Sarah Jarosz has as rich a skill set as anybody in acoustic music. She plays -- not just one instrument, but enough of them to be a one-woman string band: mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitar. She sings -- in supple tones that transcend the boundaries between folk and pop - and she writes -- old-timey ballads and modern singer-songwriter ruminations alike.
Raised just outside of Austin in Wimberley, Tex., Jarosz blossomed within the local music scene and well beyond it, earning admirers from Austin City Limits' Terry Lickona to acoustic music mavens Tim O'Brien and Chris Thile with her mature sensibilities. She released her debut, Song Up In Her Head, on Sugar Hill Records the year she graduated high school. What followed was a move to Boston's prestigious New England Conservatory, a GRAMMY nomination and performances on 'Austin City Limits' and 'A Prairie Home Companion' as well as Bonnaroo, Telluride, Merlefest and Newport.
Jarosz stops at The Shedd immediately following a short tour with Vince Gil. She is joined by band members Alex Hargreaves on fiddle and Nathaniel Smith on cello.