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.