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Im With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife ODonovan)
Starting: 07:00 PM
A band of extraordinary chemistry and exquisite musicianship, Im With Her features Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife ODonovan. Collectively, the multi-Grammy-Award-winners have released seven solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. But from its very first moments, their full-length debut See You Around reveals the commitment to creating a wholly unified band sound. With each track born from close songwriting collaboration, Im With Her builds an ineffable magic from their finespun narratives and breathtaking harmonies. The result is an album both emotionally raw and intricate, revealing layers of meaning and insight within even the most starkly adorned track. Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriels Real World Studios in a tiny English village near Bath, See You Around delivers a warmly textured yet stripped-down sound that proves both fresh and timeless. To achieve the albums intimate feel, Im With Her recorded live in the tight confines of the Wood Room, all three members performing in the same room without monitors or headphones. With its piercingly lyricism, See You Around also finds Im With Her showing the uncompromising honesty of their songwriting. That intensity is heightened by the bands effortless harmonizing, which the New York Times has praised as sweetly ethereal, or as tightly in tandem as country sibling teams like the Everly Brothers, or as hearty as mountain gospel. Layered with lush guitar tones and crystalline harmonies, See You Arounds title track opens the album with a breakup ballad of rare nuance (Its about coming to the end of a long relationship where you both run in the same circles, and that melancholy feeling of knowing youre going to have to keep seeing that person again and again, Jarosz explains). A bittersweet mood endures for songs like Aint That Fine, a wistful meditation on existential ups and downs that ultimately discovers solace in its reflection and reckoning (sample lyric: I cant believe the things I put my mother through/But its alright, I guess we all deserve our turn to be a fool).