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Erin Rae Talks Exploring New Sounds On 'Putting On Airs' & Working With John Paul White | Newport Folk 2019
Tennessee native Erin Rae has been on a roll lately and is grateful for it all. The catalyst seems to have come from, at least in part, her latest album, 2018's Putting On Airs, with she recorded with a small team in a remote monetary-turned-creative-workspace in Wisconsin.
Reflecting on the collaborative process, she reveals it has helped her hear sounds differently, saying, "For me, it was a jumping off point into this new creative realm."
The album was released on Florence, Ala.-based indie label, Single Lock Records, which Rae was signed to earlier that year. GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter John Paul White, who runs the company, met Rae at a show in Florence, which she was opening for now-labelmate The Kernal.
From the "surreal" moment of connecting and working with White to playing her first-ever Newport Folk about a year later, the Recording Academy caught up with the powerful vocalist/lyrist at the festival to hear about it firsthand.
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@lauraepartain continues to amaze me as we grow. She is incredible and her dedication to her craft inspires me to no end. This is from our session with @amazonmusic & Matt Ross-Spang. Link is in the bio to hear our version of “Last Thing On My Mind” by Tom Paxton. Today I play the Museum Stage for @ritahoustonwfuv and her show The Future Is Female here at Newport Folk Festival. Pinch me. 4:00
"It's my first Newport and I've been having the best time. It's special for so many reasons," Rae said, smiling. Check out the rest of Rae's Newport Folk Festival interview above.