Three records in, Sarah Darling is taking charge of every aspect of her sound. Her last record, Dream Country, shows an amazing amount of confidence and control for a burgeoning country starlet, incorporating a wide array of influences and interests while maintaining a Nashville heart.

Ms. Darling is incredibly gracious in person. She expresses wonder and interest in every aspect and as often seems to be interviewing me as the other way round. She and her partner laugh easily and, despite the shabby furnishings, are genuinely grateful for simply being here. Imagining Nashville stardom for the duo is easy, and national stardom doesnt seem far off given that so many of her songs seem like instant country classics. When she finishes up her original song, “Cowboy’s Ride,” I could of sworn I had heard it before as it taps into something primal and true about American music in general.