— Steve Morse, Boston Globe

Austin360

Two songs at SXSW that proved Sarah Jarosz is actually an angel
March 18 by Eric Webb

Americana and bluegrass singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz is a Central Texas hero, though she lives in New York now. Her return to Austin for South by Southwest at St. David’s Historic Sanctuary on Thursday marked one of those perfect artist/venue matchups. Grammy-nominated Jarosz is a string instrument prodigy, a heart-rending writer and the owner of a clarifying, powerful voice. Her set was poised and flawless, but two songs in particular stood out, especially as SXSW raged outside the church.


2015 Press

Im With Her New York Bowery

New York Times
Review: I'm With Her, Three Americana Virtuosos

December 11  by John Pareles
The harmonies couldn’t have been purer, or the picking more precise, when the trio I’m With Her — an alliance of Americana virtuosos — performed at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday night. 
For most of the set, the three sang about separation and longing: songs like Utah Phillips’s “I Think of You,” Gillian Welch’s “One Hundred Miles” and Ms. Watkins’s own “You and Me.” But the separations were only in the stories they sang; the music radiated togetherness.


That’s how it begins: With that love of music. You reach a point where you’re so obsessed with it that there’s really no other choice but to just roll with it. Being reminded of that, being around people at that stage, it gives me a new level of inspiration.
— Sarah Jarosz

Glasswerk
Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz And Aoife O’Donovan – Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow

January 29 by Gordon Johnston
There was a loose feel to the performance, and some discussions before each song as you might expect from a debut show. But once the music started the three talents merged together very nicely indeed. A couple of instrumental numbers saw O’Donovan’s guitar setting the pace for Watkins’ fiddle and Jarosz’s banjo to pick out melodies that ranged from reels to bluegrass. And the vocal tracks saw well rehearsed switches from solo lead vocals to dazzling three part harmonies that had power, range and sweetness aplenty. 

The thread or line I imagine is about taking unique and personal styles, blending experience, skill sets and an obvious friendship and respect toward each other, and creating something new from it. It’s hard enough to begin, almost impossible to endure, and a joy for an audience to witness.
— Easy Ed, No Depression


Folk Radio UK
Union Chapel, London - I'm With Her Tour Live Review

6 May 2015 by Paul Woodgate
As opening statements go, this trio of roots songs not only whets our appetite for the evening ahead, they are a clear indication that this tour is not simply one of convenience – the friendship and respect on show is evident in the unity of purpose, movement and minds on stage; ‘we’re a band’ it says.
 


Paste Magazine
25 Great Musicians Under 25

January 5 by Jim Vorel
At 23, Sarah Jarosz already has three full albums of increasingly experimental folk and bluegrass music under her belt. Displaying a virtuoso mastery of just about anything with strings from a young age, it was clear that she would be a prodigy, taken under the wing of bluegrass luminaries such as Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott as the herald of a new generation. However, like so many other prodigies, she seems unwilling to limit herself to an old-time genre or even the progressive realm of “newgrass.” Rather, in the mold of Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile, she continues to expand her boundaries on records like 2013’s Build Me Up From Bones, journeying toward some sort of platonic ideal that combines elements of old-time folk music, bluegrass, pop and art rock into a distinctly American whole. It’s hard to imagine what kind of music Jarosz might be producing in 10 years time, but we simply hope we’ll be intellectual enough to appreciate it.


The silver voiced, silver fingered, silver penned, Sarah Jarosz...
— Chris Thile

2014 Press

The Bluegrass Situation
Formal Folk: The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

October 30 by Craig Havighurst
The work of thoughtful string musicians and singers like these six picks up on the tides of history set in motion by Béla Bartok, Aaron Copland and Charles Ives, iconic composers who turned to folk music for inspiration and melodies. We need an ever-moving outer edge of sumptuous, complex and insightful vernacular music — folk with finesse. This collaboration and tour lives on and illuminates it. 


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KDHX.org | Independent Music Plays Here
Festival Review: Featuring Headliner Sarah Jarosz, The 2014 St. Louis Folk & Roots Festival Glows With Rising Stars Of Folk

September 27 by Jason Sindel
This was more than nostalgic notes on novel instruments; it’s an approach to folk music that is at once irreverent and devout.

‘Whatever You End Up Thinking Is The Right Thing For You, You Have To Love It’ A Pre-St. Louis Folk & Roots Festival Interview With Sarah Jarosz

September 23 by Glen Herbert
When she was 16, Sarah Jarosz came into the acoustic-music scene seemingly fully formed. She has continued to demand and hold our attention ever since.


