In less than ten years, Sarah Dashew has managed three critically-praised albums, successful tours, television spots, and a new full-length, establishing her as one of the music industry’s most consistent singer-songwriters.
On Sarah Dashew’s latest 9-song album, Roll Like a Wheel, one can hear her whole musical history: Texas tejano, southern gospel, and blue-eyed soul, but now wrapped up in a distinct Los Angeles flavor. You can still hear James Taylor and Janis Joplin, but there’s clearly a Paul Simon, Graceland-era spirit to the proceedings: The rhythms of her city have combined to imprint itself on the album. “More than any other city has done before,” Dashew pronounces.
Sarah grew up sailing around the world with her family (her dad is a boat designer), listening to classic rock and blues, artists like Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters.
“We didn’t have TV” Dashew says. “We had books and music. And when we got to a new port, we would always meet the locals and invite them on board or to the beach for parties. Musical instruments would come out and everyone would play and sing: kids, grown ups, grandparents. So that was it…music was embedded.”
Thus inspired by song since her early childhood, Dashew acknowledged music as her calling after watching a soulful gospel performance in college. From there, she moved to Austin, TX where she learned to write and perform alongside local favorites.
Dashew’s first solo album, Jealous Girl, debuted in 2006 and was produced by Chuck Plotkin (of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan fame). She then produced her follow-ups Where I Belong (2010), Sarah Dashew(2013) and Something in the Weather (2014). With her latest production, Sarah reaches a new height.
“Roll Like A Wheel is the culmination of my musical history thus far. It takes all my life and sounds from childhood to now, wraps it up in a package of Los Angeles flavor, and spins it into a journey of soul and spirit,” says Dashew. “Joy and healing. Reflection and anticipation. And that all comes down to love.”
This insistence has earned her songs spots on the hit NBC show My Name Is Earl, inclusion in the celebrity playlist of ABC’s Ugly Betty, rave reviews of previous albums, and successful tours throughout the U.S. and Europe with the likes of Cowboy Junkies, Michelle Shocked, Suzanne Vega, and Pancho Sanchez.
Roll Like A Wheel is engineered by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, My Chemical Romance) and is now available everywhere.