Somehow Sarah Siskind has saved her best work for her own albums. That’s a difficult feat for a songwriter who has written for the likes of Alison Krauss, Wynonna, and Randy Travis. She’s toured with Bonnie and Bon Iver. With over 20 songs placed on the hit TV drama Nashville alone, she is a master craftswoman who has learned to navigate the commercial side without sacrificing substance.
Who you are isn’t where you’re from—Sarah Siskind, “Carolina”
But where you’re from is always close
And when you go digging in that dirt
Get ready for what you fear the most
Despite her experience and success, Sarah’s latest album, Modern Appalachia, reveals an insecure artist opening herself—her wounds, her fears, her doubts—at very personal levels. From the opening track, “Me and Now,” she digs deep and admits the uncertainty that comes with solitude.
Only God completes me and he says to be still—Sarah Siskind, “Me and Now”
Why’s it so hard to try and see how that feels
It’s just me and now, it’s just me and now
Sarah’s openness as an artist is also what makes for such meaningful conversation. As a parent, she struggles to manage family and career. As an artist, she’s hungry for the time and space to create. On this side of divorce, she wrestles with being alone for the first time in her life.
Sarah’s willingness to share from these wells allow her to connect and offer hope in ways that few artists can.
Matt Conner is a former pastor and church planter turned writer and editor. He’s the founder of Analogue Media and lives in Indianapolis.