Charlottesville’s bluesy-rock soulful group Erin and the Wildfire are coming to The National this Friday, and the foursome is back with some new single
Charlottesville’s bluesy-rock soulful group Erin and the Wildfire are coming to The National this Friday, and the foursome is back with some new singles for us! Thank goodness, because I have been anxiously awaiting new music, I’m a little obsessed with them I’l admit it. Go ask lead singer Erin Lunsford, she’ll tell you how I geeked out during our last interview. 🙂
Anyway, last time we spoke with the powerhouse vocalist and her crew they were getting ready for a gig at Cary St. Cafe in June. The group released a self-titled EP last year and it was a mix of sultry, fiery vocals that pack a punch from the soulful Lunsford and a band that’s tunage almost makes you revert back to 60s-era rock with their groovy, eerie tunage, but they also keep it fresha and funky.
The band just recorded a few new singles and has them out for our eager ears via Red Dust Music before summer’s end including “Puzzles”, Snake Oil and, an amazingly unique and incredible take on Stevie Wonder’s hit, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”
“We are stoked to finally have them released,” said Lunsford. “We’ve been performing Snake Oil for about a year and half now, but we didn’t get to record it until recently! It’s a fan favorite and we like that it gets people’s hips moving.”
They released the cover of Wonder’s classic last month, and with her range its definitely something worth having on repeat. Take a listen below.
“It’s one of the most exciting songs we play and it’s even better that we could capture it in a recording!,” Lunsford said of the song. “We recorded this gem at a studio in Scottsville Va called Ravensworth, with one of or favorite humans, Butch Taylor. We couldn’t be happier with the final product.”
The group is no stranger to covers. They’ve covered the almighty Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and a killer cover of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” which was my favorite up until “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” I don’t know. I can’t decide. Listen for yourself.
Since we last talked to them, the band has been busy with shows and festivals. They played at this year’s Floyd Fest and they’re scheduled to play The 40th Annual Virginia Wine Festival in Plains, Va. The Festy at Devil’s Backbone in October, as well as the CMJ Music Marathon Festival in October in New York.
“We are playing all over the place! Last weekend we were in Va Beach at The Norva which was a huge honor and accomplishment for us! Matt (bass) and Ryan (guitar) are from the area so it was a big homecoming show and we rocked everyone’s faces off,” she said. “We also played a killer show at The National Whitewater Center in Charlotte NC last week- literally had people zip-lining right above the stage. And of course we will keep blowing up the local scene-
Even though they’re schedule has them rocking out eveywhere, Lunsford said you can still count on Erin and The Wildfire blowing up the local scene.
“Charlottesville, Rva, DC, VA Beach, Roanoke, we are coming for you!” she said.
Download their new tracks here.
Erin and The Wildfire will open for MOON at The National this Friday along with After Jack. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 grab yours here.