Today, I found a little bit of paradise. Cruising up the original Route 66 (The Mother Road) toward Chicago and listening to some great tunes – the window was down, the breeze was warm, and the lilting voice of Sarah Jarosz was on the iPod.
I discovered Sarah while channel surfing one night and stopped for a moment when I saw Steve Martin on Austin City Limits playing bluegrass banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Most people know Steve as the “wild and crazy guy” from the 70s or his various starring roles in movies such as “The Jerk”, “Man With Two Brains”, “LA Story”, and “The Pink Panther”. What you may not know is that he is an extremely accomplished musician and plays a hell of a banjo.
When he was done playing, Sarah came on with her small band and dazzled the enthusiastic audience. Barely out of high school, she had already released her first album, Song Up In Her Head, in 2009 and was nominated for a Grammy for one of the instrumental pieces. She wrote most of her own songs on the album, but does a great cover of Tom Waites’ “Come On Up To The House”. You can watch the entire ACL episode free online at:
I highly recommend it. You can also listen to Sarah’s albums (including her newly released second album, Follow Me Down) by going to her website at:
My favorites are “Long Journey”, “Edge Of A Dream”, and “Little Song”, but you’ll find that the bluegrass instrumentals infused with some outstanding mandolin and violin will appeal not only to country or bluegrass aficionados, but to anyone who loves Irish music (often a major influence for bluegrass and country music).
Take a moment to check out both of the above links. Then go get some Sarah and meet me in Nirvana.
Best Quote Heard Today:
“When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.” – Will Rogers
Today’s travel: 291 miles.
Total distance traveled: 593 miles