Boise born (and NYC based) singer, songwriter and cellist Erin Hall, also known as Erin and Her Cello, will celebrate the release of her new album, Great Blue, with a Tour of the Pacific Northwest, with her last Idaho stop at the beautiful Jug Mountain Ranch.
Hall has opened for Tig Notaro, the Portland Cello Project, been featured on Broad City Live — but opted to release this new album under her name. Great Blue features more pronounced bass-driven cello lines than her earlier releases, the debut album Erin and Her Cello and Petits Bisous, the sound more introspective and funky, with Hall’s wit and humor figuring prominently on every track.
Hall found inspiration from her daily commute through Central Park. “The inspiration behind Great Blue came from a Great Blue Heron that I started seeing in Central Park-- in the late Winter. New Yorkers and tourists were flocking to see the Mandarin Duck down at the pond near 59th and Fifth Avenue, and I was there, too-- but looking for the Great Blue Heron.” Hidden in the winter shadows, Ms. Hall found solace and inspiration for a song, which became the basis for this album. “I think Idahoans will understand where I’m coming from-- seeing not just NYC, but a surprising amount of wildlife and inspiration from urban parks.”
Great Blue draws from a range of musical influences, from the bolero-inspired percussion of the album’s opener “Tricky”, to the uptempo swing take on “Linger” by The Cranberries (the only cover on the album), to the neatly arranged chamber pop song “David” and Serge Gainsbourg-esque “Deux Claques” featuring harpsichord and clarinet. There are also songs about the banal details of everyday city life, from hailing a taxi to detoxing from a day job — as on the slow building funk anthem “Detoxin”.
Hall will be joined by a trio of her NYC based musicians; Gabe Shuford on keys, Jacquelene Acevedo on percussion & backup vocals, and John Bollinger on drums.
This event is sponsored by Idaho First Bank and Jug Mountain Ranch.
Erin Hall: Prior NYC appearances include Joe’s Pub at the Public, Winter’s Eve @The Apple Store UWS, BAM Café, Rockwood Music Hall, Ars Nova, UCB Theater, CMJ, Pianos, IDAHO: VAC, Meridian’s Concerts on Broadway, Jug Mountain Ranch, Txikiteo. Winner of the 2009 Stand Up NY Musical Comedy Contest. Member of Eliot Glazer’s Haunting Renditions. “Sounds like? Blossom Dearie fronting They Might Be Giants.” (The Philadelphia Enquirer). “Quirky, Vivacious, and undeniably unique.” (Strings Magazine) For more information, visitwww.erinhallmusic.com