Grammy-nominated folk artists The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz, along with Alex Hargreaves, Paul Kowert and Nathaniel Smith, will perform at select venues across the U.S. this fall, and on October 27 the collaborative ensemble will grace the stage of the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
After meeting at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013, Jarosz and the Milk Carton Kids began a collaborative relationship that has been lauded for its artistry and distinct chemistry. With the addition of violinist Alex Hargreaves, bassist Paul Kowert, and cellist Nathaniel Smith, the group will bring their fully-realized, robust sound to Nashville, as well as some of the nation’s premier venues and art centers. Additional stops along the tour include New York’s Kauffman Concert Hall, Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, Washington, D.C.’s The Lincoln Theatre, and many more.
Sarah Jarosz is a multi-Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who hails from just outside of Austin, TX and makes her home in New York City. Now 23-years-old, she graduated in 2013 from New England Conservatory with a degree in contemporary improvisation in the same month her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, was released. Jarosz, who fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana, and roots music intersect, has long been embraced for the depth and maturity of her songwriting, her pure and nuanced vocals, and her instrumental mastery—switching between octave mandolin, banjo, guitar, and mandolin as the songs dictate. Build Me Up From Bones received two Grammy nominations and appeared on NPR’s Top Ten Folk and Americana albums for 2013. She has appeared on Conan, Austin City Limits twice, A Prairie Home Companion, and the BBC Series The Transatlantic Sessions.
Tickets: $35 (plus handling fees)
On sale date: Friday, June 27 at 10 a.m. CDT
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Grammy-nominated flat-picking harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids have emerged in the last three years as a powerful voice defining the continuing folk tradition. An understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids to the delight of traditionalists and newcomers to the folk movement alike. Garrison Keillor has called them “absolute geniuses in close-harmony.” The Los Angeles Times lauds their latest Anti- Records release, The Ash & Clay, as displaying “absolute mastery of their craft” while Paste emphasizes the “intellectual sophistication of their songs, making The Milk Carton Kids an option for purists unsatisfied with some of the pop tendencies seeping in to the genre.” The band has appeared on Conan, A Prairie Home Companion, Austin City Limits, and the Coen Brothers’ & T Bone Burnett’s “Another Day/Another Time” concert film.
Violinist Alex Hargreaves of Corvallis, Oregon, has been mentored by some of the greats in acoustic roots music and jazz. He has toured with Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Danilo Perez, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Noam Pikelny and has shared the stage with many others including Chris Thile, Mumford & Sons, Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush. Hargreaves performs regularly with Sarah Jarosz, appearing on her three acclaimed albums, as well as being featured on her Grammy-nominated instrumental, "Mansinneedof." In February 2010, Hargreaves' debut album, Prelude, was released featuring master acoustic musicians Mike Marshall, Grant Gordy and Paul Kowert, and special guests Bela Fleck and Noam Pikelny.
Bassist Paul Kowert grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. Upon graduating from The Curtis Institute of Music in 2009, he joined the band Punch Brothers and moved to Brooklyn, NY. Since then the band has made two albums and toured extensively throughout the US, UK and Europe, contributed music to "The Hunger Games," "This is Forty," and "Inside Llewyn Davis," and appeared on Conan, Leno, Letterman, Jools Holland, A Prairie Home Companion, and Austin City Limits. In addition to playing with Punch Brothers, Paul has toured with Mike Marshall's Big Trio, Dave Rawlings Machine, and Haas Kowert Tice.
Cellist Nathaniel Smith, a native of Brandon, Mississippi, now residing in Nashville, began studying the cello at the age of five. Mr. Smith has an impressive list of artists he has toured and/or collaborated with, most recently Sarah Jarosz, renowned Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, and Jeremy Kittel. Sought after as a teacher, he has taught at Christian Howes’s Creative Strings Workshop in Columbus, Ohio; Leahy Music Camp in Ontario, Canada; and Mark O’Connor’s String Camp at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The state-of-the-art, 800-seat CMA Theater is a peerless Music City venue for live concert performances. Completed in 2014 and designed by Tuck Hinton Architects, the $10 million facility was part of the museum’s recent expansion and features sound and lighting designed by Fisher Dachs, the group behind such renowned venues as Shakespeare’s Globe, Radio City Music Hall, and Nashville’s own Schermerhorn Symphony Center.