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Erica Smith

by Erica Smith

Sparkling singing, timeless songs: A classic folk album like those made during the heyday of the Greenwich Village scene.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Snows They Melt the Soonest
2:54 $0.99
2. Driftless
2:22 $0.99
3. Fine Horseman
4:38 $0.99
4. Come Around
2:12 $0.99
5. No More, My Lord
3:22 $0.99
6. Now Westlin Winds
5:07 $0.99
7. Love You All the Way
2:32 $0.99
8. By the Mark
3:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
Welcome to Erica Smith's debut studio album. On it she sings traditional songs, songs by her favorite songwriters (Greg Brown, Robert Burns, Rebecca Hall, Lal Waterson, Gillian Welch), and one mellow blues she wrote herself. With shimmering vocals and spare, graceful arrangements, Erica's album reminds many people of their favorite albums from the folk revival of the nineteen-fifties and sixties.

Guests on this album include bluegrass virtuoso Orrin Star, alt folk-country songstress Rebecca Hall together with Ken Anderson, classical violinist Rachael Birkin, and Alison Kelley of the Johnson Girls and The NexTradition. Alison Kelley takes the lead on track 5, the gospel-blues song "No More, My Lord."

In late 2002 Erica released a follow-up album, FRIEND OR FOE, featuring a crop of self-written pop, soul, and twang tunes alongside the traditional songs for which Erica is best known.



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Sing Out!

New York singer and guitarist Erica Smith's first release is honest and intimate, an understated homage to the traditional folksongs and contemporary songwriters she loves. The sound is spare and effective, just Smith's voice and guitar with an occasional backing vocal or instrumental line, creating a bittersweet, reflective mood. A promising debut.

Michael Lynch

God Bless (Am)Erica
. . . Two of the stars of the Erica Smith show: One, her beautiful rich clear voice, which evokes thoughts of Joan Baez and Judy Collins, with a side order of Sandy Denny. Two, Erica's penchant for digging into the traditional songbook and presenting them to us like a world weary traveler displaying precious souvenirs acquired on a long journey.


The only other artist/band I've ever heard singing/playing "The Snows The Melt The Soonest" was an Irish group called Horslips (1970 - 1980). It's a lovely song and Erica does a lovely job on it. This CD really sneaks up on you. Be warned!

Time Out London

Deeply moving, expressively intimate songs.

Ted Zura

Erica's vocals demand your hear and capture your heart.
Erica Smith's self-titled album quenches the most needy soul. Her songs require your full attention but provoke it at the same time leaving you no choice but to tune in and float away. The lyrics she covers are heavy; her melodies are light and tangy. Appropriately reminiscent of Greg Brown; her cover of the two-minute Going Driftless leaves me breathless, craving for more. Her harmonies are sublime and she covers a variety of genres like each is her own. Excellent purchase, I look forward to the next and wish this one ran over thirty minutes.


The Perfect Voice
I enjoyed Erica's first short album, when I bought it to help 911 survivors. What I appreciate so much about Erica is her perfect voice. She sounds fabulous acoustic and acapello. Thank goodness she shares this talent in her albums - bravo! Also, she's a fine songwriter and I would appreciate hearing more songs she has written. Either way, she does any song optimum justice, thank you Erica!

Erik Vandoolaeghe

Nice feeling
Sensitive modern folk based on the sixties. Wonderful voice.
Your CD collection needs this one!!!


Soaring Vocals to Make Your Spirit Soar!
With a voice as pure and big and beautiful as the blue sky above, Erica Smith will make your heart soar to new heights on this album. The instrumentation is kept to a minimum, and that's a good thing as you get to hear her gorgeous vocals that much better. This album can be described quite simply as PURE BEAUTY.

Lee Armstrong

Coffeehouse Folk
Erica Smith's debut CD from 2001 is a folk music gem that hearkens back to the folk era of the early 1960s when Bob Dylan, Eric Von Schmidt & Peter, Paul & Mary did gigs at coffeehouses. Although other musicians guest on the disc, it is predominately Erica's guitar and unadorned voice singing songs in a traditional folk style. She sings Greg Brown's "Driftless" with a forlorn wistfulness that brings out the beauty of the simple melody and lovely lyric, "Let us cry all of our tears, cry them all out now; Let them flow down & clean all the rivers; And the evening sky is the reason why I'm going driftless." Rebecca Hall's "Come Around" sparkles with Smith's tender touch. "No More, My Lord" is a gospel tune with Alison Kelley on harmonies in a vocal rendering of spiritual dedication to doing the will of God. Erica wrote "Love You All the Way," a sweet melody & lyric that articulates romantic devotion. The CD concludes with Gillian Welch & David Rawling's "By the Mark." With only eight tracks, this independent recording is short & sweet. It is well worth exploring for fans of the traditional folk sound. Enjoy!