Sarah Jarosz Releases New Album ‘World On The Ground’

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Sarah Jarosz returns today with World On The Ground, her first new studio album since 2016’s Undercurrent. The Rounder Records release features 10 tracks that were inspired by the 29-year-old’s upbringing in the small town of Wimberley, Texas.

Jarosz tapped John Leventhal to produce World On The Ground. The collaborators worked closely on the album at Leventhal’s studio in New York City. “From the beginning John said to me, ‘OK, we’re just making demos here’—but then about 90 percent of what I thought were demos wound up on the record,” said Jarosz in a press release announcing the LP. “Because of that, I think there’s a magic that comes through in the songs. Instead of judging myself or getting in my head too much, we were just creating true music in the moment.”

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It was also Leventhal who proposed the view and approach Sarah used in crafting the 10 songs found on World On The Ground. “The first time we met to talk about the record, John said he wanted me to try to take a step back and look out at the world in my songwriting, rather than looking inward,” added Jarosz. “It completely opened the gates for me, and I started thinking a lot about growing up in Texas and diving into those memories in a way I’d never really done before. I think it has something to do with being in my late 20s, and starting to enter the phase where I’m looking back at what got me to where I am now—as opposed to constantly looking forward, as you do when you’re younger. It felt like the right time for me to return full circle to my roots and my home.”

Listen to World On The Ground below:

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