Singer/Songwriter Sarah Hughes is a local favorite, playing the bars and venues in the college town of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The powerful Southern voice anchoring her folk-rock style has drawn comparisons to Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, & Lucinda Williams. She draws from such diverse influences as Gillian Welch, Wilco, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, & Widespread Panic, resulting in a sound that houses traditional country storytelling in steady rhythms & strumming with some southern jam-rock on the side.
Born on the banks of the Misssissippi, Sarah was raised 40 miles west of Memphis in Forrest City, Arkansas. Her musical beginnings can be traced to her father, a guitar player himself, who taught her the basics during her teenage years. Sarah attended Hendrix College to study visual arts where, in the company of other aspiring musicians, she began to sing & write songs. After graduating in 2002, she migrated with friends to New York City and although her raspy drawl was well-received at East Village locales, she quickly realized that a tiny Harlem apartment and the metropolitan life were not an ideal fit for her. They were enough, however, to inspire the song “Southern Savage.”
Sarah settled in Fayetteville in mid-2003 and soon gained recognition throughout the region. Currently, she plays solo and duo gigs weekly, and her full band is filling clubs with its high-energy versions of Sarah’s original songs. Her first album was recorded in the spring of 2005 and consisted of songs that highlight the adventurous ramblings of a post college 20-something living for the minute. Her second album, No Seat Belt, was recorded in 2007 with an all-star cast of regional musicians supporting Sarah’s original songs. In November of 2012, The Sarah Hughes Band released their first live album, titled LIVE: No Chaser. This record captures the band’s raw energy as it performs a mixture of songs from the two previous albums along with some new, unrecorded originals. Her songs are humorous, thoughtful, and delivered in a sexy twang that makes you say, “She’s got it!”
Northwest Arkansas Music Awards: 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee- The Sarah Hughes Band, 2011 Country Band of the Year, 2009 Hall Of Fame Inductee- Sarah Hughes, 2008 Female Singer/Songwriter, 2008 Roots/Americana Band of the Year, 2007 Female Singer/Songwriter, 2006 Band Of The Year, 2006 Album Of The Year, 2006 Female Singer/Songwriter Of The Year and 2005 Female Vocalist Of The Year
Ozark Music Awards: 2006 Folk Artist Of The Year, 2005 Songwriter Of The Year, 2005 Female Vocalist Of The Year, 2005 Folk Band Of The Year, 2005 Nominee- Artist Of The Year, Solo Performer Of The Year, Album Of The Year and 2004 Songwriter Of The Year