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

Nathan Conrad// Nashville, TN

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I heard of Nathan before I knew who he was. He’s had a shoe-gazey hip-hop project for a number of years called Spoken Nerd based out of Nashville, TN. Nathan has had a great influence and impact in the hip-hop and indie music community here in Nashville and is an all around great guy. I first met him a couple years ago when he became roommates with Ian Lincoln, who I was starting to play music with and befriend at the time. I was intimidated by Nathan for so long, because he’s HILARIOUS, and I wanted him to think I was funny, too, but that made me think too much so I hardly talked the first few times I was around him.

This past winter, I caught wind of Nathan and Ian planning a month-long tour for May of this year, and since I sing with Ian in the project Beards, I asked Nathan if I could tag along. He said I could if I learned his songs and performed with Spoken Nerd as well, so I did just that! Not only is Nathan one of the greatest entertainers/ performers/ comedians I’ve had the pleasure to know, but he is SO generous with the knowledge he’s acquired in his years of making great music. I was able to learn so much about touring as an independent artist, and meet a ton of wonderful people, and see more of the country than i’d ever seen. I was able to ride along with out the stress of planning the whole thing, and just watch and learn from him and other musicians we met, and learn a lot about myself and how I want to proceed with my own music career. It was definitely a shifting point for me in perspective and of course an eye-opening experience. Every time I get to travel somewhere new there’s the opportunity to learn and grow- and for this most recent experience I am SO grateful to Nathan for having me along.

Check out Nathan’s work here.  

Here’s a little take-away show Ian shot for us while we were in Pittsburg, PA!