Sarah Lou
Sarah Lou Richards will tell you that she was born in Wisconsin. But the folk-Americana musician known as SLR was born in Nashville. Richards released her folksy debut EP, Emerald City, in September 2009; Henry Paul, lead singer of the multiplatinum country band BlackHawk, produced her first full-length album, 2010's twangier, Ruby Red Shoes. Last year, she teamed up with Gary Nichols, lead singer of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band The SteelDrivers. They recorded a duet, "I Ain't Easy to Love," at the legendary FAME and NuttHouse studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the sessions were so successful that Nichols signed on to produce her sophomore full length. Richards has shared the stage with globally recognized artists like Jamie O'Neal, Sarah Siskind, and Gabe Dixon and opened for Bombadil and Woody Pines, among other nationally touring acts. As the hype surrounding her new album builds, others are discovering it too. Says Nichols:

"For me, what it comes down to is that the girl can sing. Or, the way I say it down here in Alabama, that girl can SANG."

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The Woman Behind The Curtain

Ruby Red Shoes

Emerald City

The Handsome Devils

In between writing and recording, Richards is constantly on the road—sometimes solo, sometimes backed by a rotating cast of musicians collectively known as the Handsome Devils. She’s shared the stage with globally recognized artists like Jamie O’Neal, Sarah Siskind, and Gabe Dixon and opened for Bombadil and Woody Pines, among other nationally touring acts.

She’s played everywhere from New York City’s historic The Bitter End to the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis, as well as at buzzy festivals like SXSW. And in 2013, she was a featured guest on NPR’s West Coast Live (fittingly, host Sedge Thomson’s trademark is a pair of red shoes). When she’s not on stage or in the studio, you can find her — and her guitar — volunteering with organizations like Musicians on Call, Soles4Souls, and Girls Rock Camp.

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2015-03-20 19:09:00
 
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Exclusive release of our video Avery!!

[Thanks to Elmore Magazine! – March 20, 2015]

EXCLUSIVE: First Look At New Video for Avery From Sarah Lou Richards – Muscle Shoals With A Big Country Sound (more…)

2015 / 03 / 20
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2015-01-30 16:38:40
 
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The Spectator

[Thanks to The Spectator! — story by Katy Macek]

Though her music career may have been born in Nashville, Tenn., a true Wisconsinite will be returning to her roots for her third album’s release party. (more…)

2015 / 01 / 30
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VolumeOne

[Thanks to VolumeOne! — story by Laura Lash]

Sarah Lou Steps Out from Behind the Curtain Hudson-born Sarah Lou Richards released a new country-pop album in November. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, SLR moved the Nashville to grow her singer/songwriter career. (more…)

2014 / 12 / 23
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Hudson Star-Observer

[Thanks to Hudson Star-Observer! — story by Chuck Nowlan]

Hudson-Born Singer Sarah Lou Richards Making Big Nashville Strides Asked how her former Hudson classmates might remember her when she was a 9-year-old at E.P. Rock Elementary School, Nashville singer and song writer Sarah Lou Richards jokes, “I was that girl who sang too much.” (more…)

2014 / 12 / 05
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Bentley’s Bandstand

[Thanks to themortonreport.com for these wonderful words!]

“Not everything recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama needs to worship at the altar of Aretha, because there are some singers in that area who just need to go their own way. They need to head out over the fields where country and soul collide on a path of greatness. (more…)

2014 / 12 / 01
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