Erin Rae & The Meanwhiles are back in the UK for a run of shows, performing in a trio, that will culminate in a slot at the prestigious Maverick Festival on June 30th. The dates also include a show at Green Note in London. Erin has a single 'Like The First Time' available now which is the title track from her eagerly awaited new album. Much more about Erin Rae including the new single and those tour dates follows:
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. As the leader of Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles, she walks the line between old-school folk and modern Americana, creating a sound that nods to her influences while pushing ahead toward something new. It's music that breathes, filled with pedal steel, vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, bright bursts of melody and plenty of space. It's also music that's taken her halfway across the world, with Erin playing shows everywhere from Nashville (her adopted hometown) to Switzerland.
Erin and company recorded their full-length debut, Soon Enough, during an inspired two days in west Nashville. The group played live, tracking their parts together to capture the spirit of their concerts. There was no studio wizardry, no click track, no digital enhancement. Instead, the album — which Erin co-produced with Michael Rinne, Rodney Crowell's touring bassist — serves as a gorgeous, no-frills Polaroid of Erin Rae and Meanwhiles' sound, a sound they've been sharpening ever since the release of the Crazy Talk EP in 2010
During the five years that separate CrazyTalk from Soon Enough, a lot of life was lived. Erin's songs tackle all of it: the changes, challenges and celebrations that come with a life dedicated to art. There are songs that deal with mental illness. Songs that deal with the importance of staying present. Songs inspired by childhood, adulthood and all the lovers and co-conspirators you meet in between.
The present wouldn't be possible without the past. Released in September 2016, Soon Enough bridges the gap between the two, taking its inspiration from both places. This is new music for old souls.
June UK Tour Dates
June 14th - Dorset Arms, East Grinstead
June 15th - Hebdon Bridge Trades Club, Hebdon Bridge
June 16th - Seven Arts Space, Leeds
June 17th - Ents Shed, Bedford
June 18th - JOY Festival, Tunbridge Wells
June 20th - Green Note, London
June 21st - The Canteen, Bristol
June 22nd - The Poppy & Pint, Nottingham
June 23rd - Thimblemill Library, Birmingham
June 24th - The Forge, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
June 25th - St Mary's Hall, Whitstable
June 27th - Hug And Pint, Glasgow
June 28th - The Leith Depot, Leith
June 29th - The Ex, Corby
June 30th - Maverick Festival, Suffolk