Switzerland!

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Hope you like pictures!
There are pleeenty more where these came from. I mean, hundreds. A bit overkill. Maybe. 

I just haven’t been able to get enough of this beautiful country. I landed in Switzerland on the 18th of September, met by my wonderful, generous host Jean-Luc Berkovits. If you’re wondering at all how this trip was made possible, it is because of this guy, and his investment in music. I met Jean-Luc in Nashville almost two years ago now while he was studying with Brett Manning to become a vocal coach. Now, he has been back and in business at JLBStudios here in Tannay, Switzerland guiding folks of all ages to more knowledge about their own voices, as well as organizing a show series called “Nashville Nights”. 

Annalisa Nutt (Arkansas, soon to move to Nashville) and I were the lucky ones for the 2nd of what will hopefully be many more “Nashville Nights” and have had a truly wonderful time here, complete with a boat trip over to Ivory, France, a day in The Alps, several pink sunsets, and lots of bread, cheese, and chocolate. I leave tomorrow to return to Nashville, and I cannot believe 12 days have passed so quickly. 

Special thanks to Ben at La Parenthese in Nyon, Switzerland, Dawid at Bleu Lezard in Lusanne, and Clare and Sebastian at Cafe Nemo in Geneva. These are wonderful, wonderful people, passionate about investing in music and providing great venues and lovely, lovely hospitality. 

Still to come will be the release of some neat covers we filmed in the mountains here for Jean-Luc’s Youtube channel. Annalisa covered “Delicate” by Damien Rice, and we covered “Fake Empire” by The National. Mei Fa Tan was our talented filmmaker, and I cannot wait to see what she did with the beautiful scenery and her camera. Those are to be released before the end of the year. 

Also, I’ll be adding a tab strictly for tour dates to the site now, where you can find all the information for my upcoming tour with Courtney Marie Andrews (Seattle), beginning at The Stone Fox in Nashville on October 8th. 

Looking forward to developing all these film rolls I’ve filled on this trip.. hopefully some turn out and are worthy of sharing=]

xox

Erin Rae

Eratosthenes Fackenthall //Seattle, WA

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So, I first had the pleasure of meeting Eratosthenes, or Tos as we call him, in October of last year. I went up to Seattle for the CD release show for my friends Lower Lights Burning at Columbia City Theatre (love that space) and spent the weekend tagging along for all of their festivities. On Sunday of that weekend, Graydon and Amanda took me to Ballard, where theres a cool open mic at Conor Byrne Pub. Tos met us there and we walked down to the water and filmed my first “Ballard Session”.

The first thing you’ll notice about Tos is his wonderful hair. Never have i known a man with such a voluminous mane of hair, and I’m willing to bet you haven’t either. Its amazing. BUT. Thats not why we’re here. What you’ll soon learn after any interaction with him, is that he is such a sweet, open spirit. He creates these beautiful videos that capture artists in their element, and he does them so so well. I recently had the pleasure of hosting Tos here in Nashville during one of the hottest and most humid weeks in Tennessee history, which he was SUCH a trooper about. I filled our days trying to fit in as much Nashville stuff as possible, Historic Franklin, Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor, Puckett’s Grocery, The Full Moon Pickin’ Party, as well as all the trespassing we did to film “Ballard Sessions” with as many people as we could fit in. He went along for it all, and I am so grateful for the conversations we had and the adventures we went on.

Tos, your art is a beautiful gift, and I’m so grateful for you, and to get to share what you do with everyone I know. Thank you for the gift of you! Love you!

Here are a couple of examples of The Ballard Sessions. Enjoy=]

Amanda Sue Winterhalter// Seattle, WA

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Oh you guys. So previously I introduced you to Graydon Holden, a great friend/musician from Shelton, WA. This lovely lady, Amanda Sue Winterhalter, is the other member of Lower Lights Burning that I’ve come to know and call my friend. I don’t know what is in the water out there in the Pacific Northwest, but I have met some of the sweetest, giving-est, talented-est people i’ve ever known in the great state of Washington. Por Ejemplo, I had only spent less than 24 hours with Amanda and a group of friends, and she opened up her home to me a few months later, and then again just last week! I could go on and on about the loyalty Amanda has for her friends, but that list would go on forever, and that’s only part of what I want y’all to see. I met her because she was singing harmony and playing keys and accordion  and THEN. I had the pleasure of hearing one of her own songs the next day, and she’s so talented. Her lyrics and voice and melodies are so pure and sweet, and speak of the human experience, especially in this song. I just want everyone to hear it. I am so lucky to have this lady as my good friend, and cannot wait to see what develops in her solo career.

Love you, Amanda Sue!

Thank you for the gift of you!