Written by: Jen Dan
Over the past decade, Los Angeles-residing, country-blues, singer-songwriter Sarah Dashew has released three critically-praised albums, performed on successful tours, and has had her music placed in television spots, establishing her as one of the music industry’s most consistent singer-songwriters.
Continuing on this path, Dashew is set to release her latest full-length, Roll Like a Wheel, engineered by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, My Chemical Romance), on January 22nd. Dashew’s whole musical history is on display on her upcoming album, from Texas Tejano, to Southern gospel, to blue-eyed soul, and more recently a distinctive L.A. flavor. James Taylor and Janis Joplin influences are present, but even more so is Paul Simon’s Graceland-era spirit. The rhythms of the city Dashew is rooted in has imprinted itself upon Roll Like a Wheel. “More than any other city has done before.” Dashew pronounces. She has also found what she describes as “true and everlasting love”, a sentiment which also makes itself at home on her new album.
“Estas Son Las Cosas” announces itself with a blast of Mariachi horns followed by Spanish-sung verses in a direct homage to the eastside of L.A. where Dashew resides. “Are You Listening?” continues with the Spanish singing, this time in the form of an upbeat pop-rock number. The album’s standout title track, “Roll Like a Wheel”, comes across like a manifesto for both Dashew’s album and her brilliant musical career: To keep the wheel spinning, keep the influences coming, and to never stop. This mentality isn’t surprising coming from Dashew since she grew up sailing around the world with her family.
“Roll Like A Wheel is the culmination of my musical history thus far. It takes all my life and sounds from childhood to now, wraps it up in a package of Los Angeles flavor, and spins it into a journey of soul and spirit,” says Dashew. “Joy and healing. Reflection and anticipation. And all that comes down to love.”
Dashew’s drive and spirit has earned her songs spots on the hit NBC show My Name Is Earl, inclusion in the celebrity playlist of ABC’s Ugly Betty, rave critical reviews of her previous albums, and successful tours throughout the U.S. and Europe with the likes of Cowboy Junkies, Michelle Shocked, Suzanne Vega, and Pancho Sanchez.
Dashew has just released a sweet stop-motion video for her song “Roll Like A Wheel,” which was directed and animated by Milo Caliri who is just 7 years old.
Take a look below: