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SouthBound: Singer Erin Rae On Songs As Therapy And Redefining The Nashville Sound

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Erin Rae is a singer out of Nashville who you’re going to be hearing a lot more about. She signed a record deal with Single Lock Records, the label co-founded by John Paul White, formerly of the Civil Wars. Erin Rae’s songs remind me of those Civil Wars songs – her music is quiet and intimate, trying to make sense of conflicted feelings. 

Her new record, “Putting On Airs,” explores, among other things, her struggles with being open about her sexuality. We talk about a little bit of everything, literally from A to Z – in this case, Alabama to ZZ Top. Plus, at the end, she performs a song that’s very special to her. It's my favorite SouthBound moment so far.

Let's keep the conversation going. Send a tweet to @tommytomlinson or @wfae, and use the hashtag #WFAESouthBound. You can also email me at tomlinsonwrites@gmail.com.

Show Notes:

Music in this episode:

  • Wild Blue Wind - Erin Rae
  • Grand Scheme - Erin Rae
  • Nashville Pickin' - Doc Watson
  • Satellite Dish - Erin Rae (live in studio)
  • Wild Blue Wind - Erin Rae

Where to Listen:

New episodes of SouthBound will come out every other week on Wednesday. Subscribe:
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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our producer is Nick de la Canal. Our web manager is Jennifer Lang. Our audience engagement producer is Joni Deutsch, and our theme music comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.