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Sarah Jarosz tells fans "Follow Me Down"

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – Sarah Jarosz returns with her sophomore disc, "Follow Me Down," on May 17 on Sugar Hill.

The 11-song disc is the follow-up to "Song Up In Her Head." "I definitely could have just made a record that was similar to the last one - pretty rootsy," said Jarosz, 19, a student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. "That would have been a representation of a side of me. But I have all these new sounds and ideas and I just didn't want to hold back on this one."

Like her first album, Jarosz co-produced "Follow Me Down" with Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, John Prine, Chris Thile). This time, they had a college course schedule and gigs to work around. They did a session with Punch Brothers in New York, another in Boston with her talented young trio mates Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith and several in Nashville with Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Viktor Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Shawn Colvin and Darrell Scott. Jarosz played mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo and acoustic guitar.

Jarosz changed things around sonically starting with the first single Come Around. "I know for some purists out there, it's like, 'Why do you have to have drums?' For me, it's like, 'Why not?'," she said. She also covered Radiohead on The Tourist Bob Dylan's folk hymn Ring Them Bells.

The disc also includes two instrumentals, including Peace, a song she started at 12 and finished in college.

Instead of going straight to work as a full-time musician after releasing her debut, Jarosz left her hometown of Wimberley, Texas, 30 miles outside of Austin, and headed to Boston's New England Conservatory to study contemporary improvisation on an elite scholarship.

"I wanted something to push me out of my comfort zone," Jarosz said. "I wanted to be playing things that I might not normally play." She has played with Jewish and world music ensembles at school along with live jams with Punch Brothers and Mumford & Sons.

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