Sarah Harralson performs hometown show

Now based in Nashville, singer-songwriter plays Farragut Casual Pint

A budding, Nashville-based singer-songwriter played a dream concert recently when she returned to her hometown to play before an audience filled with family and friends. It may sound like the clichéd beginning to a screenplay, but it played out in real life on Saturday, March 24 at the Farragut location of the Casual Pint.

Sarah Harralson took to the stage with relatively little fanfare. There were no bright lights, and she fought a few battles with a malfunctioning sound system. But those things didn’t seem to matter to the 23-year-old graduate of Farragut High School, as she delivered an excellent solo acoustic performance that lasted for nearly an hour.

Harralson was exactly where she wanted to be to perform for the first time in her hometown: at one of the most intimate venues in East Tennessee on a rainy evening in early spring, surrounded mostly by family and close friends. You got the feeling that this suited the performer just fine.

“It’s special to play here,” said Harralson, who left the suburb of Knoxville to earn a degree at Belmont University. “I’ve played places in Nashville, and I’ve played in bars. But this is the first time that I’ve gotten to play in my hometown. It’s always special to come home and play for your friends.”

Harralson, an intrepid young talent who began writing songs when she was 10 years old, was in far West Knoxville to promote her recently released EP, “Watered Down Whiskey.” Her show included several songs from the short album, including the title track, “Radio Static,” “Chasing Ghosts” and “If Heaven Was a Honkytonk.” She also performed a couple of covers and some other original material.

Harralson has a passion for country music and a knack for writing songs in that vein. She cites a wide array of influences as she draws from the likes of the Dixie Chicks, the legendary Johnny Cash and Jewel, who dominated the pop charts back in the ‘90s before taking a more overt turn toward country. She considers her style to be contemporary country, but she knows and appreciates the traditional country western genre. This is evident in “If Heaven Was a Honkytonk,” in which she chronicles a possible encounter with Cash and bluegrass legend Bill Monroe.

This reverence combined with her powerful voice and songwriting ability could make Harralson a force in country music in the not-too-distant future.

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