Erin Rae

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Erin Rae first came to my attention when Margo Price was talking her up on Twitter. Upon checking her out, I was immediately reminded of was Courtney Marie Andrews. Not so much that they sound the same but that they are cut from the same cloth. Brilliant voice, lovely lyrics with the musical accompaniment and production that isn’t glossy; adding to the proceedings as opposed to getting in the way. I make it sound so simple but when someone does in such an understated way like Erin and Courtney, it is brilliant.

Putting on Airs was released via John Paul White’s Single Lock Records on June 8th and he had this to say, “When I first heard Erin’s compelling voice, I knew nothing about her. It was live, with no intro (she was opening for friends of mine), and I was instantly transfixed…” While I don’t have any of the talent that White has, I did have the same reaction. There is something enchanting about her delivery.

The album centers around Erin’s upbringing and life in Tennessee. The standout track of the album, Bad Mind, centers around Erin’s struggles with her own sexuality. Her vocals have this ethereal feel to them as the gentle tune is boosted by this hypnotic acoustic riff. It truly is top-notch songwriting from beginning to end.

Elsewhere, in the middle of the album is the nice one-two punch of Mississippi Queen, a wonderfully textured folky tune that leads into the noisy distortion of Like the First Time. There is this subtle piano riff that runs throughout the latter track, that just does enough to keep the track from going off the rails; almost as if it is tethering the guitar riff to her vocals.

Margo Price told me to listen to Erin Rae. I did and am I ever glad I took her advice. This is a diverse and wonderfully executed set of Americana.

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credit: Marcus Maddox

Erin Rae is an Americana artist with a lovely voice. She writes these classic songs that you immediately connect with. Reminds me of another Americana artist who just put out a stunning album, Courtney Marie Andrews. These ladies make it look so easy. Here’s some more info on the artist.

Rae, whose genre-fusing mix of traditional folk, indie-rock, and 1960s psych-rock production has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs, steps into the spotlight with ‘Putting On Airs’, already landing the critical attention from influential music media, including Noisey, Nashville Scene, Vulture, Rolling Stone and NPR. Rae recently appeared on World Cafe Nashville, performing tracks and chatting with Ann Powers about the major themes of the record, including mental health, personal growth and healing, and reflections on the prejudices and injustices that she witnessed as a child growing up in Tennessee in the 1990s. Discussing the forthcoming record, Powers noted that “Putting On Airs augments Rae’s natural grace with subtle strokes of Mellotron and pedal steel, recalling the dreamy folk-pop of artists like Jackson Browne or even the Carpenters.”

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