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My Little Crime

by Erika Luckett

Awarded Best Independent Release of the Year by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Funk, Folk, Blues & Latin...Intelligent music that reaches the heart.
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Houdini's Arms
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2. Like You Mean It
3:30 $0.99
3. Room 213
4:36 $0.99
4. Bésame
4:07 $0.99
5. Lulu
5:16 $0.99
6. Barbed Wire
4:20 $0.99
7. Can't Keep a Woman
4:24 $0.99
8. Postcard From Graceland
4:54 $0.99
9. Danielle
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10. Tumbling In
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11. Lunacy
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12. Fatherless Father
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Album Notes
"To be blessed with prolific songwriting skills and a captivating voice is one thing. But to absolutely master an instrument on top of that is indeed an enormous accomplishment. Meet Erika Luckett." - (Performing Songwriter)

Erika's latest release, "My Little Crime" released on BirdFish Records in collaboration with Indiegrrl Records brings together a stellar group of accomplices. Co-produced by Erika and Ethan Allen (Better Than Ezra, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Luscious Jackson), engineered by Grammy award winning Jim Watts (Emmylou Harris) and loaded with talented side players including keyboardist/vocalist Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco band), Mark Mullins on trombone (Harry Connick Jr. band), Ches Smith on drums (Mr. Bungle), Devin Hoff on Bass (Lavay Smith) and Jami Sieber on cello (Ferron, Rhiannon).

Standing at the musical intersection of Folk, Funk, Latin and Jazz, Erika is an innovative and masterful singer/songwriter. With dazzling guitar work, smoky vocals and songs with melodies that pull you in and lyrics that hold you there, she's an artist whose depth and skill has mesmerized audiences across the country.

Born in Mexico, raised in Brazil and Venezuela, as a teen Erika busked in the streets of Paris. She later lived in Boston and graduated from the Berklee School of Music. With a degree in her back pocket, she embarked on a composition whirlwind writing music for film, multimedia and musical theater. An Academy Award nomination (Untold Stories,) an Emmy award (From Danger to Dignity) and a Newsweek magazine "Pick of the Year" (Stellaluna) followed as a result of her efforts and collaborations. She co-founded the world fusion ensemble, Wild Mango, and toured nationally and internationally playing at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Barbados Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival among others.

When she stepped out as a singer/songwriter in 2000 and released her first solo CD, "Tinted Glass," she won the Northern California Songwriter Association's "Song of the Year" award. That album was also listed as one of the top ten best albums of the year by Susanne Millsaps on KRCL and was recently nominated for Best Album in the Jazz/cabaret category by the Just Plain Folks awards.

"Her guitar literally sounds like at least two guitars, and her voice sounds like two voices, dropping and salvaging octaves." - (Music Connection)

"A beautiful record, for music fans looking for something with a lot more depth than what you get on today's commercial playlists." - (Douglas Dick , WIUJ Radio. Virgin Islands)

"Imagine sitting in a living room jamming with Phoebe Snow and Carole King, and then Annie Lennox comes over and you all sing "Stoned Soul Picnic." That's about what Erika's voice sounds like. Then Ani DiFranco and the ghost of John Coltrane come over with a bottle of tequila and get Al Kooper to take a turn at the organ, and you've got Luckett's music." - (Colorado Springs Independent)

"With 'My Little Crime', Erika Luckett takes her richly diverse influences-- from Brazilian music to touches of jazz to sensual, highly visual poetry--and pares them down to the elegant essentials. With words of grace and acoustic melodies which linger, the album shows why passion is best expressed in a whisper; and how subtlety in songwriting holds the most lasting interest. These songs stay with you as sweetly as the smoke of a bedside candle." - (Eric Alan - Music Director, Jefferson Public Radio)

"With gorgeous production, a wide range of instruments and styles, and a voice that wraps around you like melted butterscotch, "My Little Crime" is a great album that showcases Erika's influences and abilities in an infectious CD you'll find hard to take out of your CD player. Listening to Erika's music is like drinking a smokey bourbon on a summer night filled with thunder and lightning -- rich, smooth, but with lots of surprises." - (Susanne Millsaps, KRCL)



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Best of Two Worlds
Since Erika Luckett is the one who goes beyond boundaries, it is natural for her to employ various techniques and styles. After her beautiful and sometimes poignant debut album, she displays this time double folded approach to make things even more intriguing. On one hand, this is a work of careful production that makes it probably her most accessible work till this day; she shows such mastery of styles, we are left and drunk in a kaleidoscopic space of musical seduction. Yet, on the other hand, her unique combination of deep passion and cool intelligence, strength and sometimes painfully honest sensitivity penetrate the smoothly engineered soundscape and transform each style she chose into something only she can create and play. This unique complexity gives this album such overwhelming charm, many of us fall to her immediately. And the best thing is, her honest, authentic being is full of mystery by its own right that we can’t possibly go through in our limited life time. How can it possibly better?

Rachel Yoder

...I wish I could live me life the way she plays the guitar...
I had the opportunity to hear Erika perform live at the Mad Linguist in Prescott, AZ. With about 15 people in atttendance that night, the intimate setting was the perfect showcase for her dazzling performace. She is incredible, a guitar guru, not to mention a breathtakingly beautiful woman, performer, and person. Her music is profound and liberating; I wish I could live my life the way that she plays the guitar: winged inspiration with no boundaries, fingers dancing across steel, faint smile tickling the lips. An unforgettable performance and musician. Thank you, Erika, for sharing your music with the world.

Hugh Lovell

A rich collection of songs
"My Little Crime" clearly shows Erika's growth in confidence and artistic skill as a solo artist. If you bought Erika's previous CD, "Tinted Glass," and are expecting more of the same, or if you've only heard these songs in performance with just voice and guitar, then get ready for a surprise.

In "My Little Crime," the songs are much more varied in their moods and subject matter, ranging from hope and passion to dark grief. In addition, the songs have a strong lyrical and melodic structure that allows Erika's songwriting skills and musical influences to shine through.

What also marks "Crime" apart from "Glass," is its rich instrumentation and layered production along with restrained use of sound textures.

This is a fine CD by a highly talented artist. Be sure to check out Erika live as well so you can see her cool guitar chops in action!

Tom Spalding

Best new album I've heard in years!!
I stumbled across Erika's music a few months back, and it's been the sound track for my life ever since. "My Little Crime" is loaded with enticing vocals, lovely guitar work, and intelligent, enchanting songs:

"Postcard From Graceland" - 'I'm missing you, but life is good.' Longing, but no self-pity here. And what a groove!

"Besame" - Is this even legal? Perfectly captures that moment when love, lust and languor collide. Don't even think of listening to this without your sweetie close by.

"Lunacy" - Cole Porter with a woman's touch, a ballad that's a can't miss jazz standard.

Erika assembled a great supporting cast for this CD - percussion, keyboards, horns tastefully arranged to enrich the songs but never overwhelm them.

Also worth checking out are her most recent CD, "The New Orleans Sessions" and her first release, "Tinted Glass."