Texas Rock Report
Nickel Creek Picks Up Where They Left Off At AC Live

August 26 by Donny Rodriguez
Austin born-and-bred Contemporary Bluegrass marvel Sarah Jarosz opened the evening’s festivities. At 23, this prodigious folkster breathes the rarefied air of being utterly respected critically and commercially across genre-boundaries.


No Depression
Cambridge Folk Festival Celebrates 50 Years

August 4 by Kevin Bourke
But there’s always someone relatively new who seems to be everywhere and the name on people’s lips. This year it was Sarah Jarosz, who won friends throughout the weekend.


Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
Smart Girls In The Arts: Sarah Jarosz

June 23 by Alexa Peters
23-year old bluegrass-folk singer and Smart Girl in the Arts, Sarah Jarosz, has always seen the value in community. “I love that music can be a connector between people… The communal aspect of music was one of the first things that drew me to it when I was a little girl attending the jam for the first time.” After hearing her crystal clear voice through my car radio, falling in love with her music and learning her story, I thought it only natural that she be unveiled to our Smart Girls community.


The Seattle Times
Sarah Jarosz Thrills Packed Tractor | Concert Review

May 12 by Owen R Smith
“It was a fitting end to a show that did nothing but confirm what fans of roots music already knew: Sarah Jarosz is for real and she’s going to be around for a long, long time.”


Portland Mercury
Tonight In Music: Sarah Jarosz & More

May 9 by Ben Salmon
Jarosz is a multi-instrumentalist, a gifted songwriter, and a breathtaking singer, and her newest album, 2013’s Build Me Up from Bones, has an inquisitive, omnivorous vibe; it’s the sound of a virtuoso, having conquered technique, searching for something new to feed her artistic appetite. Jarosz’s take on progressive acoustic music is more elegant and less plucky than Nickel Creek’s, and she pairs it with a steady, overcast voice that recalls Gillian Welch. If that ain’t a winning combo, I don’t know what is.


Sacramento Press
Singer-Songwriter Sarah Jarosz Brings Ever-Evolving Musical Talent To Sacramento Area

April 22 by Bethany Harris
As a whole, Bones is a product of Jarosz’s ability to make meaning out of increasing life experiences, musical trainings, and the inspiration gathered from the artists and people she admires—all tied in with the desire to create “something different, something fresh.”


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The Austin Chronicle
Great Expectations – Sarah Jarosz’s Unbroken Circle

April 11 by Abby Johnston
Recounting the experience, she’s as nonchalant as when she rattles off highlights from her whirlwind 2013: graduating, moving, touring. Jarosz reels off her life changes much like she talks about freezing temperatures with an air of adaptation. And an understanding far beyond her years.


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The CLog
Live Review: Sarah Jarosz, Neighborhood Theatre

March 14
“Much has been made of Jarosz’s youth – she’s not quite 23 – but on Friday night her instrumental prowess carried no hint of precociousness. Indeed her maturity and the affectionate, respectful bond she shared with Smith and Hargreaves added much to the comfort she shared with her audience. Her humility only accentuated the exhilaration that her playing and songwriting inspired.”


The Kansas City Star
Folk Festival Showcases Its Diversity

February 21
“Jarosz will turn 23 in May, but she has already asserted herself as a heralded performer who is none to comfortable with the status quo. Backed by fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith, she gave her audience an ample sample of her impressive skills on several instruments and her diverse repertoire, which includes a few covers.”


USA Today
Playlist: Eric Church, Plus 10 More

January 14
This gently atmospheric, radiant track helped earn the lavishly gifted singer/songwriter/instrumentalist’s Build Me Up From Bones a nod for folk album.

The intimacy of gathering around a microphone was something that was very important to this tour — gathering really close and not having monitors. Just having it be as true to the way you would play in a room just sitting around together; to try to recreate that feeling and sound was the goal.
— Lincoln Snyder, LEO Weekly

Metronome Roots
Review: Sarah Jarosz And The Milk Carton Kids At The CMH

October 26
Overall, one element stood out. With only three onstage mics covering all the performers, the sound of this concert was both unimaginably rich and intimate at the same time, easily ranking among the best (truly) unplugged shows we’ve ever attended. 


