Wednesday, May 30, 2012

In honor of my upcoming shows with Loudon Wainwright III at the Cactus Cafe, I cooked up a merely tangentially-related cover song by a friend of his kids, Teddy Thompson.

It's called "Wake Up" and I learned it off the KGSR Broadcast Vol. 8 CD over a decade ago. Haven't played it in about that long, either, but I'm glad to have it back in rotation. Recorded by iPhone:

You can stream Loudon's great new record HERE and then get tickets to see us perform June 23 & 24 in Austin HERE. See you there!

As always, you can check for the latest show calendar.

Singing "Beautiful/Wonderful" in Portland, OR

Crappy audio/video care of a telephone, but how cool is it that telephones do this stuff nowadays??!

"Beautiful/Wonderful" was written in Portland for The 11th Floor album that I recorded there in 2007 - my first album! This video was made just a couple weeks ago. How sweet of my honey to think of filming it.

SXSW 2012: Saturday/Sunday

Well, it's been a while and I must admit that when I don't write things down, they go away. Luckily, I have my calendar and pictures to piece together memories.

Except all that I have on my calendar is CONTINENTAL CLUB. That's basically all we need to know, right? Erin Ivey and The Finest Kind cleaned it up at our official SXSW showcase at The Continental Club on Saturday night. I do remember it being really really really fun and at some point rolling around on the stage floor. What an iconic club and a great band to back me up. I couldn't ask for anything more.

The Austin Chronicle featured us in their listings, too! They said:
Erin Ivey & the Finest Kind 9pm, Continental Club
Austin's overflowing with singer-songwriters, but none are as daring or as playful as Erin Ivey. Last year's Broken Gold wasn't only touted locally but also by L.A. tastemakers Perez Hilton and KCRW-FM. When Ivey performs with B-3 organ, bass, and drums dub trio the Finest Kind, it's uncommon fare, as jazz, soul, and poetry emerge from spaces that are deep and warm and dangerously inviting. – Jim Caligiuri
I also met my west coast manager for the first time that night. Not only is Kenny a great champion for me, he is also a great artist in his own right. Check out his stuff on Etsy.

Sunday was cloudy, then rainy. The perfect post-showcase lounge day. LAST YEAR on Sunday, I found my new favorites at an outdoor Manimal Records show at Cheer Up Charlie.
Jenny O
Baron von Luxxury

I remember THAT like it was yesterday.

Thanks to everybody who came out to support me and the band over SXSW!