Over the last five years, singer-songwriter Sarah Morris has earned a reputation for engaging performances, with a voice both clear and lush. Sarah hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where from a young age, she immersed herself in her parent’s eclectic record collection before finally falling in love with the storytelling and songcraft in country music. Spending a few years in Music City instilled a traditional songwriting sensibility that earned her 2015 album Ordinary Things international airplay, and critical acclaim. With the release of her third album, Hearts In Need Of Repair, Sarah offers 11 new songs spanning the Americana sonosphere. Returning to RiverRock Studios in Minneapolis, Sarah co-produced the album with Eric Blomquist. Longtime bandmates Thomas Nordlund, Andrew Foreman, and Zachary Schmidt joined them in the studio, laying a foundation that blends folk-rock and country influences. Hearts In Need Of Repair showcases Sarah’s signature vocals and conversational lyricism, exploring vulnerability, heartbreak, and grown-up, imperfect love.
Available at iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon, and all those other online musical outlets on Friday, November 17th.
I consider myself to be THE LUCKIEST when it comes to bandmates. The 4 of us came together organically in 2011 (Tom asked Andrew to play with us. Then Andrew asked Zach. Then we felt complete!). Since they are each beyond talented musicians, they play with many groups around the Twin Cities, and sometimes they play with me. That's how they came to be known as "the Sometimes Guys". I'm so inspired by their playing, and adore them as people. See, THE LUCKIEST!
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.
Immersed into a musical family, Zachary Schmidt began playing percussion and piano at an early age. His love and passion for music has evolved into many different genres over the years. In 2003, Schmidt continued his percussion studies with Scott Prebys at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. While at the university, he performed at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In addition, he had the opportunity to perform with guest artists Greg Bissonette, Bob Montgomery, Ruben Alvarez, Tom Teasley, Phil Solomon, Elli Mannhette and Frank Mantooth. In December of 2006, Schmidt moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend the McNally Smith College of Music. While at McNally, he studied with Dr. David Schmalenberger, Gordy Knudson, David Stanoch, Paul Steiber, David Hanzel, Bobby Stanton and Pete Whitman. Schmidt was a featured student artist in the Jazziz Magazine in 2007.
In the summer of 2013, Schmidt had the opportunity to serve as the Associate Music Director of the Medora Musical (ND). Equally adept on both percussion and piano, Schmidt maintains a busy performance schedule throughout the United States participating in the Jazz, Brazilian, Country, Folk, R& B styles. He has performed and/or recorded with Sarah Morris, Dan Musselman, “Downtown” Bill Brown, Billy Franze, The Dolly’s, Adam Meckler, Jana Nyberg, Reina Del Cid and Kat Perkins in addition to numerous other ensembles.