Guest Blog: Erin Enderlin On Writing Her New Album, Whiskeytown Crier

Erin Enderlin is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter. Her new album, Whiskeytown Crier, was produced by Jamey Johnson and Jim Brown. Below, the Conway, Arkansas native expounds on how the record took shape. When I listen to Emmylou Harris singing “Red Dirt Girl,” I feel like I’m hurting for my own childhood friend who’s innocence was lost through casualties of war and the strangling vines of an unhappy marriage dulled with alcohol and pills. I can almost see the Polaroid snapshots of Eddie and Rita dancing across the Woolworth’s floor as Nanci Griffith paints us a picture of “Love At The 5 and Dime.” And my heart absolutely shatters for the young unwed mother laying in her hospital bed having just lost her newborn daughter, and feeling that she too must have known that her lying father was never coming “Down From Dover” sung by Dolly Parton. The overwhelming power of the storytelling tradition is at the core of my favorite country music. From the rugged West to the hills of Appalachia, the roughhewn lives of chiseled characters are brought to life with careful lyric and melody through wrenching pain, struggle, and occasionally blissful happiness. Growing up my grandmother would sing to me, old time story…

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