“Popejoy's songs bring to mind Lucinda Williams and Ani Difranco for their intensity and intelligence. ”
— The Nashville Rage
Sarah Popejoy's Bio
It was a family secret. Only one that wasn’t kept from those outside the family. No this family secret was never talked about inside the family. Sarah’s grandmother, Gwen Popejoy Bonnell, was in a very successful singing trio that toured all over the state of Oklahoma. Upon settling down and raising a family, it never came up at holidays or family cookouts. Sarah’s Dad, Brad Popejoy, played bass guitar for a band called Front Page News that was released on Dial Records. Soon though raising a family and selling his bass, those stories were lost for years.
In a suburban city with views of hayfields and cattle, as a teenager Sarah had been bit by the music bug. A passion for lyric writing turned into playing a guitar her mother gave her which in turn, turned into singing her own songs. Influenced by songwriters like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kim Richey, Rosanne Cash, and Iris Dement, Sarah did what many songwriters before her did which was move to Nashville.
Upon arriving to Nashville in her black Ford Escort with a suitcase and guitar in the back, within a week Sarah landed a job, an apartment, and performed at Bluebird’s open mic. Building upon her music roots she eventually recorded two studio albums and a live album. A song from her last album, ”Real Action with Words” was voted honorable mention winner for the Billboard Songwriting Contest. A few notable vocal contributions included those from Gwen Sebastian and Sara Beck and piano performances by Matt Rollings.
Sarah began touring and also had some radio airplay in the Northeast with her debut album. She performed at small staple listening rooms like Cambridge’s Club Passim and Nashville’s Bluebird’s Café to larger venues opening for Debbie Campbell at Summer’s Fifth Night a record crowd of over 10,000 people. Eventually Sarah also landed a Borders Books and Music tour to cities all over the Midwest including St. Louis, Kansas City, Wichita, Tulsa, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston with several performances in each city.
It might seem like an odd choice for Sarah to move back to the Tulsa area if it weren’t her roots and if Rolling Stone hadn’t named it the next Austin. That's where the prestige of the story begins to circle back into its own resolve. Currently, Sarah is creating a project that is the first of it's kind. The docualbm will bring Oklahoma history's story to life. The project is set for release in January 2021. Where will you be when the prestige is revealed? Read more about the project here.