Sarah Jarosz’s Undercurrent is Named Album of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards

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Two-Time GRAMMY Winner Announces New Tour Dates
Set to Appear on A Prairie Home Companion Saturday, February 18

Fresh off a triumphant tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz has had a banner week, by anyone’s standards: on Saturday, she was featured on CBS This Morning: Saturday. The next day, she was a presenter at the 59th annual GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony, where she gave out a dozen awards before winning two of her own – for Best American Roots Performance (for “House of Mercy”) and Best Folk Album (for Undercurrent).

Yesterday, Undercurrent was honored yet again, when it was named Album of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards held in Kansas City, Missouri. The awards are presented by Folk Alliance International, a non-profit organization that produces an annual conference which is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community.

Folk Alliance International’s Executive Director Aengus Finnan remarked “Sarah represents the vitality of the modern folk era… reverence for tradition, and passion for the future.”

Jarosz said, “What a week it’s been! As if being over the moon about two GRAMMY wins wasn’t enough, I then received the news about winning Album of the Year at Folk Alliance! Thanks so much to everyone at FA for the support and to Aengus Finnan for his incredibly kind words. I’m so honored and thankful to everyone who made all of this possible.”

Here’s what some critics have said about Undercurrent:

“She refuses to dilute the raw sentiments with gloss or misdirection…direct, unadorned and thoroughly beautiful.” – Wall Street Journal

“On her fourth solo album Undercurrent, Sarah Jarosz doubles down on understated elegance.” –  Associated Press

“…a mix of old-time folk and contemporary bluegrass that digs deep into the soul and sends hearts soaring.” – Austin Chronicle

“The lyrics are sharp, even cruel; the guitars are low and steady; and Jarosz’s vocal carriage is uncharacteristically (and deliciously) unyielding.” – NPR Music

“There’s  a genuine yet subtle richness to each and every one of the selections, as well as a startling sense of insight.” – Consequence Of Sound

Sarah Jarosz is currently on tour supporting Undercurrent. This Saturday, February 18, she will be a featured member of the house band and a duet partner to Chris Thile on A Prairie Home Companion before she sets sail on the Cayamo Cruise, a week-long music festival featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Buddy Miller, and others. Jarosz also has several dates opening for Ben Folds this spring in addition to upcoming headlining shows in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic and appearances at multiple music festivals including the Savannah Music Festival, Old Settler’s Music Festival, Merle Fest and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. A full list of dates is available below.

Tour Dates:

2/18/2017 A Prairie Home Companion – St. Paul, MN
2/19-26/2017 Cayamo Cruise – Tampa, FL
2/28/2017 Orange Peel w/ Ben Folds – Asheville, NC
3/01/2017 The Lyric Theatre  w/ Ben Folds – Birmingham, AL
3/03/2017 L’Auberge Casino & Hotel  w/ Ben Folds – Baton Rouge, LA
3/09/2017 Swyer Theatre @ The Egg w/ Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert – Albany, NY
3/10/2017 Hangar Theatre w/The Brother Brothers – Ithaca, NY
3/11/2017 The Back Porch Festival w/ Lula Wiles, Tony Trishka, and Tim O’Brien – Northampton, MA
3/12/2017 The Stone Mountain Arts Center – Brownfield, ME
3/16/2017 Narrows Center for the Arts w/ 10 String Symphony – Fall River, MA
3/17/2017 Landmark on Main St. – Port Washington, NY
3/18/2017 Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT
4/01/2017 The Peace Center – Greenville, SC
4/02/2017 Savannah Music Festival w/ Richard Thompson    Savannah, GA
4/19/2017 State Theater – State College, PA
4/20/2017 Creative Alliance – Baltimore, MD
4/21/2017 Fletcher Opera Theater – Raleigh, NC
4/22/2017 Old Settlers Music Festival – Driftwood, TX
4/23/2017 The Heights Theater – Houston, TX
4/25/2017 The Birchmere Music Hall – Alexandria, VA
4/26/2017 The Groove Music Hall – Woodford, VA
4/27/2017 Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA
4/29/2017 MerleFest – Wilkesboro, NC
6/08/2017 Sheldon Concert Hall – St Louis, MO
6/09/2017 Memorial Hall – Cincinnatti, OH
6/15-18/2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Telluride, CO
6/24/2017 Venetian Theatre at the Caramoor w/Rhiannon Giddens – Katonah, NY
7/14/2017 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival – Oak Hill, NY
7/15/2017 Ram’s Head OnStage  – Annapolis, MD
7/16/2017 Red Wing Roots Music Festival – Mt. Solon, VA
8/25/2017 Shrewsbury Folk Festival – Shropshire, United Kingdom
9/03/2017 Four Corners Folk Festival – Pagosa Springs, CO

Source:  Press Release


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