Sarah Jarosz – Come on up to the house

YOuTube says: “The extraordinarily talented Sarah Jarosz with Alex Hargreaves on fiddle and Nathaniel Smith on cello. Recorded April 2010″

I almost passed on this one… not that it’s bad or even remotely bad…

Saeah Jarousz really has it going on and she is in for a lot more good things to follow in her career.

It’s just that Acoustic Guitar Videos is first and foremost about guitar players.. perhaps other related instruments and for the most part great playing. So I was about to turn this off and Sarah went into a break… Just great !

So of course I just had to post it. And I do… love the music and the lineup. Keepin’ it acoustic!

“Sarah Jarosz’s music — from her own original material to her exquisite interpretations of songs by others — seems to exist outside any frame of reference, managing to weave time-honored tradition with a bold, adventurous spirit of discovery and independence. Growing up in Wimberley, Texas, Sarah, a singer from an early age,was 9 years old when she received a mandolin for Christmas.  

Spurred on by a weekly jam session near her hometown, she worked tirelessly to learn the instrument, picking up clawhammer banjo and guitar along the way. Shortly after turning 11, Sarah traveled to her first bluegrass gathering outside of Texas, the respected Rockygrass Festival in Lyons, Colorado, and over the next several years she earned a reputation as something of a young phenom, traveling the festival circuit and channeling the traditions of her musical elders while aspiring to the creative heights of her heroes as well.

In the summer of 2007, after her debut set at Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival, she was approached by Gary Paczosa, A&R representative for roots label Sugar Hill Records. He expressed his admiration and invited her to Nashville to cut some songs. She accepted, and from those early sessions a professional relationship blossomed. They corresponded over the next year, and at the age of 16 she signed her contract with Sugar Hill and spent her senior year of high school cutting her debut album, Song Up in Her Head.

The record was released in 2009, between her high school graduation and her first semester of college at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Two years later, she releasedFollow Me Down, a record she describes as a “natural progression” from Song Up, but also one that finds her moving into a grittier realm. It’s little wonder that a Rolling Stone writer once described her as Gillian Welch’s “long lost daughter” — the tapestry of unease she weaves throughout the songs sounds as if it belongs to an older soul. But although her most recent journey leads her deeper into the darkened places of the heart, it’s not a journey without beauty or passion, and fans of all sorts of musical allegiances have found themselves mesmerized.” more here