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Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles Return to the UK

Posted 2 years ago by Katie

"A voice that swoons and soothes" Rolling Stone
"One of my favourite up and coming singer-songwritersMargo Price
"… a hidden gem in plain sight" Wide Open Country

The wonderful Erin Rae & The Meanwhiles will be returning to these shores for dates in June. Erin, one of Nashville's real rising stars, wowed both audiences and promoters alike last month on what was her debut UK shows. Feedback was incredible with many hailing her performances as their 'gig of the year'. It's fair to say she charmed a hell of a lot of folk! She will be playing as a trio. Soon Enough her debut album is out now.

Erin is available for radio sessions/interviews and phoners.. 

June 10th - Static Roots Festival 2017 (Oberhausen, Germany)
Info & tickets here
June 14th - Dorset Arms, East Grinstead
Info & tickets here
June 15th - Hebdon Bridge Trades Club, Hebdon Bridge 
Info & tickets here

June 16th - Seven Arts Space, Leeds

Info & tickets here
June 17th - Ents Shed, Bedford 

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June 18th - JOY Festival, Tunbridge Wells 
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June 20th - Green Note, London
Info & tickets here
June 21st - The Canteen, Bristol 
Info & tickets here

June 22nd - The Poppy & Pint, Nottingham 
Info & tickets here
June 23rd - Thimblemill Library, Birmingham 

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June 24th - The Hawth, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
Info & tickets here
June 25th - St Mary's Hall, Whitstable 
Info & tickets here

June 27th - Hug And Pint, Glasgow
Info & tickets here

June 28th - The Depot, Leith 

Info & tickets here

 June 29th - Corby
 Ex- Servicemens Club
Info & tickets here
June 30th - Maverick Festival, Suffolk
Info & tickets here

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. 

Photo credits

Styling: @electricthreadshop
Hair: @erinallisonwood
Photo: @emilybeaverphoto

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