Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Save the Date: February 13, 2014

ANNOUNCING the Whisper of the Moon CD/DVD release party

Thursday, February 13, 2014
doors at 7pm show at 8pm
at The Belmont (Austin, TX)

featuring special guests - Tosca String Quartet and Mixer Rogers

Save the date and look forward to more surprises in store as we gather to celebrate this new work!

Check out our KICKSTARTER page for a behind-the-scenes look at how we made Whisper of the Moon.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

MEOW Con 2013 recap with photos

Ever since the girl behind the counter at Strait Music asked me "what gauge does he play?" when I inquired about buying guitar strings... I am ever more interested in promoting WOMEN IN MUSIC.

Carla DeSantis Black is the maven behind Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women (a fabulous resource) and its namesake conference, MEOW Con 2013.  Here are a few of my favorite notes, quotes, and pictures from my time there last month.

Suzi Quatro, queen of the well-placed expletive, in her keynote address:
- on the songwriting muse:  "Really, we just take dictation half the time."  Take the time to get quiet and plug in.

Tamara Gal-On, creativity coach:
- "By me being me, I inspire you to be you."  So simple, so true.

Leni Stern, guitar goddess:
- "Bill Frisell told me once, 'All you gotta do is nonstop playing.'"  Play.  Play.  Play.
- "Get your heart not too broken and keep your spirits up.  You're going to be honed like a fine diamond for all the hurt.  You're going to bend the strings and somebody's gonna cry."

My Guild guitar and I had a totally mind-blowing guitar lesson with the incredible Janet Robin.

And got amazing advice from such panelists as...  Elizabeth McQueen, seen here surely making an astute observation reflecting her keen sensibilities and enviable wit. 

By the way, if you are a woman in music (or a music-supporting role), definitely check out WIMPS when you're in Austin.  It's a monthly luncheon where Women in Music Professions come together to connect and make things happen.  It's awesome and you should be part of it.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Whisper of the Moon workshop

The Whisper Workshop is in full effect over here.  Cam Rogers is finalizing cover art with graphic designer Dave McClinton and I'm reviewing the videos from Justin Kirchhoff for the DVD.  It's coming together beautifully and I am so excited to share Whisper of the Moon with you soon!!

Kickstarter backers will get theirs in early December.  Whisper of the Moon will be released to the public on February 11, 2014.  Stay tuned for release party details...  xo

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I'm a radio DJ!

KUTX gave me the keys to the castle last week.  Here's a link to the archived recording of my first-ever DJ set!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Only 23 hours left!

Thanks to everyone supporting our new Kickstarter fundraising campaign. We've attained our initial goal and are striving for the stretch goal to print vinyl records!

Here's the link to make your pre-order pledge for the music and other great rewards:

Thank you!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

INTRODUCING a new audio interview series: Getting to Know You

There's a brand new interview series called Getting to Know You, featuring the great folks behind the new CD/DVD collection, Whisper of the Moon.

These interviews have been really fun and I've worked hard to make them entertaining, bite-sized, 3-to-5-minute nuggets.
I hope you'll enjoy listening and learning about how we made Whisper of the Moon, from the technical details of recording and filming, to the mystical processes of songwriting and scoring for a string quartet.
You'll also hear plenty of music from the collection.
New episodes every day this week on YouTube or, if you're into it, I made an RSS feed just for you!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

An update on sweet Eve & the "Anchor" single

I wrote the song "Little Star" for baby Genevieve Ann when she was born.  Early last February, sweet 3-year-old Eve was in a bad accident that fractured her back and skull.  Her mother, my wonderful friend Mollie (who is also one of the most talented photographers on earth), writes about it on her blog.  It brings me to tears just thinking about what they went through. 

The song "Anchor" had just been recorded, so I released it on a donation basis, with all the money going to Eve's care at Dell Children's Hospital.  Over the next few months, you helped me raise almost $700 for Eve - not to mention the care and concern you showed with your prayers and well-wishes.

So, I thought you might like an update on how Eve is doing.

Not even a big mean truck can stop a spirit like hers!  Eve spent about 2 months in a "rainbow jacket" brace from her neck to her hips.  Can you imagine how frustrating that must have been?  Eve made the best of it with remarkable courage and patience.  Right before her 4th birthday mid-April, her X-rays showed enough healing that she was able to ditch the brace.

So, what else did she want for her 4th birthday??  To sing and dance and play music for people, of course!  She is so awesome.

Mollie made Eve a sign and let her dress herself for the performance...  and they headed down to South Congress Avenue to do some busking.

You can see all the birthday pictures HERE.

Thanks to all of you who downloaded "Anchor" in support of sweet Eve.

Little star
You're gonna shine bright and far
and when life is very dark
You'll be shining, little star

P.S.  Not a month after Eve's accident, I got to perform "Little Star" for the new Whisper of the Moon project - accompanied by Tosca String Quartet - with Eve's mother Mollie in the live studio audience.  It was emotional and cathartic.  Most of the pictures you'll see from that night are Mollie's.  You can check out the project and more of Mollie's pictures here

Sunday, September 29, 2013

BIG NEWS: Erin Ivey + Tosca String Quartet

I have had the incredible fortune to begin a new project with the renowned TOSCA STRING QUARTET!

Yes, this is the same Tosca who have toured the world with David Byrne (Talking Heads), who were immortalized in Richard Linklater's groundbreaking film Waking Life, who have worked with Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks, Arcade Fire, etc. etc...

We have made an audio/video collection of 7 lullabies and lightly-dark fairy tales - called Whisper of the Moon.  

