11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A child prodigy on mandolin and banjo, Sarah Jarosz also plays guitar and several other instruments on Follow Me Down, and wrote nine of its 11 tracks. Her uncommon talent attracted many high-profile guests for this recording including Bela Fleck, Victor Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Darrell Scott, and Chris Thile, plus harmony vocals from Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin, and Dan Tyminski, who complement Jarosz’s own sweet, sultry voice. As you’d expect, the musicianship is remarkable, and the players sound inspired by her rich songs. Her own “Annabelle Lee,” for instance, sounds like a century-old Appalachian ballad while her sublime cover of Radiohead’s “The Tourist” is thoroughly modern in mood and execution, as are “Come Around,” “My Muse,” and “Here Nor There.” Two textured instrumentals demonstrate her range and feel: the mandolin and fiddle showstopper “Old Smitty” and the ethereal and touching “Peace,” which closes the album with waves of intertwining mandolin, cello, fiddle, and wood flute. Follow Me Down is a gorgeous and accomplished album that delights more with each listen.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A child prodigy on mandolin and banjo, Sarah Jarosz also plays guitar and several other instruments on Follow Me Down, and wrote nine of its 11 tracks. Her uncommon talent attracted many high-profile guests for this recording including Bela Fleck, Victor Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Darrell Scott, and Chris Thile, plus harmony vocals from Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin, and Dan Tyminski, who complement Jarosz’s own sweet, sultry voice. As you’d expect, the musicianship is remarkable, and the players sound inspired by her rich songs. Her own “Annabelle Lee,” for instance, sounds like a century-old Appalachian ballad while her sublime cover of Radiohead’s “The Tourist” is thoroughly modern in mood and execution, as are “Come Around,” “My Muse,” and “Here Nor There.” Two textured instrumentals demonstrate her range and feel: the mandolin and fiddle showstopper “Old Smitty” and the ethereal and touching “Peace,” which closes the album with waves of intertwining mandolin, cello, fiddle, and wood flute. Follow Me Down is a gorgeous and accomplished album that delights more with each listen.

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About Sarah Jarosz

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, clawhammer banjo, and guitar) Sarah Jarosz was seemingly born a musician -- she was already a virtuoso on mandolin by the time she was ten. Born in Austin, Texas on May 23, 1991 Jarosz left no doubt as to where her future was going, and at 12 years old she was jamming with the likes of David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs on-stage. But she wasn’t really bluegrass so much as she was something else: a fine and graceful songwriter with a sweet, timeless voice that gave her songs and well-chosen covers tremendous resonance.

Viewed by many as a next-generation version of Gillian Welch, Jarosz signed a deal with Sugar Hill Records when she was just 16. A debut album, Song Up in Her Head, appeared from the label in 2009 and quickly garnered tremendous critical acclaim. That same year, Jarosz began work on a major in contemporary voice improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music, proving once again that she was no garden-variety musician. A second album, Follow Me Down, appeared from Sugar Hill in the spring of 2011. Jarosz recorded her third album, Build Me Up from Bones during her final semester in school. It contained nine originals and a pair of covers: Bob Dylan's "A Simple Twist of Fate" and Joanna Newsom's "Book of Right-On." The set was issued by Sugar Hill in September of 2013.

After extensive international touring, she was selected by Garrison Keillor to act as an occasional guest host for A Prairie Home Companion radio program. Jarosz relocated to New York City. That transition was readily reflected in her new work. She reentered the studio in 2015 with co-producer Gary Paczosa. Playing guitar, octave mandolin, and banjo, she was accompanied by Jedd Hughes, Luke Reynolds, and Mark Shatz. Sara Watkins and Aoife O'Donovan (her bandmates in the trio I'm with Her) appeared on the track "Still Life." Undercurrent was released in June 2016 by Sugar Hill. Later that summer, Jarosz and O'Donovan were named to the newly formed house band for A Prairie Home Companion under host Chris Thile, who took over for Keillor in October. ~ Steve Leggett

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