Sarah Jarosz - “Ring Them Bells”
A friend introduced me to bluegrass/folk/Americana artist Sarah Jarosz last year after she heard her at Bonnaroo. This is an amazing cover that Sarah does of a Dylan tune, but honestly, the entire album is truly amazing. Well-placed thirds get me going. I love hearing about instrumentalist prodigies, and she’s no exception — studied mandolin or classical improv or something at NEC and then went on to be a badass recording artist.
I’ve also really started delving into the world of Americana, wholeheartedly and happily. I love the culture behind it — how it’s so tied to the region from which it hails, and the general community spirit around it. That’s something I always wished I’d had as a keyboardist: portability. Even with my fairly light keyboard, it’s hard to get the kind of ease of moving you can get with a guitar or other strummed instrument. I just love the community that’s fostered by folk music, and the tight, impromptu nature of the sound that comes from it. It’s that idea that a couple of friends were just sitting around at night, sipping on a few cold beers, and picked up their instruments and began to sing.
(And, I get to see her live in a few months!)