In conclusion, this was the absolute most brilliant and wonderful show that I have seen in 2014, hands down, without a shadow of a doubt.
— Red Line Roots

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The Daily News | Lakeview
Actor Tom Hiddleston Thrills Audience With Performance At Wheatland Music Festival

September 8 by Elisabeth Waldon
Sarah Jarosz is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter who boasts a voice as clear as a bell and a talent for thoughtful songwriting and guitar picking.


Paste Magazine
20 Great Folk Albums To Add To Our Indie-Rock Collection

July 3 by Jim Vorel
Jarosz was only 20 when this sophomore album dropped in 2011, a bona fide folk music prodigy skilled beyond her years as both a vocalist and picker of various stringed instruments. Already she’s embarked upon the path of most prodigies in the mold of Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile, branching out from traditional folk into both experimental and pop music territories, which suggests a day will come when her music isn’t labeled “folk” at all. Follow Me Down catches her at a period where there’s still quite a bit of traditional reverence in her work, while also hinting at the genre-bending experimentation we would hear in 2013’s Build Me Up From Bones.


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Examiner
Bonnaroo 2014 Interview: Sarah Jarosz

June 11 by Chris Griffy
You mentioned this is the third time you’ve played Bonnaroo. What makes Bonnaroo such a good fit for your style of music?


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Daily Breeze
Stagecoach 2014: Q&A With Grammy Nominated Sarah Jarosz

April 25 by Wes Woods
“I’m constantly trying to put myself in situations that push me musically because ultimately that’s what inspires me to want to get up on a stage and play for other people.”


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Acoustic Guitar
30 Under 30, Part 4: Trevor Gordon Hall, Courtney Hartman, Maneli Jamal, And Sarah Jarosz

Jarosz’s first instrument was the mandolin, but her fingerpicking guitar work has flourished in recent years. On three chart-topping bluegrass solo albums, Jarosz has shown herself to be a songwriter and player to be reckoned with (her tune “Mansinneedof,” from her 2009 debut Song Up in Her Head, earned a Grammy nomination).


Connect Savannah
Why It’s Good To Be Sarah Jarosz

March 12
“Jarosz has played with, and/or toured with, most of her favorite musicians. Adept at mandolin, banjo, guitar and pretty much everything else with strings, she is also a gifted vocalist who can harmonize with anyone. And make them sound even better.

Oh, yeah. Build Me Up From Bones was nominated for two Grammys.

Did I mention that Sarah Jarosz is just 22 years old?”


Highway 181 Revisited
Sarah Jarosz: “I Sort Of Pinch Myself”

March 4
“With Grammy nominations, critical acclaim (“one of acoustic music’s finest talents,” says the New York Times) and collaborations with some of Americana’s biggest names, Sarah Jarosz has achieved a career’s worth of accomplishments. Consider that she’ll turn only 23 in May, and it’s all the more impressive.” 


The Washington Post
50-Year Age Difference For Grammy Folk Nominees

January 21
“I think the coolest part this year has been actually being in these categories with some people that I really love, some musicians that are really good friends and heroes of mine,” Jarosz said. “And that’s kind of the coolest part, to get to share in the excitement with them, you know.”



2013 Press

The New York Times
Fall Pop Music Preview: An Abundance Of Rhythms And Styles

September 6, 2013
“SARAH JAROSZ Now 22, this singer-songwriter has been celebrated as a roots-music prodigy since her teens, mainly for her proficiency on mandolin, banjo and guitar.”

Thursday Friday Night Music: Sarah Jarosz

September 5, 2013
“I think it’s totally lovely. The one thing that may not come through on this song is how spectacularly good SJ and band are as instrumentalists.”


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The Boston Globe
Sarah Jarosz Goes Beyond Her Comfort Zone On Third Album

September 7, 2013
On Song Up in Her Head, her debut, and its 2011 follow-up, Follow Me Down, the songs originated with Jarosz and then she and Paczosa built them up with overdubs and adornments. Her latest is more organic, a trio setting that emphasizes the value of space. The songs breathe. From the perspective of composition and structure, the music is more complex and nuanced, too. Jarosz’s voice, warm and elastic, rings out strong and clear.”


The Bluegrass Situation
Artist Of The Month: Sarah Jarosz (+ Premiere Of Telluride Sessions)

“If Sarah Jarosz has earned anything, it’s an end to all that talk about how mature she is for her age. It was understandable that people would marvel at the poise the singer-songwriter-picker showed as a teenaged debut artist. But by now she’s spent half a decade in the spotlight, completed a degree at the New England Conservatory, guested on Tim O’Brien, Crooked Still and Kate Rusby albums and recorded three of her own.”


