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Feb 16 , 2019 • Evening Muse
Pricing:$11.19 in advance - All Ages (Valid ID Required) - $2 Under 21 Surcharge at Door
When Erin Enderlin writes a song, more is born than melody and rhyme. Women and men leap from her music, as fully formed and real as we are, all blood and sweat, living, loving, killing, and dying.
“I love story songs,” Enderlin says from her home in Nashville. “It’s amazing to me how in just three minutes, you can create a whole character who wasn’t there before that you can really see and even understand.”
Enderlin has taken that love of story songs and upped the ante: her new album Whiskeytown Crier puts all the sad souls she’s grown so fond of singing and writing about in the same small, fictional city––Whiskeytown. She explains that the second half of the title is a nod to “a newspaper and the old town criers that used to deliver the news.” Over forlorn steel and haunting fiddle, the town’s secrets are exposed, sometimes with a sense of foreboding that nods to the Louvin Brothers, other times with an empathetic sadness that recalls Reba singing “Fancy.”
With the exception of half of one duet, all of the perspectives offered on Whiskeytown Crier are female. The result is unprecedented: a concept album devoted to women’s experiences in small town, America––and an inspired musical echo of William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County.
“He’s one of my favorite writers,” Enderlin says of Faulkner. “As I Lay Dying blew my mind because that was the first book I read that changed characters from chapter to chapter. At first you don’t realize it––Faulkner doesn’t say, ‘Okay, now it’s going to be someone new talking.’ He just does it. And it was so amazing to me that just by using different words, he could make you see so clearly through the eyes of a different person.”
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