Singer-songwriter Erin Rae has announced that she will tour the UK and Europe this summer.
Rae will be supporting Hiss Golden Messenger at shows in London and Manchester as well as playing solo around the country, including Leeds, Brighton, Bristol and Glasgow. She’ll also appear at End Of The Road and The Long Road festivals. Following the tour, she’ll return to the US, supporting Jenny Lewis, Iron & Wine and Michael Nau throughout the autumn.
Rae says: “All of these artists are musicians I truly admire and have listened to for years. I just am thrilled to get the opportunity to join them and meet their audiences.”
Rae’s UK tour is in support of her latest album Putting On Airs, which was released in June on Single Lock Records and combines indie rock, folk and psychedelia. It was recorded at The Refuge, a former Franciscan monastery in Appleton, Wisconsin, and produced by engineer Dan Knobler and multi-instrumentalist Jerry Bernhardt. Rae wrote all 12 tracks on the album, which has received critical acclaim from Uncut Magazine, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Independent.
To mark the tour announcement, Rae has also released a new acoustic video for her song The Real Thing. The clip was filmed at the LR Baggs Soundcheck Office in Nashville during the 2017 Americana Festival.
Rae says of the song: “The Real Thing is about our responses to our environment. In years of therapy and recovery of different kinds – not to mention growing up in a sober household with parents that each spent some time working in a drug and alcohol treatment setting – I’ve learned a lot about how who we become as adult is shaped in response to our home environment and what our parents were like. While on a run one day, I was looking at these beautiful tall trees, and observed how they were all reaching around each other to get their own spot in the sun. It reminded me of how so much of my personality has developed to try and get my human needs met. I read an interview with Gene Wilder a while back, where he recounted how his mother was sick most of his life. He talked about a pivotal moment in his life, when his mother’s doctor told him that he had to make her smile to keep her well. It’s fascinating that his immense talents arose out of a need to keep his mother alive and stay connected to her. Most of us aren’t told explicitly that if we behave a certain way, we will get something we need from our parents or teachers, but as little children we learn what works to get a certain response, which carries over into adulthood. I’m really goofy to this day because I grew up loving to make my sister laugh.”
Erin Rae started her career as a backing vocalist in Nashville for artists including Margo Price, Andrew Combs and Anderson East, but rapidly built a reputation for her lush vocals and deeply personal songwriting. She formed her band The Meanwhiles in 2012 and they released their first album Soon Enough in 2015, which was recorded in just two days. Rae also recently made her debut at the legendary Ryman Auditorium, performing twice in two days alongside Price and Hiss Golden Messenger.
See Erin Rae on tour in the UK this August and September:
Sunday 26 August – This Must Be The Place, Leeds
Monday 27 August – The Deaf Institute, Manchester (with Hiss Golden Messenger)
Tuesday 28 August – The Kitchen Garden, Birmingham
Wednesday 29 August – Islington Assembly Hall, London (with Hiss Golden Messenger)
Thursday 30 August – The Slaughtered Lamb, London
Sunday 2 September – End of the Road Festival, Dorset
Tuesday 4 September – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Wednesday 5 September – The Louisiana, Bristol
Thursday 6 September – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Saturday 8 September – The Long Road Festival, Loughborough