The sublime singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz has gone from teenage prodigy to Grammy-winning Americana royalty in a short decade. She has been a FreshGrass favorite since appearing in the first ever festival in 2011, returning multiple times as a solo artist, with the trio I’m With Her, and as the recipient of the 2017 FreshGrass Commission.
The Austin Chronicle’s Jim Caligiuri declared “For Austinites who’ve followed her since her early teens, the fact that Wimberley native Sarah Jarosz blossomed into one of the most stirring musicians of her generation comes as absolutely no surprise.” Taken under the wings of the folk and bluegrass world from an early age, Jarosz released her debut album on Sugar Hill Records, Song Up In Her Head, at age 18. With her fourth solo effort, 2016’s Undercurrent, Jarosz made a studied departure from her previous records, shifting the emphasis from her skills as a multi-instrumentalist to her songwriting and vocal performance. Undercurrent accentuated the growth and maturity that Jarosz, now 28, achieved since graduating from New England Conservatory and moving to New York City. The change in approach garnered Jarosz two Grammy Awards in 2017 — Best Folk Album for Undercurrent and Best American Roots Performance for “House Of Mercy.” Undercurrent also picked up the award for 2017 Album of the Year from Folk Alliance International.
In 2018, Sarah Jarosz and her bandmates Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan, collectively I’m With Her, released their debut album See You Around on Rounder Records. “Together their sound is both ethereal and purposeful, a combination of searing musicianship and tender vocals,” said The Guardian. The band has since played sold out shows across North America and Europe and graced major festival stages. Their song “Call My Name” was recently nominated for 2 Grammy Awards. Jarosz frequently appears on the Chris Thile-hosted “Live From Here”, and is currently working on her next solo effort.