Nashville-based singer-songwriter, ERIN THOMAS, evokes the styles of Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones but remains a unique – and gorgeous – voice. Her new album “You Don’t Know Me” is a collection of songs that tell universal stories of life’s challenges, accomplishments, pleasures, and yearnings. It features appearances by some of the best instrumentalists in the world as well as the song “That Kind of Love”, a duet with Vince Gill.
“You Don’t Know Me” debuted in the Top 10 on US folk radio in August, charting at #8 on the Folk DJ album chart, with the title track coming in at #4 on the song chart. It has also received airplay in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Austria, and Australia, and Thomas is touring successfully throughout the US.
Although a relative newcomer to the stage as a singer-songwriter, Erin has enjoyed a decade-long career as a French horn player, performing with the Nashville and Chattanooga Symphonies, and playing numerous recording sessions with the renowned Nashville String Machine, for such artists as Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, and Carrie Underwood. Her singing career took center stage a year ago when she was forced to stop working as a horn player due to an injury. The result was a creative outpouring that has launched her on an exciting new journey.
“She’s released a debut CD that would be envy of any songwriter who’s struggled to make it in Music City.”
Butch Kara, KZGM – Cabool, MO
“(Thomas) definitely has some impressive vocal chops and a great talent for telling a story…”No Position To Give” is just a really powerful, powerful song!”
Mark Michaelis, WGDR/WGDH – Plainfield, VT
“Erin Thomas has a sweet style and a delightfully distinctive voice. She is a musician’s musician and an insightful singer-songwriter. Her artistry smoothly blends folk, country, and pop, spiced with a dash of blues, a pinch of jazz, and measure of rock, lifting her work far above the ordinary.”
Nick Noble, WICN – Worcester, MA
“How does a French Horn player with a symphony orchestra turn into an amazing singer-songwriter? That’s gotta’ be a movie. Meanwhile, all we have is this fantastic CD from Erin Thomas, a newly-born singer with a voice so impossible to describe. It’s kinda’ like a chocolate rain. And brother is her backup band the finest Nashville has to offer.”
After several years of growing acclaim on the New York Americana scene, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, MARY BRAGG, reached a peak in her early career last year when she attracted overflow crowds for a residency at NYC’s famed venue The Living Room. Her latest recording,Tattoos and Bruises, grew out of that series of shows. Produced by one of the genre’s contemporary icons, Lee Alexander (Norah Jones, Amos Lee), the album was recorded and mixed at The Coop, the studio belonging to him and his long-time collaborator, Norah Jones.
Featuring a number of her fellow musical luminaries and friends, and writing or co-writing all of the album’s songs, Bragg invited Alexander to co-write four of them, while three more of her favorite songwriters, Adam Levy, Colin McGrath, and her bassist/husband, Jimmy Sullivan, made additional co-writing contributions. The ten tracks that comprise the final album were recorded and mixed over 14 days in December 2010 at Jones’ East Village studio, with Tom Schick (Wilco, Rufus Wainwright) engineering. Backing Bragg on the album is the same accomplished band of players who regularly perform in her live shows: Jimmy Sullivan (bass); Rich Hinman, Steve Elliot and Adam Levy (guitars); Jordan Perlson and Brian Wolfe (drums); Mike Cassedy (piano, organ); and Marika Hughes (cello).
Raised as the youngest of four children in a big musical family in Swainsboro, Georgia, Bragg lived in a number of Southern musical capitals – Athens, Atlanta, and Nashville – before settling in New York in 2004. Her music is consequently a seamless hybrid of her southern Americana roots and the downtown New York singer-songwriter community of which she has become a key member.
Tattoos and Bruises follows her sophomore release, Sugar (2007), which was produced by Darius Jones, and recorded just a block away from her home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her debut album, Certain Simple Things (2004), was co-written, engineered and produced in Athens, Georgia, by Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum).
Drawing comparisons to Patty Griffin and Mindy Smith, Bragg has come to inhabit her own unique fusion of American musical forms, clearly heard and felt on Tattoos and Bruises.