Sarah Sample on Lyrical Venus Radio Tues 9am

I first saw Sarah Sample down by the St. Vrain river at Planet Bluegrass, with platium pixie hair and in a flowing green dress, stretching her arms above her head and drinking in the view and the vibe like someone who had just come home. I didn’t know who she was, but I could tell there was something special about her. A sort of settled confidence among a crowd of many others who were (justifiably) buzzing and/or nervous.

Later that night when Sarah “outed” a fellow Song-Schooler she was backing up on an open mic performance for having recently turned 50, it was done with a knowing twinkle in her eyethat implicitly urged the woman to accept and celebrate the very place she was at in life as just perfect. Sarah’s gracious heart seemed to want everyone just to feel comfortable in their own skin.

It was perhaps a bit after that I finally connected that it was Sarah who had won the 2007 Folks Showcase and therefore a slot on the Mainstage during the Folks Fest. She was a trooper during her set, as it rained the whole time. But those who braved the rain were treated to her smart songs and that amazing, amazing voice:

Sarah Sample at Folks Fest 2008

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Sarah’s newest album Never Close Enough has been in pretty regular rotation on my playlists lately, and I’m excited to be interviewing her on the Lyrical Venus Radio Hour this Tuesday, October 7th. Tune in from 9-10am for great music and to hear from Sarah! KRUU-LP 100.1 FM locally or online anywhere.

Check out Sarah’s offical website and her MySpace for preview tracks and to buy her music.

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