Erin Thomas & Clay Evans

Erin Thomas

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Erin Thomas evokes the styles of Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones but remains a unique – and gorgeous – voice. Her new album “You Don’t Know Me” is a collection of songs that tell universal stories of life’s challenges, accomplishments, pleasures, and yearnings. It features appearances by some of the best instrumentalists in the world as well as the song “That Kind of Love”, a duet with Vince Gill.

“You Don’t Know Me” debuted in the Top 10 on US folk radio in August, charting at #8 on the Folk DJ album chart, with the title track coming in at #4 on the song chart. It has also received airplay in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Austria, and Australia, and Thomas is touring successfully throughout the US appearing at venues including Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta), the Bluebird Café (Nashville), the Crimson Moon (Dahlonega, GA), the Evening Muse (Charlotte), the Birchmere (Washington, DC), The Living Room (NYC), and Club Passim (Boston). She has opened for or shared appearances with Maura O’Connell, Missy Raines & the New Hip, Larry Gatlin, Marcus Hummon, Thom Schuyler, Dave Berg, Annie Mosher, Craig Carothers, Round Mountian, and The Whiskey Gentry.

Although a relative newcomer to the stage as a singer-songwriter, Erin has enjoyed a decade-long career as a French horn player, performing with the Nashville and Chattanooga Symphonies, and playing numerous recording sessions with the renowned Nashville String Machine, for such artists as Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, and Carrie Underwood. Her singing career took center stage a year ago when she was forced to stop working as a horn player due to an injury. The result was a creative outpouring that has launched her on an exciting new journey.

Clay Evans

What happens when an original artist emerges through the college circuit in the music mecca of Athens, GA, cuts his teeth touring and recording in the avant-garde jam scene, survives the loss of a band and record deal while road-bound, and then moves to Nashville, TN to get back to the basics of his craft? You get the unique musical perspective of Clay Evans! This hustling singer/songwriter has accomplished a lot in the last 10 years: from playing 200+ shows a year with his former band Bluestring and receiving a Jammy Award nomination to collaborating with Grammy Award-winners and hit songwriters. Clay has been adopted by and currently thrives in the renowned creative community that is Music City, USA.

Clay's raw melodic soul and quirky lyrical taste meld into truly authentic song craftsmanship. This autobiographical wordsmith embraces his angst in a humorously cynical style while managing to keep his romantic side intact. Just as Clay has you in stitches over his ex-hating rant “Dead Man,” he may just jerk a tear with his passionate, poetic delivery of “Words.” Seasoned and charismatic yet self-deprecating and approachable, Clay Evans is the real deal and this born entertainer’s ever-evolving live show is not to be missed. Though likened to modern soulsters DeGraw, Mraz, and Broussard, Evans draws most of his inspiration from generations before him including greats such as Bill Withers, Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby, Al Green, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt.

Clay has most recently gained the attention and respect of producer and bass player-extraordinaire Viktor Krauss. With the help of tracking engineer and former band-mate Ted Pennington, the two embarked on Clay’s first solo studio journey in September of ’09. “Words, Sentences, and Conversations” is a 12-song project comprised of three separate EP’s, the first of which is set for release in February ’10. With Krauss at the helm, W,S,&C is as innovative as it is unpredictable: a realm where organic and electronic instruments coexist and unconventional lyrics swim in danceable grooves. With the release of his first solo EP, a star is rising from Nashville’s new generation of songwriters and his name is Clay Evans!

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