LIVE: Sarah Jarosz & the Milk Carton Kids @ The Egg, 10/20/14

November 17th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Sara
Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It can only be described as an all-star Americana summit meeting. The sublime, multi-talented Sarah Jarosz and her band – Alex Hargreaves (fiddle), Nathaniel Smith (cello) and Sam Grisman (bass) teaming up with the Milk Carton Kids?

In Albany? Really?

Indeed, The Egg was hoppin’ as the seven esteemed musicians all gathered around a single microphone with their high, lonesome honey-laced harmonies to kick it old-school and oh-so-cool.

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LIVE: Sarah Jarosz @ The Egg, 3/7/14 (Take 2)

March 12th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Tim Mack

Sarah Jarosz recently graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. Those Beantown digs are close enough to lump her in with the Berklee bluegrass gang, and she certainly shares the politesse of that crowd. Even when they play outside, they sound dainty.

But Jarosz grew up in Wimberley, Texas, and she brings a bit of that Lone Star finesse to the table, at least when it comes to songwriting. And that is her true trump card.

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LIVE: Sarah Jarosz @ FreshGrass at MASS MoCA, 9/20/13

September 26th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

On the eve of the release of her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, 22-year-old sublime singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz and her bandmates – fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nat Smith – play Bela Fleck’s instrumental “Puddle Jumper” on Day One of FreshGrass at MASS MoCA in North Adams last Friday evening (September 20)…

LIVE: Sarah Jarosz @ The Egg, 3/17/12

March 30th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The mega-talented Sarah Jarosz seemed a bit surprised to discover that at the same time she was performing in The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, a Led Zeppelin tribute band was cranking it out in The Egg’s Hart Theatre. “I’m sure they’re rockin’ out over there,” she told her nearly sold-out crowd, “but we’re rockin’ out in our own way.”

Fortunately, there was no sonic bleed from somebody pretending to be Jimmy Page as he scraped his violin bow across his guitar strings, and Jarosz’s little trio did indeed deliver a simply mesmerizing performance.

Still a couple of months shy of her 21st birthday, Jarosz – on spring break from her studies at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music – was brimming over with talent and a natural charisma, as she fused together elements of bluegrass, folk and country music while switching between guitar, mandolin, banjo and octave mandolin.

And, oh yeah – she sang like an angel, too.

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Sarah Jarosz, What Do You Listen to When You Clean the House?

March 13th, 2012, 10:20 am by Greg

Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz

“I’m in an apartment, not a house, but recently, for cleaning and non-cleaning I’ve been listening to the new Punch Brothers record that came out a few weeks ago. I’m loving that.

I’m also taking this early jazz history class at school (New England Conservatory), so I’ve been hearing a lot of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke and Lester Young.”

Bluegrass music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, guitar, banjo) Sarah Jarosz and her trio land at The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday in support of her latest album, “Follow Me Down.” Opening the show will be Lera Lynn. Tix are $20; students $15.

SARAH JAROSZ’s “Song Up in Her Head”

July 16th, 2009, 10:04 am by Greg

sarahJarosz(Sugar Hill, 2009): The annual Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival kicks off today at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, and you can catch performances but lots of great veteran musicians, including Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Tim O’Brien, Marty Stuart and Peter Rowan.

But one of the brightest new discoveries of this year’s fest is likely to be the sparkling, multi-talented 17-year-old Sarah Jarosz. Don’t be fooled by her tender age; she’s been jamming on stage with the likes of Skaggs and David Grisman since she was 12.

On this debut album, she plays mandolin, guitar, clawhammer banjo and piano. She’s stunning – and subtle – singer, too. And a pretty excellent songwriter. Oh yeah, and she co-produced the album with Grammy Award-winner Gary Paczosa.

Obviously, Jarosz is not your typical teenager. She’s not your typical bluegrass musician, either. In fact, this isn’t really a bluegrass album at all, although I have no doubt that she could certainly conjure one up if that was her desire.

But this is exquisite Americana, new-acoustic music spiced with bluegrass and old-timey flavorings. Her two instrumental turns, “Masinneedof” and “Fischer Store Road,” simply crackle, and elsewhere – especially on the Hurricane Katrina ballad “Broussard’s Lament” – she isn’t afraid to pepper her lyrics with a decidedly political point of view.

And just to give you an idea of her musical range, the two covers that she’s chosen to include are the Decemberists’ “Shankhill Butchers” and Tom Waits’ “Come On Up to the House.”

She gets ample support from an all-star gaggle of musicians – Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan, Ben Sollee, Mike Marshall, Tim O’Brien, Abigail Washburn and others – but this is unquestionably Jarosz’s album. Let’s hope it’s the first of many, many more to come.

Jarosz serves up main stage performances at Grey Fox at 3pm Friday and 11am Saturday.

Sarah Jarosz: Song Up in Her Head

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