Photo by Marcus Maddox

Photo by Marcus Maddox

 

Growing up in Jackson, Tennessee, Erin Rae got an early introduction to folk music at home. Her mom and dad were both part-time musicians, playing their own brand of American roots music at churches, county fairs, and coffee shops in west Tennessee. Starting as early as five years old, she would join them for a song or two.

Two decades later, she's still spending her time onstage – this time as the main act. Erin and company released her full-length debut, Soon Enough, independently in the US in September 2015, receiving glowing support from long-time tastemakers at NPR Music, Rolling Stone, The Fader, and more. The success of her independent release in the US lead Clubhouse Records UK to pick up and release Soon Enough across the pond in June of 2016. With continued support from NPR, BBC, countless music bloggers, as well as support from Nashville notables like Margo Price, what might have been a blip on the indie radar has proven to be a career-shaping record with life left in it, even a year later.

With her first UK tour under her belt, and another single (“Playing Old Games” feat. Pete Lindberg) released to great acclaim, Erin Rae kicked off 2017 in a big way. She partnered with The Refuge Foundation for the Arts (Grammy nominee Cory Chisel and partner Adriel Denae) to record her second full-length LP. Recorded at the Refuge, a historic Franciscan monastery-turned-creative space on Wisconsin's Fox River, the record is set to be released in the summer of 2018, continuing the tradition of songwriting by Erin Rae that is deeply personal, yet universally relatable.