Forming a supergroup is a risky proposition. When several masters of a genre come together to form something new, there is a spectrum of possible end results. It could fail to live up to the hype and expectations, falling short of the talent of any of the individual members. More rarely, it can far exceed anyone’s loftiest expectations, creating something new and exciting and memorable. Most often, it falls somewhere in the middle.
In 2014, three of the biggest names in progressive bluegrass, Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, and Aiofe O’Donovan, started playing together under the name I’m With Her. Earlier this year, the trio released its first album, called “See You Around.” I’m not sure if anyone is throwing around the “supergroup” label for this trio, but I strongly believe that’s how we should consider them, because all three members are great. And this album falls so far on the great end of the spectrum described above that I’m just awestruck. This is one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long, long time.