Folk trio I’m With Her to play Walton Arts Center April 17 (ad)

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Presented in partnership with Fayetteville Roots Fest, folk trio I’m With Her comes to Walton Arts Center on Tuesday, April 17. I’m With Her features celebrated roots artists Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Collectively, the multi-Grammy Award®-winners have released seven solo albums, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. After years of crossing paths in their intersecting scenes, the trio came together to produce their first full-length album, See You Around, released in February of this year.

After an off-the-cuff performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in summer 2014, a mutual friend texted the women with a last-minute request to open a show at the Sheridan Opera House. “We had two hours to prepare for a 30-minute set and we said, ‘Let’s do it, let’s skip margaritas and rehearse,’” O’Donovan recalls. “We worked up six or seven songs in the bathroom, and then went on to this crazy-energetic crowd at 1 a.m. I’ll never forget how amazing that felt.”

It quickly became clear that their on-stage compatibility extended to songwriting. I’m With Her infuses their sonic palette with so many unexpected and subtly captivating elements: jagged guitar lines, charged storytelling and effortless harmonizing, which The New York Times has praised as “sweetly ethereal, or as tightly in tandem as country sibling teams like the Everly Brothers, or as hearty as mountain gospel.” While each member plays guitar, they also perform on a variety of other instruments — including fiddle and ukulele for Watkins, mandolin and banjo for Jarosz, and piano and synth for O’Donovan.

If you’re a regular Roots Festivalgoer, you’re probably familiar with these ladies. This concert also features special guests and Fayetteville natives, Smokey and the Mirror. Tickets are just $32.50 and are on sale now at

Presented by Walton Arts Center and Fayetteville Roots Festival.

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