Sara K.

Sara K.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Sara recalls having heard music constantly from an early age: "Everyone in my family sang as a hobby. My dad had a deep bass voice and used to sing in a barbershop quartet, while my mom was in a church choir. I was 15 when I started to play guitar, although my instrument is a bit different. I took the strings off a flamenco guitar and put on four bass strings, which makes the notes deeper than on a regular guitar, but not as low as a standard bass. When I was 17, I started playing in local clubs and bars and I received a good response; I knew immediately that this was what I wanted to do. There was a lull in acoustic solo acts during the late 1970s, but I stayed with it, doing studio work and putting together a band of my own. I also did backup work in Dallas for country music and local jingles."

After spending time in New Mexico and Los Angeles as leader of Sara K. and The Boys Without Sleep between 1978-83, Sara hooked up with country recording artist Gary Nunn, and toured with him for over two years. "It was great fun and a valuable experience," says Sara, "but my heart was really in writing and performing my own songs. So after I moved to Santa Fe, I met some good musicians and put out Gypsy Alley on Mesa/Bluemoon Records."

Gypsy Alley teamed Sara with Bruce Dunlap, a guitarist from Santa Fe who has recorded two releases of his own with Chesky Records and helped bring her to the label. Sara, who still makes her home in New Mexico, was the proud recipient of the New Mexico Music Industry Coalition's Best Album Award for Gypsy Alley. After being signed to Chesky, she recorded four critically acclaimed albums: Closer Than They Appear, Play On Words, Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin', and Hobo. In 1997, she completed a nearly sold-out tour of Germany with guitarist/arranger Hui Cox and worked on the soundtrack to the Kevin Costner movie The Postman.

"Her songs offer intriguing, simmering glimpses into the loves won and lost in the course of the life of Sara K." - DCD Review

"...wonderful vocals, sparse backings and enough atmosphere to justify a film of the album..." - Hi-Fi News & Record Review

"...what you want is something peaceful, yet emotionally invigorating. What you want is the latest from Sara K." - The Audio Adventure

"The Santa Fe singer/songwriter sends out lyrical tendrils that attach themselves to the listener so an exchange of emotions can take place..." - CD Review

"...at once romantic and warm, as well as lyrically chilling and stark. As always, her "sound" is wholly her own - a distinctly hushed and warm tone fingering a flamenco guitar strung with low end strings. File Sara K. under vocal folk jazz with panache." - Alex Boyd, Leak, Winter/Spring 1997

"When you dive into her 'What You Don't Know', you'll experience her lively, burnished vocals accompanied by a unique, dusky guitar style...Put your ear next to your favorite person and relish the delightful nuances of the voice, instrument and words that make up Sara K." - CD Review, February 1996

"The Santa Fe singer/songwriter sends out lyrical tendrils that attach themselves to the listener so an exchange of emotions can take place in her jazz-tinged, scat-strewn folk songs. Her songs offer intriguing, simmering glimpses into the loves won and lost in the course of the life of Sara K...The highlight of her third Chesky release is the rendition of Greg Allman's 'Whipping Post'...you'll be surprised to find nuances and a depth concealed by the electrified fury of the original." - CD Review, Women in Music

"Sara's third effort, recorded in a church, stays in the same vein of her previous offerings: intimate folk in an austere acoustic setting...With the sparest backdrop of guitar, bass, and light percussion, Sara's vignettes are personal and romantic, spun from a calm center that can only house those with the sense to find it...Thanks to the flawless production, Sara sounds as if she's playing right in your living room." - Alan Orski, New Review, Summer 1996

"Sara K. can deliver a song with smoky soul. This is the jazz chanteuse's third album with Chesky Records - the 'high-res' wizards of the music biz...She wrote most of the songs on the record, with the exception of Greg Allman's 'Whipping Post,' which she beats into a buttery gem with sultry vocals and a classy arrangement." - Yoga Journal, June 1996

"Sara K's third for Freres Chesky is a pisser...raunchy-driven crowd-rouser... Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' is Sara K's best work to date,...There's not a dud on the disc...the Chesky sound mates well with this disc, and the overall result is a wonderful way to end the day." - Alan Taffel, Audio Adventure, June 1996

"Dallas native Sara K. has the type of voice that can effortlessly be described. Her angelic range is as impressive as her third release for the Chesky Records label, Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin'. Influenced by an uncommon list of performers from the Temptations to Joni Mitchell, Sara has delivered eleven original compositions and two covers, Don McLean's 'Vincent' and a version of Greg Allman's 'Whipping Post,' that are a gorgeous presentation of her ability." - The Friday Morning Quarterback, November 17, 1995

"...wonderful vocals, sparse backings and enough atmosphere to justify a film of the album. But the real kickers are two cover versions, a chilling take of Don McLean's 'Vincent" and an unplugged performance of the Allman Brothers' raunchy-driven crowd-rouser, 'Whipping Post'." - Hi-Fi News & Record Review, June 1996