”Her operative mood is effortless grace”-LA Weekly
“Her set had an exquisitely open airiness, rich and pastoral for being so stripped down.” –AD Amorosi, Philadelphia Inquirer
“That’s McKeown’s genius: her ability to take what is, twist it into something more relevant and maintain whatever it is about the music that makes it work. Smarter pop? Seductive commentary? Yes.” –Paste Magazine
“In several distinctive ways- voice, dynamic subtlety, and sheer songwriting ability- Erin McKeown is in a class of her own.” –Sunday Times (UK)
“Her playing is so muscular, her arrangements so well conceived that she succeeds brilliantly. As with all truly great guitarists, the wonder is less in her chops than her choices.” –Boston Globe
Erin McKeown is a musician, writer, and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Her brash and clever electric guitar playing is something to see. Her singing voice is truly unique – clear, cool, and collected. A familiar presence on NPR and the BBC, McKeown’s songs have also appeared on numerous television shows and commercials.
While a student at Brown University, Erin spent three years as an artist in residence at Providence, RI’s revolutionary community arts organization, AS220. She spent the next decade playing nearly 200 shows a year while releasing 7 studio albums and refining a distinct and challenging mix of American musical styles.
An active voice on social justice issues and culture, Erin was a 2011-12 fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and she has blogged and hosted for WNYC New York Public Radio. A former board member of the Future of Music Coalition, McKeown has also worked closely with a range of non-profits focusing on her core concerns of media justice and immigration reform.
McKeown’s first original musical, Miss You Like Hell, co-written with Tony & Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes is premiering at the world renowned La Jolla Playhouse from October 25 through December 4. Her latest album, 2013’s MANIFESTRA, is a call to civic engagement and action.
Performed with: Amos Lee, Anais Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Ben Sollee, Carrie Rodriguez, Jason Isbell, Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Mike Doughty, and The Mountain Goats.
Appeared at: Bonnaroo, Newport Folk, Glastonbury, Oxegen, Winnipeg, Strawberry. Beacon Theater, Olympia Theater, Royal Festival Hall. Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Later with Jools Holland, NPR, BBC.