Sarah Jarosz

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Teen prodigies are common in music, but Sarah Jarosz, 26, has outlived that label and then some. Signed to Sugar Hill Records when she was a teen-aged mandolin wiz from Wimberley, Tex., Jarosz has grown steadily as a singer and songwriter ever since. Undercurrent, her fourth and latest album, won two Grammys — for best folk album and best American roots performance, the latter for “House of Mercy,” a ghostly blues tune about a spurned beau who refuses to go away. In concert, she switches between mandolin, guitar and banjo and ties it all together with her dusky soprano. She also likes to mix her own tunes with curveball covers: She’s been known to sing everything from Bob Dylan’s “Ring Them Bells” to Radiohead’s “The Tourist.” Opening the show is the Brother Brothers, a Brooklyn string duo made up of twins Adam and David Moss.

With her fourth album, Undercurrent, Sarah Jarosz makes a studied departure from her previous records, shifting the emphasis from her skills as a multi-instrumentalist to her songwriting and vocal performance. Undercurrent accentuates the growth and maturity that Jarosz, now 25, has achieved since graduating from New England Conservatory and moving to New York City. The change in approach garnered Jarosz two Grammy Awards in 2017-for Best Folk Album Year for Undercurrent and for Best American Roots Performance for "House Of Mercy". She also picked up the award for 2017 Folk Album of the Year from Folk Alliance International for Undercurrent.
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