Words of encouragement from Rolling Stone and NPR Music are no easy feats, but pop/folk singer Erin Rae has already garnered praise from both. Rae's latest single, "Can't Cut Loose," released ahead of her June 8 album, Putting Out Airs, is about struggling with addiction in all forms of the word – and allowing oneself to be vulnerable in order to heal.
In an interview with Noisey, Rae describes her relationship with the song as one that romanticizes "addiction in all of its forms, from substances to love and relationships." She then explains, "I wrote this song to that incessant longing voice in my head that tells me I need something else to make me feel different or better.“
"Can't Cut Loose" has an Americana-folk feel reminiscent of First Aid Kit and Angel Olsen that allows Rae to successfully balance the relationship between emotion and storytelling, while simultaneously giving her vocals the platform to shine through the track from start to end.
After many stints performing in local Nashville joints, as well as collaborations with superstars like Margo Price and Andrew Combs, Rae managed to grab the attention of Grammy-award winner and former member of folk duo, The Civil Wars, John Paul White. He later signed Rae to his Alabama-based label, Single Lock Records.
Erin Rae's upcoming album, Putting Out Airs, focuses on heavy topics that have affected Rae's viewpoints as a child growing up in Tennessee to the struggles she has continued to deal with as a young woman. Releasing June 8, Erin Rae gives more context,
"A driving force behind this record is the process of me trying to get honest with myself about when these feelings are at play, and waiting to act on them until I have more clarity and they feel like they are coming from a healthy place."
Erin Rae will be touring with Margo Price and The Mountain Goats this spring. For a full list of her upcoming tour dates, see below:
APR 19 THU - 116 E. Mobile, Florence, AL, United States
APR 24 TUE - Joshua Hedley, Nashville, TN, United States
MAY 15 TUE - Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC, United States (Support for Margo Price)
MAY 16 WED - Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC, United States (Support for Margo Price)
MAY 17 THU - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, United States (Support for Margo Price)
MAY 27 SUN - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL, United States (Support for the Mountain Goats)
MAY 28 MON - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL, United States (Support for the Mountain Goats)
MAY 29 TUE - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL, United States(Support for the Mountain Goats)
JUN 27 WED - Sh*tty Barn, Spring Green, WI, United States
AUG 30 THU- SEP 2 SUN - End Of The Road Festival, Dorset, Southwest, United Kingdom