Country Weekly
On The Edge

September 30, 2013
“HERE’S SOMETHING AMAZING: Newly released Build Me Up From Bones is actually the third studio album from 22-year-old singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz. The musical virtuoso (she’s a wicked mandolin, banjo and guitar player) released her debut album, Song Up in Her Head, when she was only 16. What’s more, she just graduated college from the New England Conservatory in May and moved to New York for her next chapter. The Texas native credits her success to a very early start and hard work.”


Nashville Arts Magazine
Sarah Jarosz | Build Me Up From Bones

October 4, 2013
Having just completed Build Me Up From Bones, her third album, and her degree at the New England Conservatory, Jarosz’ attention has been on music— just not the pop culture zeitgeist. Music, not sensationalism, is what matters to the young woman who signed a record deal at 16, was nominated for a Best Country Instrumental Grammy for “Mansinneedof ” a year later—and has New York Times economic columnist Paul Krugman writing her mash notes in lieu of his usual Friday morning op-ed piece.


Engine 145
Album Review: Sarah Jarosz — Build Me Up From Bones

October 11, 2013
You’ll want to listen to every song on Jarosz’s album over and over again, for on every listen you’ll hear new phrasings, new combinations of notes, a chord you’d missed before that holds together a bridge, and lyrics that reveal multiple levels of meaning. Jarosz has indeed taken her time to get here, and she’s making it fine. Build me up from the bones, indeed. 


For their third album together, roots artist/songwriter Sarah Jarosz and engineer/producer/label exec Gary Paczosa cut all of the tracks in Paczosa’s personal studio in Nashville. Jarosz, who was still in college at the New England Conservatory while she was making the new album, would head down to the studio during school holidays, either to record live with her trio (Jarosz, cellist Nathaniel Smith and fiddler Alex Hargreaves) or to develop musical ideas with Paczosa on her own.
— Mix Online

Sing Out
Sarah Jarosz: Build Me Up From Bones

December 19, 2013
Sarah Jarosz’s debut captivated me, and her second stunned me. #3 is spectacular with the settings dazzlingly apt for songs so filled with wisdom and insight that belie her youth. I see a limitless future. Sarah Jarosz is definitely a major artist forging a path uniquely her own.

USA Today
Video Debut: Sarah Jarosz’s ‘Build Me Up From Bones’

September 12
The enthralling performance video of the title track, premiering at USA TODAY, shows what all the buzz is about. 


Prodigy to Pro: On her ambitious new album, Sarah Jarosz proves she’s no longer just good for her age. She’s good.
— Texas Music Magazine

Texas Monthly
The Graduate

September 2013
“For most of her 22 years, mandolin prodigy Sarah Jarosz has been somebody’s student. So what does she do now that school’s out for good?”


Sarah Jarosz’s new record Build Me Up From Bones is one of those works that sends chills down my body one minute, and has me tapping my foot relentlessly the next. The musicianship on this record is incredible and unparalelled, the vocals are pure and emotion-driven, and there is superb variety contained within. There is just a groove and a vibe that Sarah injects into the performances on this work that is truly unique and wonderful.
— Red Line Roots, No Depression

CMT Edge
Sarah Jarosz Build Career After College

October 2, 2013
Sarah Jarosz’s excellent Build Me Up From Bones glides and grooves with effortless elegance. The best part is the recent college graduate’s subtly stunning take on Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate.” Perfect. 


Singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz’s third album, Build Me Up from Bones, is fantastic. The prodigious mandolin, banjo and guitar player’s honey-smooth voice combines effortlessly with evocative lyrics, and in addition to her usual bluegrass and folk sound, she adds jazz (“Book of Right-On”), rock ‘n’ roll (“Over the Edge”) and Americana (“Dark Road”) to the mix too.
— AZ Weekly

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American Songwriter
Sarah Jarosz And The Milk Carton Kids Triumph At Gruene Hall

November 20, 2013
Yet still she says emphatically, “I love coming home. It’s a reminder of why I play music. Normally when I play near home, my old friends come out and that’s not something that happens at every show. It’s a reminder that, after being gone and being turned on to new things, it’s always good to be reminded of your roots. When the road gets tough it is good to be reminded of why I am doing this in the first place. At times I have struggled balancing it all, but I have never wanted to rest on anything. I want to keep pushing and growing as a person and as an artist.” In the end, she says, “the human experience is one of the most important elements to reach. My point [as an artist] is to be a good listener and incorporate those experiences.”