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Saturday, March 19 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Erin McLaughlin

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Im Erin McLaughlin, I sing and write songs and I live in Southern California. Sometimes I feel like Ive lived at least two lives, I say that mostly because of the experiences Ive had. I used to travel a lot, and by that I mean, after high school I moved out of my folks and never stayed in one place for more than a few months for nearly 6 years. I got to see a lot of the world, which was nice. Along the way I would play other peoples guitars and sing other peoples songs because thats what you do when youre a gypsy. Finally I moved home to go to school. I bought my own guitar at that point and wrote a couple of songs. But then, in 2007 my little brother died. He was 16. He took his own life. Its not enough to say that I was ruined. I've had to rebuild so much of my world, the views I held and the things I've wanted for my life. Music helped me process a lot of that information. Naturally, I wrote more songs. Some of them are sad. Some are not as. My friends helped me make an EP- it's called Something Like a Miracle. Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek/ Fiction Family) played the guitar. I also got the rest of Fiction Familys rhythm section to play on it. It sounds pretty good. I'm writing new songs now too. Benmont Tench said my new stuff sounds the best. I was encouraged by that, that's why I mention it. I play shows, and I thrive on the energy exchanged between myself and the listener. In San Diego I play at Lestats and sometimes the HOB. In LA I play at the Hotel Cafe, where recently I opened for the Secret Sisters- those girls are some real sweethearts. In March I get to play SXSW for the first time. I just can't tell you how excited that makes me. One day Id like to go on the road with Ryan Adams, maybe have him sing harmony on a song and share a mic. What a thrill that would be. People seem to get attached to me when I play live. They believe in me I think. I take it as a compliment. Im not a big deal. But I'm not sayin I wouldn't like to be. I really just want to tour and make great records, have a date at the Opry and have my songs played on NPR all the time. I don't think that's too tall an order. Just a little honesty, a little of who I am, what I do and what I would like to be doing at some point. I quit college for now because I actually was good at it. But the late nights in Hollywood were starting to wear on my honors Philosophy grade. I guess Id rather do one thing well than many things in mediocrity. So its music. And maybe one day when Im on the road (with Ryan Adams) my life- apart from my perspective- wont look so very different than it used to. Thanks for reading. E
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Erin McLaughlin

Hello all, I’m Erin McLaughlin and I am thrilled to be returning to SXSW this year for round two of all the action, the glory and of course, the music. If you didn’t meet me last year, we need to catch you up. I am a singer/ songwriter from southern California. I spent the first... Read More →



Saturday March 19, 2011 7:00pm - 8:00pm
St David's Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St

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