Erin McKeown is a musician, writer, and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Her brash and clever electric guitar playing is something to see. Her singing voice is truly unique – clear, cool, and collected. A familiar presence on NPR and the BBC, McKeown’s songs have also appeared on numerous television shows and commercials.
While a student at Brown University, Erin spent three years as an artist in residence at Providence, RI’s revolutionary community arts organization, AS220. She has spent the next decade and a half playing nearly 200 shows a year while releasing 9 studio albums and refining a distinct and challenging mix of American musical styles.
An active voice on social justice issues and culture, Erin was a 2011-12 fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and she has blogged and hosted for WNYC New York Public Radio. A former board member of the Future of Music Coalition, McKeown has also worked closely with a range of non-profits focusing on her core concerns of media justice and immigration reform. See her ACTIVISM page for more details.
McKeown’s first original musical, “Miss You Like Hell”, co-written with Tony & Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes, had its world premiere in the Fall of 2016 at the La Jolla Playhouse. Her latest release is 2017’s MIRRORS BREAK BACK.
Performed with: Amos Lee, Anais Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Ben Sollee, Carrie Rodriguez, Jason Isbell, Joan Baez, Josh Ritter, Kris Delmhorst, Lake Street Dive, Mike Doughty, Richard Thompson, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, The Mountain Goats, and Welcome To Night Vale.
Appeared at: Bonnaroo, Newport Folk, Glastonbury, Oxegen, Winnipeg, Strawberry. Beacon Theater, Olympia Theater, Royal Festival Hall, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Later with Jools Holland, NPR, BBC.
Songs Placed: “The Good Fight”, “Bunheads”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Awkward”, “Gilmore Girls”, “The L Word”, “Nip/Tuck”, “Roswell” , Tesco, Google, Ferraro Praline, Bose.
FUN FACT: She has written a song via text message with her friend Rachel Maddow.
FUN FACT: McKeown stands 6’1″ instead of 5’2″.
FUN FACT: Erin has made 7 episodes of her acclaimed “Cabin Fever” series of live webcasts streamed from her house in rural western Massachusetts. Described as “Wayne’s World meets the Judy Garland Show”, the series has garnered considerable attention for its entertaining exploration of the intersections of art, technology, and commerce. You can watch the whole series here.
“That’s McKeown’s genius: her ability to take what is, twist it into something more relevant and maintain whatever it is about the music that makes it work. Smarter pop? Seductive commentary? Yes.” – Paste Magazine