Watkins, Jarosz and O’Donovan announce new single and video

crossingSugar Hill Records has announced the May 8 release of a 7” vinyl single from the roots power trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan. The three young women, known for their previous work in groups like Nickel Creek and Crooked Still, and as headlining solo artists, have come together this year to record and tour as a unit.

A debut video, which shows the three in the studio cutting John Hiatt’s Crossing Muddy Waters, is available now, with the single offered as a download in iTunes. They give the song an old timey treatment, with Aoife taking the lead.

The single will be backed with an a cappella version of Be My Husband by Andy Stroud.

Jarosz, whose banjo is heard on the single, says that after a chance trio performance at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, she is expecting great things from their work together.

Sarah Jarosz at Telluride 2013 - photo © Jason Lombard“I’m really excited about this trio because we each do our own thing and we each do it differently, so I’m looking forward to discovering all of the unique possibilities that come with combining our individual voices.”

Starting in the Spring, these three ladies will be on the road, beginning with a European tour in April and May, followed by a round of US dates later this Summer. It is billed as the I’m With Her tour.

Stops scheduled as of this date include:

  • 4/18 – Uppsala, Sweden – Folkmusikgalan
  • 4/18 – Barcelona, Spain – Theatre Principal
  • 4/21 – Bristol, UK – Clifton Cathedral
  • 4/23 – Biddulph, UK – Town Hall
  • 4/24 – Gateshead, UK – Sage Gateshead
  • 4/25 – Bury, UK – The Met (Sold Out)
  • 4/26 – Sheffield, UK – Memorial Hall
  • 4/28 – London, UK – Union Chapel
  • 4/29 – Oxford, UK – St. Johns the Evangelist 
  • 5/1 – Belfast, UK – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
  • 5/2 – Londonderry, UK – Culturlann Ui Chanin
  • 5/3 – Kilkenny, Ireland – Kilkenny Roots Festival
  • 5/4 – Sligo, Ireland – The Hawks Well Theatre
  • 5/5 – Dublin, Ireland – Whelan’s
  • 5/22 – Vienna, VA – A Prairie Home Companion
  • 5/23 – Vienna, VA – A Prairie Home Companion
  • 7/10 – Katonah, NY – Caramoor
  • 7/11 – Mt. Solon, VA – Red Wing Roots
  • 7/25 – Lyons, CO – Rockygrass
  • 8/29 – Fayetteville, AR – Fayetteville Town Center
  • 9/5 – Pagosa Springs, CO – Four Corners Folk Festival
  • 9/19 – North Adams, MA – FreshGrass

Pre-orders for the vinyl single and I’m With Her tour merch (show posters and shirts) are available now online.

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