Erinn Peet Lukes Releases New Single and Video, “Country Music Breaks My Heart”

American/indie-pop singer-songwriter Erinn Peet Lukes released her new single and video, “Country Music Breaks My Heart,” today!

Nashville-based Americana/indie-pop singer-songwriter Erinn Peet Lukes is set to release her new EP, EPL, on March 4, 2022. The EP was recorded in Nashville in March 2021 and produced by the songwriter and musician Rachel Baiman, who assembled a dream team of musicians and Grammy-winning engineer Sean Sullivan to bring out the best of seven songs. “I knew I wanted to work with a woman as a producer on this project,” Lukes said. “Rachel Baiman took my songs and different musical influences and knew exactly what to do.”

Erinn Peet Lukes

The songs were inspired by her love of two very distinct genres – bluegrass music which she had studied and played in the past, and pop and rock music which she grew up singing. His former tour manager once teased Lukes and said, “You can’t love Earl Scruggs and Taylor Swift at the same time!” Lukes swore to make music for those who made it, and EPL is the result, blending the genres that inspired her and emerging into the world as a new voice in Americana. “This EP is a celebration of all the music I’ve been a fan of all my life, and it was recorded with musicians I’ve long admired,” she says. “It’s a great way to celebrate 10 years as a professional musician.”

Each song on the EP has a different vibe. “Loneliness or Solitude” is inspired by Irish music and adds a modern twist. It features buzzing fiddles and a rolling banjo backed by fuzzy bass lines and huge half-time drums. “Queen” is a pop-inspired dance anthem, written for Lukes childhood hero, Britney Spears. The track features electronic sounds and background vocals reminiscent of Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo. The pop-rock apocalyptic anthem, “Piece of Land”, was inspired by Panic! At the Disco and Blink-182. His roots vocals and acoustic guitar tie it all together in a cohesive Nashville debut album.

The lead single, “Catalyst,” released in October 2021, draws inspiration from the folk-indie styles of Phoebe Bridgers and features Lukes vocals at the peak of her ability. “‘Catalyst’ was one of those special songs that popped out of my head,” she said. “I had just moved to Nashville, and it seemed like every little interaction changed my life.” Glide Magazine, which created the track and accompanying video ahead of its release, called the song “angelic and soulful…a simple, sparse, beautiful folk soundtrack that keeps some of its bluegrass roots intact.” “. Skope Magazine also praised the song, writing, “[the] gorgeous new single, ‘Catalyst’ shines. The second single, “Country Music Breaks My Heart”, was released on January 21, 2022, and the single and video premiered earlier that week at Americana UK.

Hailing from the sunny shores of Redondo Beach, California, Lukes musical journey has taken her through Seattle, New York, Denver and, finally, Nashville. When she first picked up her guitar as a teenager, pop artists like Jack Johnson, John Mayer and Michelle Branch inspired her to put her love for songwriting into song. After being accepted to the University of Washington, and Seattle, she was a regular at open mics and street performances at Pike Place Market.

While studying abroad in Italy in 2010, her roommate played her a bit of Crooked Still’s song, “New Railroad,” and a whole new world opened up. Before hearing the progressive string band, Lukes never quite knew what genre his music fell into. “I’ve always loved writing catchy hooks and structured pop songs, but never thought about instrumentation,” she said. She returned to Seattle to finish college and became obsessed with the early sound styles of Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss. “I watched a documentary called ‘Down from the Mountain’ every night that winter just to hear these artists sing together,” she said.

After graduating a year early, Lukes moved to New York and spent two years performing in subway stations and Central Park, as well as attending his first bluegrass jams. “Going to bluegrass jams was music school for me,” she said. “The bluegrass structure taught me music theory and the guitar playing style inspired me to really practice.” Over the years, his singing voice, lively songwriting, bluegrass-style flatpick guitar playing, and singable hooks have enchanted listeners in the United States and abroad.

A former member of the Seattle band visited her and convinced her to move to Colorado. In 2013, Lukes moved to Golden, CO where she started her bluegrass band, Thunder and Rain. They released Holler Out in 2014, toured Ireland in 2015, released Start Believing in 2017, toured the UK in 2019 and released their latest album, Passing in the Night, in January 2020. In 2019, the band’s bluegrass rendition of Guns n’ Roses’ classic rock hit, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, reached six million views on YouTube and gained an international fan base for Thunder and Rain.

Voice surgery sidelined Lukes in late 2019. She recovered and regained her full vocal range, just in time for the world to come to a halt due to the March 2020 pandemic. For two months, Lukes was sat alone with a healed voice and a healed heart and started writing again. “I found my voice for the first time in months and was completely on my own,” she said. “The only thing I wanted to do was write songs.” These songs would eventually become his EP titled EPL. When Thunder and Rain went on indefinite hiatus during the pandemic, Lukes decided it was time to expand her musical horizons, so in January 2021 she sold everything, packed up the remaining items and her rescue dog, Nellie Kane. , in her car, and moved to Nashville where she taped EPL shortly after arriving.

Lukes plans to tour in support of the EPL release. She’s currently making tour plans for 2022, but she’s already confirmed an EP release show at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge in Nashville on March 4. Additionally, she is scheduled to perform at FloydFest in Floyd, Virginia in July 2022. Please visit her website and social media for all confirmed tour dates.

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