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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 (All Songs Considered + year’s end “Songs We Love” list), 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 2016. With continued support from NPR, BBC, countless music bloggers, and support from fellows in the Nashville community like Margo Price, what might have been a blip on the indie radar has proved 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 released last fall (Playing Old Games feat. Pete Lindberg), Erin Rae is kicking off 2017 in a big way. She recently partnered with The Refuge Foundation for the Arts in Appleton, Wisconsin (Cory Chisel + Adriel Denae), to make her second full-length LP. Recorded at the Refuge, a beautiful, historic Franciscan monastery-turned-creative space on Wisconsin’s Fox River, the record is set to be released in early 2018, continuing the tradition of songwriting by Erin Rae that is deeply personal, and universally relatable.

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MUSIC


PRESS

THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION: "Our first favorite record of 2018." (11 Artists We're Excited To See At AmericanaFest 2017)

ROLLING STONE: Watch Joshua Hedley, Erin Rae's Delicate Guy Clark Cover

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 LINE OF BEST FIT: Erin Rae continues her upwards trajectory on country jewel “Wild Blue Wind”

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

LOST RIVER SESSIONS (WKU PBS): "Simply put, Erin Rae may have the purest voice in all of music."

ROLLING STONE: "With a voice that swoons and soothes, Erin Rae makes smooth-edged music for Sunday afternoons."

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: "Erin Rae's voice will cure your allergies" - Ann Powers, NPR

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."

DIFFUSER.FM: "With subtly complex music and beautiful vocals, Rae paints an inspiring picture..."

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."

LOCKELAND SPRINGSTEEN: Erin Rae McKaskle’s Five Nashville Changes For the 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."



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CONTACT

Booking: booking@erinraemusic.com

Management: Patrick Sullivan, patrick@runrunbebop.com

Press: Doug Hall, doug@ddigitalpr.co.uk

Performing Rights Organization: Good Memory (SESAC)

Publishing: Downtown Music Publishing - Danny Berrios, licensing@dmpgroup.com