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I'M WITH HER
FRIDAY JULY 26, 2019
I’m With Her is a band rooted in a rare alchemy: three celebrated songwriters coming together to create music that reveals entirely new possibilities in their distinct and deep-seated talents. Since forming in 2014, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan have imbued their songs with a sharply detailed lyricism, graceful musicianship, and—perhaps most powerfully—mesmerizing harmonies that endlessly reflect their extraordinary chemistry.
The latest single from I’m With Her, “Call My Name” again shows the strength and vitality of their connection. In a departure from the deliberately insular making of their debut album See You Around, the band pursued a new creative approach centered on true collaboration with producer Mike Elizondo (Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, Dr. Dre). Recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, “Call My Name” finds Elizondo building a hypnotic sonic backdrop, matching the track’s quietly urgent beat with I’m With Her’s interplay of guitar, Wurlitzer, and fiddle. The result is a song both stark and luminous, perfectly capturing the potent tension within even the most loving relationship.
After years of crossing paths in their intersecting music scenes, Watkins, Jarosz, and O’Donovan founded I’m With Her following an impromptu gig at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride. Over the coming years they began playing shows and festivals around the world, in addition to taking time out for a number of intensely focused writing sessions (including eight days spent in purposeful seclusion at a borrowed Vermont farmhouse). Arriving in early 2018, See You Around quickly drew critical acclaim and ultimately graced best-of-the-year lists from leading outlets like the New York Times, NPR Music, and Paste.
Along with See You Around, 2018 saw the release of multiple singles from I’m With Her, including a remix by Tune-Yards of “Game to Lose,” a rendition of Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover),” and a Spotify Session featuring their version of Vampire Weekend’s “Hannah Hunt” (a cover that fast became a fan favorite at shows). Nominated for Duo/Group of the Year by the Americana Music Association and Artist of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards, the band has also taken the stage on late-night shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Last Call with Carson Daly. With upcoming U.S. performances including the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, House of Blues in Boston, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, I’m With Her will soon return to Europe as well as make their debut across Australia.
Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of I’m With Her to support Education Through Music-LA's mission to ensure that all students receive a quality sequential music education program at partner school Hooper Elementary School, located in South Central. The funding will directly expand Hooper Elementary's Band and Strings Orchestra Program from 85 to 161 students (4th and 5th grades) this 2018-19 school year through the purchase of new instruments and the addition of two more music instructors to provide weekly instruction twice a week.
Quote from I’m With Her
In Los Angeles, ETM-LA is making real musical contributions to students in underfunded schools. By purchasing instruments and hiring music teachers, schools which would otherwise have limited or no music education are able to add a music program for their students. ETM-LA is a well-run organization making a big difference in LA education.
Quote from Shared ETM-LA Executive Director Victoria Lanier
We could not do this important work without the support of the Newport Festivals Foundation and dedicated champions Sara Watkins and I'm With Her. We are incredibly grateful for this partnership to help further our mission of providing quality music education to disadvantaged Los Angeles schools.