SARAH LOU RICHARDS
With her fourth album, Someone Who Gets Me, Americana artist Sarah Lou Richards stretches her sound to new limits. It’s a broad, bold record, rooted in the bright melodies of pop music, the storybook narratives of country, and the real-life experiences of a songwriter who isn’t afraid to shine a light on her own trials and triumphs.
Richards was born in upstate Wisconsin, where she sang her way through grade school and eventually earned a music scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. After graduation, she headed east, landing a job teaching elementary schoolers in Connecticut. She missed her time onstage, though. Two years later, Richards packed up her classroom and moved south, this time finding a new home in Nashville.
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