Three-time GRAMMY winner, Sarah Jarosz, has announced the June 5 release of World On The Ground (Rounder Records), her first new album in four years. The soulful and gorgeous collection – produced by John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello) and recorded in his Manhattan home studio – follows Jarosz’s Grammy-winning 2016 release, Undercurrent (Rounder).
World On The Ground is a collection of stories both real and imagined exploring the tension and inertia of small-town living. Jarosz, a native of Wimberley, TX (pop. 2,626) and current NYC resident, explores the desire for escape set against the ease of staying put. The album is populated by sensitive souls, aimless wanderers, and back-porch daydreamers. Their stories are illuminated by the album’s spacious yet intricate arrangements and Jarosz’s captivating voice and richly detailed songwriting. With the scope of a novel and a sound inspired by classic Texas songwriting, World On The Ground paints a portrait that exists outside of time.
Pre-order the album and listen to Johnny, which follows a returning traveler wrestling with the hard-fought truth that “an open heart looks a lot like the wilderness.”
World On the Ground takes its title from album highlight, Pay It No Mind, in which wisdom is passed down through song by a bird looking down at the world: “When the world on the ground is gonna swallow you down, sometimes you’ve got to pay it no mind.” The song’s “little bird stretching her wings” graces the album’s cover, an Erin E. Murray painting gifted to Jarosz from her parents.
At 28, Sarah Jarosz is already a three-time GRAMMY winner. In addition to her solo work, she is a member of the GRAMMY-winning group, I’m With Her, and is a frequent guest on Live From Here with Chris Thile. The multi-instrumentalist first started with the mandolin at age nine and earned her first GRAMMY nomination at age 18 for her 2009 debut, Song Up in Her Head.
WORLD ON THE GROUND TRACKLIST:
Pay It No Mind
Orange and Blue
I’ll Be Gone
What Do I Do