Sarah Jarosz is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, an insightful songwriter, and a singular vocalist who has been described by The New York Times as “one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.” Undercurrent, her fourth Sugar Hill album, is her first release since graduating with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and relocating to New York City, and it has earned her two GRAMMYS earlier this year: Best American Roots Performance for her song "House of Mercy" and Best Folk Album. Undercurrent features 11 original songs that seem to reveal new lyrical depth and sonic nuance with every listen. Her prior album, 2013’s Build Me Up from Bones, earned her two GRAMMY nominations for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song. Jarosz spent much of 2015 touring as one-third of I’m With Her, the mini-supergroup she shares with kindred spirits Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan.
Jordan Tice will kick off the night. Over the last 10 years, he has developed a reputation as a unique and versatile guitarist and prolific composer of some of the most thoughtful and well crafted tunes of his generation. Tice has a voice and sonic aesthetic that is all his own with which he filters the sounds and conventions of American music into something unique. On his latest release, Horse County, he also demonstrates a unique voice as a songwriter and singer in addition to his known guitar and tune-crafting skills. Born into a bluegrass family in Maryland, Tice started early, playing bluegrass and fiddle tunes with some of the best players in the fertile mid-Atlantic bluegrass scene. He also stayed busy playing rock and roll with his peers as well as studying jazz and classical guitar and composition in college. He released his first solo record of mostly original music at the age of 17 called No Place Better (2005) to critical acclaim within the bluegrass world.