2018 Kerrville New Folk Contest winner Sarah Morris has spent the last 8 years earning a reputation for engaging performances - with a voice both clear and lush, and a penchant for sharply-crafted songs. Sarah hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, music was etched upon her DNA at a young age. Morris immersed herself in her parent’s eclectic record collection before finally falling in love with the storytelling and songcraft in country music. The music of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss, and Kathy Mattea changed Sarah’s course entirely.
After graduating from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, she wasted no time packing her bags for Nashville. Her years in Music City instilled a traditional songwriting sensibility fully on display over the course of her recent albums: 2017’s Hearts in Need of Repair, and 2015’s Ordinary Things. Both albums received critical acclaim, international airplay, and reached the top 100 of the Americana Music Associations radio chart. In addition to her recent win at Kerrville, she was a top 4 finalist in The 2016 NewSong Music Contest at Lincoln Center in NYC, took 2nd place at the 2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC, was a 2016 Americana semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, and received an honorable mention in the 2018 Telluride Troubadour contest.
Sarah has opened for JD Souther, Suzy Boggus, and Teddy Thompson, among others. Deeply rooted in the Minneapolis music scene, she maintains a national touring schedule as well - as a solo artist, with her longtime backing band, the Sometimes Guys, and as part of Americana duo The Home Fires – alongside good friend and fellow Americana artist Vicky Emerson.
“Sarah Morris [is] a bright, clear, brilliant songwriter. There are those albums you hear once in a while that just sound right, just pure and crisp and perfect and they make you think well, here’s someone with a…gift.” Jon Hunt, L‘Etoile Magazine
“And what a voice it is, never showy or seeking the limelight, just impressive within the requirements of the song and that in itself, in this day and age, is a rare thing. It is that restraint, coupled with the room to breathe that the songwriting affords her that makes her shine so brightly.” – Dancing About Architecture
and the Sometimes Guys:
Thomas Nordlund – guitars
Andrew Foreman – bass
Lars-Erik Larson – drums
and sometimes we also get:
Ben Cook-Feltz – keys and harmonies
Thomas Nordlund is a guitarist and composer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied guitar with Roger Brotherhood, Jaime Guiscafre, and Tim Sparks, and holds a B.A. in guitar performance from the University of Minnesota-Morris and a Certificate in Jazz Studies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
In 2015, Thomas released his solo album, Divide Avenue (side note, Sarah says his album is beautiful and you should listen to it right here).
In addition to his time as a Sometime Guy, he is an active sideman with Chris Bates' Red 5, and Maryam Yusefzadeh.
Andrew Foreman is a professional bassist livIng in Minneapolis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Hispanic Literature from Macalester College in Saint Paul, and his studies have included the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute in Portland, OR as well as the L'aula Institute for Modern Music in Barcelona, Spain. He is grateful to perform regularly across the country with artists Davina and The Vagabonds, Nooky Jones, Reina del Cid, and Sarah Morris.
In 2015 he was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation's Next Step Grant. Andrew can be heard as a sideman/session player with musicians across the country in Soul/Rock/Jazz/Hip Hop/Roots settings, including the recent acclaimed release "The Hamilton Mixtape." Andrew enjoys botanical gins and rye bourbons.