ABOUT ERIN RAE
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.
THIRD MAN RECORDS: "(Joshua) Hedley and (Erin) Rae, both top respected voices in the Nashville local country scene, have never been more in their elements: trad country crooning, tight harmonies, and the most lonesome set of songs Third Man recording equipment has ever captured."
THE 405 (UK): "Some musicians have sound that is easy to pin down, able to be neatly compartmentalized and defined. Erin Rae is not one of those musicians. Hailing from Nashville but recording in Wisconsin, drawing from country but infusing with 60s psych, Rae is capable of drawing genres and ideas that are seemingly at odds with one another into something quite remarkable. Her 2015 debut, Soon Enough, gave a delightful preview of this ability, but her newest single, 'Like The First Time,' might be her finest work yet."
GOD IS IN THE TV (UK): "Those familiar country music staples of loss and yearning may well permeate Wild Blue Wind – beautifully accentuated by a suitably plaintive musical arrangement – but it is the purity of Erin Rae’s voice and the dignity she invests in the song’s sentiments that raises it way above and beyond the everyday."
GOLDFLAKEPAINT (UK): "A singer-songwriter whose smoothly lilting vocals do to the retro fuzz of a pedal-steel guitar what Feist does to fresh licks of percussion, creating some enchanting combination that stirs inside you the twangs of sorrow and joy."
WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO: Appleton Artists Find Creative Sanctuary In Former Monastery
AMERICAN SONGWRITER: "(Erin) Rae’s voice is so expressive and alluring, and these tunes so well constructed that the album feels like a multi-angled portrait showing different sides of an artist who has found her sound and digs into it."
THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION: "Erin Rae has one of those languid, honey-soaked voices that feels much older than its years and wouldn't feel at all out of place among the ladies of Laurel Canyon, if she hadn't been born 40 years too late."
NO COUNTRY FOR NEW NASHVILLE: "The inspiring first single showcases Rae’s smooth, haunting tone and her impressive ability to express immense emotion with just a few hums and strums of the guitar. “Soon Enough” cements Rae’s position as a solo artist ready to step out of the background and into the spotlight for good."
THE BITTER SOUTHERNER: "Rae also pulls off the remarkable trick of using country themes and instrumentation to create music that doesn’t fit comfortably into any category, and we’ve always got a soft spot for artists who can rise above the limits of a particular genre."
Photos by Marcus Maddox
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