The Best New Bluegrass Albums
New albums from talented upstarts—plus one grande dame—find fresh inspiration in a classic American style.
By Scott Frampton
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the September 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
She's an accomplished mandolin picker who wrote one of the nakedly emotional ballads on Song Up in Her Head (Sugar Hill) when she was 14—all of four years ago. Beyond precocious, Jarosz (a native of Austin) imbues virtuoso musicianship with an adventurous spirit: Her debut brackets classic bluegrass instrumentals with covers of Tom Waits and indie rock stars the Decemberists.
Download This: "Come On Up to the House"
Hear It: Sarah covers the Decemberists' "Shankill Butchers"