Somehow a sad and sentimental song can brighten even the gloomiest of days. Hearing the drop-dead gorgeous “Country Music Breaks My Heart” by Music City singer-songwriter Erinn Peet Lukes turned one of my dismal days right around. Watching the fun-filled video filmed at the American Legion Hall even made me feel even better!
You can find this lovely song and a half dozen other nifty ones on Erinn’s new EP, her second, which is cleverly titled “EPL.” Peet’s Bluegrassy Country sound has some “Pop” to and that’s just fine with me. She remains determined to defy a former tour manager who once told her she can’t love Earl Scruggs and Taylor Swift at the same time!
It was so nice to meet Erinn through these 11 Questions. She’s out on tour right now and will be playing locally at Jane’s Hideaway downtown on 3rd Avenue at 6pm on April 6. See y’all there!
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I am originally from California. At 18, I moved out and have since lived in Seattle, New York City, and Denver. I knew at some point I would live in Nashville. I think every musician should live in Music City at some point! My time came, and here I am.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
The first CD I bought was Millennium by the Backstreet Boys at a Virgin Records when I was in elementary school. The last CDs I bought were all on Kickstarter! I just got my Nashville friend Joshua Rilko’s solo album in the mail. It’s great!
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
First concert was NSYNC! I was pretty young, and my dad took me, my sister, and my sister’s friends. It was too loud for me, and I hid under a chair most of the time. The last concert I saw was Sierra Ferrell and Old Crow Medicine Show at the Ryman. I enjoyed it very much and did not hide under a chair.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
JoDee Messina!!! I’ve discovered her since moving to Nashville and listening to 95.5 Nash Icon. I know a lot of people grew up with her, but I missed it somehow. She’s got some bangers!
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
For coffee, I like Dose. Dose iced coffee gives me hope in the mornings. Sometimes I really need that after late nights on the town. For pizza, I like DeSano in Bellevue!
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
So many to choose from but I really like Home by The Chicks. That is a perfect country and bluegrass album. I would have loved to listen to those sessions!
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
I love Tacos y Mariscos in Madison. I’ve had many late-night tacos there after Dee’s!
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
Stacy Antonel (my roommate!), Hailey Whitters, Melody Walker
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
I love the Station Inn! One of the best nights I had in town so far was playing there. Dee’s is really fun, too!
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here.
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
Shows, songs, recording sessions, driving around with friends to play shows, and lots of late-night picking parties.