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by Erin Smith

A mixed bag of creaky jazz ballads, tin-pan alley show tunes, solid pop and a healthy dose of the funk-soul people know and love from Erin Smith.
Genre: Blues: Funky Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mississippi Bride
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2. One of the Boys
4:49 $0.99
3. Safe & Sound
4:10 $0.99
4. Blessed Blue
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5. For Pete's Sake
2:26 $0.99
6. Fat Tuesday
3:12 $0.99
7. The Mayor & the Bowling Alley
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8. Brother Job
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9. Criminal
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10. Ebb & Flow
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Album Notes
A bank heist, a dead bride, the Mayor crashing her car into the local bowling alley, a farm girl hitch-hiking to New York City and a fellow who just won't quit trying to off himself.

What do these sordid characters have in common?
Ladies & gentlemen, I give you to the characters of "Swagger", the first solo album by Toronto's queen of acoustic bop, Erin Smith.

After many years of touring, recording and fronting the popular funk outfit named for its lead singer (Erin Smith Band), Smith has stepped out on her own to reveal a pocketful of gems she has written over the past year. Tiring of writing music strictly designed for the funk-soul crowd, Smith began to envision an album that would be a mixed bag of creaky jazz ballads, tin-pan alley show tunes, solid pop and a healthy dose of the funk-soul people know and love.

After visiting several studios and producers, Smith chose to record with Hamilton musician Michael Birthelmer at his Chatham Garden Studio. Known for his stunning Civil War songs, Birthelmer seemed like the perfect match to achieve the raw and rusty vibe that Smith was looking for.

The results speak for themselves.

Featuring appearances by Melissa McClelland, Janine Stoll and Lisa Winn (Erin's band mates in the Ladybird Sideshow), duet performances with Johan Hultqvist of Toronto afrobeat orchestra Mr. Something Something and stand-up bass, clarinet & saxophone parts by Liam Smith and John MacLean (of the Erin Smith Band), Erin could not be more pleased about the company she kept in the studio.

Erin's throaty alto is brimming with soul and an understated joy. Her aching delivery rings true as each song and story unfolds and threads of her tales of tough gals and their whiskey-soaked days come to life. This gal has one hell of an imagination - the canvas and the future looks wild and bright. Have a look.



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Matthew Goldstone

Very Good Stuff
I purchased this CD not being very familiar with the music at first. other than hearing a few clips. I was at a restaurant in Maui and Erin was there playing cover songs. Her singing was so impressive, I knew her own stuff had to be stellar. Upon listening to this CD, that is indeed the case. The music is an electic mix of Jazz, soul, pop, and other influences. Well worthwhile, I'm glad to have been in the right place at the right time to discover Erin Smith's music.

Jodi Craney

Excellent! Excellent!
A great CD, I haven't taken it out of the player since I got it. The first song grabs you and the rest of the CD flows along and is topped off by a great cover of Fiona Apple's song. Am looking forward to purchasing more of this artist's work.