BROWNFIELD — Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz, who landed a record deal with legendary roots label Sugar Hill Records at age 16, will perform at Stone Mountain Arts Center.

The free concert will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4.

Jarosz’s first CD, “Song Up in Her Head,” was released in June of 2009. She received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance for the track “Mansinneedof” from that album.

Accompanying herself on octave mandolin, mandolin, guitar and banjo, and sometimes joined by a duo of equally talented young musicians, her live performances feature a mix of new old-timey ballads and innovative covers.

Born in Austin, Texas, on May 23, 1991, Jarosz picked up the mandolin at age 10. She also plays clawhammer banjo and guitar, and wrote all but two of the 13 tracks on her album. She is currently attending the New England Conservatory of Music, working toward a bachelor’s degree in music, majoring in contemporary improvisation.

Jarosz has jammed on-stage with bluegrass icons David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs, and has performed on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” She joined Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs on the nationally televised 2005 Country Music Association salute to the father of bluegrass banjo, and was a special guest at the Del McCoury Band’s 2008 New Year’s Eve party at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Jarosz is in the process of recording her follow-up release, scheduled for late May. In the interim, “The New 45,” featuring a previously unreleased crowd favorite “Grandma’s Hands” (Bill Withers) and a Jarosz original “My Muse,” will be available.

Stone Mountain Arts Center is at 695 Dug Way Road. For more information, call (866) 227-6523 or visit www.stonemountainartscenter.com/ArtsCenter.


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