Sarah Dashew's strong songwriting and upbeat country pop style comes through on her new album, "Jealous Girl."

Sarah Dashew's strong songwriting and upbeat country pop style comes through on her new album, "Jealous Girl."
After two years of writing songs and playing shows in the Los Angeles area, the opportunity to record her debut album came as the big payoff.

Dashew will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Jefferson State Pub, 31B Water St., Ashland.

Dashew grew up sailing around the world with her family. With so much time on their hands, she and her sister spent hours listening to musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison and Janis Joplin. But as compelling as the experience was, Sarah didn't decide to become a musician until she started college and attended a gospel choir concert that left her weak in the knees.

Dashew joined the choir the next day, bought a cheap guitar and starting singing, playing and writing.

Soon after, she moved to Austin, Texas, put a band together and toured all over the U.S. and Europe. She worked with other artists such as Suzanne Vega, Michelle Schocked, Steve Earle and Cowboy Junkies.

Homesick for the salty air off the ocean, Dashew left Texas for Los Angeles and began working under the tutelage of Chuck Plotkin, producer for such stars as Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

One day Plotkin looked at Dashew and told her she was ready to made a record.

And if that wasn't enough, some of the musicians who ended up joining her in the studio included Mark Goldenberg (Jackson Browne, Peter Frampton) on electric guitar; Jennifer Condos (Bruce Springsteen, Joe Henry) on bass; Gary Mallaber (Van Morrison, Steve Miller Band) on drums and percussion; and Marty Rifkin (Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen) on pedal steel. Ryan Freeland performed keys, Plotkin played piano and Dashew played acoustic guitars and harmonica. Dan Bern added cello to the song "Cannot Make the Call."

Dashew penned all 12 tracks on the album, creating a journey from the brutally honest title track to the final, soul-soothing "Morningtime."

Apparently Plotkin knows talent when he sees it. Dashew's album is a rhythmic, fresh vocal journey of songs played with gusto. One of the tracks, "Hash it Out," has already been heard on the hit TV show "My Name is Earl."

Dashew performs regularly at venues such as the Temple Bar in Santa Monica, Hotel Café in Hollywood, Calif., and the Living Room in New York City.

Cover for the show at the Jefferson State Pub will be announced at the door. Call 482-7718.