Sara Haile-Mariam is on her way.
At 28 the prolific lyricist, drummer, and vocalist for rock n’ blues band Music Bones has found unexpected things in the right places.
A graduate of New York University Sara was inspired by Barack Obama’s candidacy and in 2008 found herself opining on national television on behalf of his campaign. In 2010 she moved to DC to work at the Center for American Progress. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and CSPAN, created video products that garnered the attention of The Tonight Show, and has been published by The New York Times. Disillusioned by partisan politics and unwilling to color inside the lines, Sara returned to New York to pursue other interests. In 2012, a little bit of magic and a ten minute guitar lesson introduced her to her calling In 2013, tendonitis and a Craigslist posting from guitarist Mike Sutjipto resulted in the creation of Music Bones. That same year, Levon Helm and a life-changing meeting with mentor and 75 year old blues legend Beverly “Guitar” Watkins inspired her to take up the drums and reminded her to never give up.
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