Sarah Jarosz, Willie Watson | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. 2013
Prodigies have a tendency to flame out or calcify before reaching their potential, but 22-year-old Austin singer, songwriter, and mandolinist Sarah Jarosz has blossomed since signing with Sugar Hill Records at age 16. She made her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, while finishing her undergrad studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, and it moves elegantly between progressive bluegrass and folk-pop, reflecting her broad sensibilities. Some of Jarosz’s lyrics have a cosmic streak, but her dynamic arrangements and adaptations of traditional forms keep the music grounded—whether it’s the rippling mountain soul and message of self-empowerment in “Fuel the Fire” or the acid twang of Dan Dugmore’s electric guitar puncturing the ambling folk of the romantic reverie “Mile on the Moon.” She wrote most of the material, and her covers of Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate” and Joanna Newsom’s “The Book of Right-On” demonstrate a rare ability to remake songs attached to extremely distinctive voices so that they’re something all her own. On the album Jarosz enlists a slew of impressive supporting players—among them guitarist Darrell Scott, bassist Viktor Krauss, singer Aoife O’Donovan, and Dobro master Jerry Douglas—but she also sounds great in the nimble working trio she’ll bring to this gig, with cellist Nathaniel Smith and fiddler Alex Hargreaves. —Peter Margasak Willie Watson opens.



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