STORRS — It may be a drive, but it will be worth the trip to hear I'm With Her — the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan — perform next week at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.
The multi-Grammy-Award-winners have individually released nine solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. They will be performing at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at University of Connecticut on Valentine's Day to sing from their full-length album, "See You Around."
“See You Around” is co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, England. The 12-track LP, filled with fine-spun narratives and breathtaking harmonies, "presents a warmly textured, yet stripped-down sound, layered with lush guitar tones and crystalline harmonies," according to critics. The album is comprised of 11 originals, penned by the band in Los Angeles and Vermont, plus the never before released Gillian Welch-penned “Hundred Miles.” With each member playing guitar and handling various aspects of the instrumentation— including fiddle and ukulele for Watkins, mandolin and banjo for Jarosz, piano and synth for O’Donovan—the band cut most of the album live, performing just a few feet away from each other in the tracking room.
"I’m With Her" came together by happenstance for an off-the-cuff performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during the summer of 2014. The band has since garnered tremendous praise for their unique blend of instrumental interplay and indelible harmonies.