Sarah McCulloch is a Country/Folk Singer-Songwriter whose sweet, yet sultry, voice pierces right through the lush traditional country production on her latest album, Sawmiller’s Daughter. The songwriter’s emotive and nostalgic lyrics showcase her knack for timeless storytelling that transports the listener right into the center of the narrative.
Produced by Jim Bickerstaff (Widespread Panic, Loretta Lynn, Chuck Leavell, Gladys Knight) and written entirely by McCulloch except for, “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal'' written by legendary outlaw songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, Sawmiller’s Daughter is a sweet, emotional recollection of McCulloch’s early childhood days spent on her father's saw-mill and a somber, yet inspiring, collection of stories rooted in strength, spirit and family. The album was recorded at East Avalon Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and features widely acclaimed musicians including Pat Severs, Kelvin Holly, Clayton Ivey, John Willis, Bob Wray, Terry Feller, Stan Geberer and Donny Carpenter.
Renowned journal of roots music, No Depression cited McCulloch as being, "one of the most memorable debuts in recent Americana music history,” and her sound as, “genuine and sparkl[ing] with palpable emotion." McCulloch’s style has also been described as being, “immensely human and emotive, bringing fine lyrical content to even more vivid life.” The lead singles releasing ahead of the album, including “Half Crazy” and “Lost With You”, are steeped in country tradition and boast the kind of sentimental storytelling and tender vocal stylings that get under your skin. Fans of Dolly Parton, Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert and Lee Ann Womack will surely connect with this evocative and timely song-wielding woman.
Born in Miami, Florida and raised in the Everglades, McCulloch grew up surrounded by the remote property that is now part of the Big Cypress National Preserve. In an effort to pioneer a spiritual life untouched by the failings of mainstream society, her parents made certain their family roots were deeply ingrained in hippiedom and entangled with nature. Sarah was home-schooled in a loving home that was handcrafted by her father on his saw-mill and made out of cypress trees. “Due to a birth defect, [my father] was born without fingers on his right hand, so running a saw-mill was pretty incredible!” says McCulloch. In her formative years, she was no stranger to newspaper reporters who were curious about the unique lifestyle of her and her family. Her father was a charismatic figure, a songwriter himself and her first musical influence. His eclectic tastes and steadfast philosophies instilled knowledge and insight on a vast number of topics and experiences that include; Dylan and Hendrix, equality and respect, Native American traditions, gospel hymns, Buddhist meditation and Folk festivals, to name a few. “Thanks to my father’s teachings, I’ve always felt like an old soul in a young body, the wisdom of which I wholeheartedly share in my songwriting,” says McCulloch.
McCulloch’s debut album, Strawberry Moon (2018), received radio airplay in the U.S. and internationally, as well as amassed glowing reviews from many notable publications including No Depression Magazine and Gashouse Radio. In 2018, Strawberry Moon also gained top recognition as a nominee at the Independent Music Awards in NYC in the Country category, in which McCulloch was the only female artist to be nominated.
After living in upstate New York for over a decade, McCulloch has returned to her homeland of south Florida and has her feet firmly planted in the solid foundation she has built by sharing her life stories through song with a spirit of relatable honesty, fervor and warmth. “I became very serious about writing in my late thirties when I was at the end of a difficult time in my life,” says McCulloch, “I was very, very homesick for my home state of Florida. ‘Sugartown’ and the title track, ‘Sawmiller’s Daughter’ were written around that time. It was very healing for me and helped me transition into a new life.”
From listening rooms and theatres to gin-joints and festivals, McCulloch is enthralling audiences far and wide with her personable musical mosaic and unforgettable voice married with meaningful songs. In the Fall of 2021, McCulloch signed with Lady Savage MGMT & PR and will be releasing several singles with accompanying visual content leading up to the 2022 release of her sophomore album, Sawmiller’s Daughter. Follow @sarahmacsongs on Instagram and visit www.sarahmacmusic.com for all of the latest updates and info about upcoming releases!