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MAY ERLEWINE at Seven Steps Up

May Erlewine returns with Mother Lion, and announces October 2017 album release tour across Michigan.

“May Erlewine has the sort of soul-baring voice that moves the Alan Lomaxes of the world to abandon the ivory tower for the back roads of rural America.”
-The Harvard Independent

On​ ​October​ ​6th,​ ​May​ ​Erlewine,​ ​one​ ​of​ ​Michigan’s​ ​most​ ​beloved​ ​songwriters,​ ​will​ ​release​ ​her​ ​tenth​ ​studio album:​ ​​Mother Lion,​ ​her​ ​most​ ​vulnerable​ ​work​ ​yet.

The​ ​album’s​ ​release​ ​will​ ​be​ ​limited​ ​to​ ​Erlewine’s​ ​home​ ​state​ ​of​ ​Michigan​ ​for​ ​one​ ​month​ ​(a​ ​national digital​ ​release​ ​is​ ​slated​ ​for​ ​November​ ​1st),​ ​giving​ ​her​ ​longtime,​ ​home-base​ ​supporters​ ​the​ ​first​ ​listen.​ ​The Michigan​ ​release​ ​will​ ​kick​ ​off​ ​with​ ​a​ ​seven-date​ ​concert​ ​tour​ ​around​ ​the​ ​state,​ ​where​ ​the​ ​new​ ​music​ ​will be​ ​highlighted​ ​at​ ​intimate,​ ​listening-room​ ​style​ ​shows​ ​in​ ​the​ ​following​ ​locations:

10/6​ ​The​ ​Bay​ ​Theatre,​ ​Suttons​ ​Bay
10/7​ ​St.​ ​Cecilia​ ​Music​ ​Center,​ ​Grand​ ​Rapids
10/13​ ​20​ ​Front​ ​Street,​ ​Lake​ ​Orion
10/14​ ​Bell’s​ ​Brewery,​ ​Kalamazoo
10/19​ ​7​ ​Steps​ ​Up,​ ​Spring​ ​Lake
10/20​ ​Ten​ ​Pound​ ​Fiddle,​ ​East​ ​Lansing
10/21​ ​The​ ​Ark,​ ​Ann​ ​Arbor

Erlewine​ ​will​ ​be​ ​backed​ ​at​ ​these​ ​shows​ ​by​ ​a​ ​talented​ ​cast​ ​of​​ ​friends​ ​and​ ​collaborators,​ ​including​ ​Julian Allen​ ​on​ ​drums,​ ​Tyler​ ​Duncan​ ​on​ ​keyboards​ ​and​ ​synth,​ ​Max​ ​Lockwood​ ​on​ ​bass,​ ​Anand​ ​Nayak​ ​on​ ​guitar and​ ​Katie​ ​Van​ ​Dusen​ ​on​ ​violin​.

Erlewine​ ​describes​ Mother Lion ​as​ ​“an​ ​album​ ​born​ ​from​ ​deep​ ​change.”​ ​The​ ​artist’s​ ​voice​ ​​—​​ ​warm, familiar,​ ​effortless​ ​​—​​ ​is​ ​a​ ​beguiling​ ​vehicle​ ​for​ ​potent​ ​songwriting​ ​exploring​ ​the​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​grief​ ​and gratitude;​ ​it​ ​is​ ​music​ ​that​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​reveal​ ​more​ ​layers​ ​with​ ​each​ ​listen.​ ​This​ ​deeply​ ​personal​ ​project was​ ​supported,​ ​in​ ​part,​ ​by​ ​a​ ​remarkable​ ​Kickstarter​ ​campaign​ ​that​ ​raised​ ​nearly​ ​$40,000​ ​in​ ​just​ ​a​ ​few weeks​ ​​—​​ ​a​ ​testament​ ​to​ ​Erlewine’s​ ​reach​ ​and​ ​her​ ​fans’​ ​belief​ ​in​ ​her​ ​work.

May​ ​Erlewine​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​staple​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Midwest​ ​music​ ​community​ ​for​ ​nearly​ ​two​ ​decades.​ ​She​ ​has performed​ ​on​ ​​A Prairie Home Companion,​ ​and​ ​her​ ​work​ ​has​ ​been​ ​spotlighted​ ​by​ ​​Rolling Stone and NBC’s​ ​​The Voice.​ ​Her​ ​gift​ ​for​ ​writing​ ​rich,​ ​uplifting​ ​songs​ ​that​ ​feel​ ​at​ ​once​ ​fresh​ ​and​ ​familiar​ ​has​ ​earned her​ ​a​ ​broad,​ ​devoted​ ​fan-base​ ​well​ ​beyond​ ​her​ ​deep-set​ ​roots​ ​in​ ​Michigan.​ ​She​ ​considers​ ​her​ ​career​ ​to​ ​be a​ ​service-oriented​ ​one,​ ​and​ ​she​ ​strives​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​voice​ ​during​ ​times​ ​of​ ​struggle.​ ​The​ ​radical​ ​vulnerability found on Mother Lion is ultimately a continuation of that calling.

“We had heard of May Erlewine long before we met her. We had heard Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys perform “River Jordan” and thought it was a fantastic song. But we were not prepared for her live show and it turned us into HUGE fans and now groupies.” says venue co-owner, Gary Hanks.

WHERE: Seven Steps Up Live Music & Event Venue116 S. Jackson, Spring Lake, Mi.
WHEN: Thursday, October 19 @ 7:30pm
COST: $25 Reserved Seats. $35 Reserved Table Seats.