Beautiful music to lift your spirits and order your mind. 

In order to finish, manufacture, and release it, I've launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign.  Please check out the video, pictures, and make a pledge to help make it happen and get great rewards:

Thank you, as ever, for your encouragement and support.  Without you, I'd just be singing my songs into a hairbrush.  Or a dry erase pen.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

COME AND TAKE IT: David Ramirez tour wrap-up with pics and dreams of the future

Hi, everybody!  I’m back in Austin after a quick run through Dallas, Austin, and Houston last weekend.  It was great to meet so many wonderful folks.  Opening for and performing with David Ramirez was a joy – he makes it so easy, his songs are so good, his fans are so loving.  Thanks for opening your ears and your hearts to hear our music. 

Texas, where have you been all my life?

The sky is so big and filled with clouds playing in the hot sunlight scorching the windmills and roadside stations as we roll past with the windows down and arms outstretched in the wind. Texas flags blowing proudly by. So much open country full of stories we’re better off knowing.

I have lived in Austin for most of the last 17 years. Usually, I hop on a plane and fly over the rest of Texas on my way to play the coasts or the Midwest. However, this weekend lit a fire under me to explore my adopted home state in earnest.

Tell me your stories, Texas.  I’m coming to get you.

A house concert is the best way to experience live music. Learn more about hosting a concert in your home - anywhere - and email me (erin -at- erinivey -dot- com) to reserve a date. Let's get together!

Sunday, August 04, 2013


When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you

Happy birthday to the great Louis Armstrong!  He plays a song called "When You're Smiling" that is a great reminder to "keep on smiling and the whole world smiles with you."

Listen to it while you read on...

A little Mona Lisa

Gary Louris (of The Jayhawks) says he likes that I smile when I sing.  It's taken practice, but I try to be aware of what my face is communicating as I perform on stage - and smile, if it suits the song.  :)

Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh calls smiling "mouth yoga."  Did you know you have 300+ muscles in your face?  Using them to make a smile relaxes your whole body.  Magic!

Mona Lisa's smile is light, just a hint of a smile.  Yet even a smile like that is enough to relax all the muscles in our face, to banish all worries and fatigue.  A tiny bud of a smile on our lips nourishes awareness and calms us miraculously.  It returns us to the peace we thought we had lost.    -Thich Nhat Hanh

If it's just habit, and it's good for us, why not practice smiling?  Or even better, practice bringing our faces and attitudes in line with the meaning and expression of the song, or the moment, every moment?  It's just another color in our communication palette, within ourselves and with others.

Fake it 'til you make it: The Zen of Driving

This Mona Lisa trick is starting to permeate my life...  With crazy traffic (or, as I choose to think of it, "car ballet") increasingly part of living in Austin, driving is the perfect time to practice painting on a Mona Lisa smile.  (And maybe adopt my friend Mollie's adage that "if you're not early, you're late.")

Smile!  Feel better!

And if all else fails, this always works for me:  The Onion

Happy smiling!

Monday, July 22, 2013

A better brain in 7 minutes or less

Social suicide

I used to bribe myself* to perform at open mics.  Most often at the Cactus Cafe, a great listening room at my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.  Billboard Magazine has called it a venue "from which careers can be cut."  No pressure.

Open mics are great practice for getting through those first terrifying moments, which feel like eons, when your body and mind are working against you because public performance is the surest way to social suicide.  All your protective instincts yell, "Get down from there!  What are you doing!?  If you stand out all alone, the bigger animals will eat you!"

The deeper you go, the deeper it gets

I did it anyway, I needed it somehow, and everything has come full circle with this latest album, Dreamy Weather, recorded live... at the Cactus Cafe.

Last week, I played that great room once again (picture below) with The Jayhawks lead singer Gary Louris.  It was a beautiful night of music shared with a wonderful audience in a space dripping with good juju from the thousands of performances that came before.

One great thing about music is that there will always be a higher level to achieve. As the saying goes, "the deeper you go, the deeper it gets."  Those tastes of the deep keep me going.  It feels like the highest honor to share music with you.

Everyone is a musician

Last month at Summerfest in Milwaukee, I was asked in an interview about when I "started being a musician." My answer was that WE ARE ALL MUSICIANS.  It's part of being human.  Sure, different people have different gifts and all 107 billion of us who ever lived are somehow sprinkled with our own unique flavor and style.  What separates people we call "musicians" is the inclination to invest the time and effort in developing that particular gift. 

Music is for everyone.  Luckily, you don't have to go through the harrowing roller coaster ride through the Open Mic jungle to benefit.

A better brain in 7 minutes

Research proves time and again that music is critically important to brain development - for everyone.  It also fosters greater achievement in ALL other areas of study and cognitive fitness.  Consciously listening to music, creating it, studying it...  all lends to better brain function and quality of life for all human beings.

So, no matter who, where, or how old you are, you stand to benefit from heightened musical consciousness on every level.

With that in mind, here is arguably one of the most brain-ordering pieces of music ever written.  Just 7 minutes out of your day.  Now, go be awesome.

* (note from first paragraph) This was actually very effective.  In 1997, I had a black pawn shop guitar and wanted to decorate it with silver star stickers, like a constellation.  So for every performance I gave in front of other people, I would grant myself one star.  After a while, I lost count and the star constellation was complete.  Score one for bribery.


To hear, download, and read reviews of Dreamy Weather: Live at the Cactus Cafe, please visit

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summer of Bliss & upcoming shows

My Midwest festival run through Summerfest and Blissfest made for a really blissful start to the Summer.  No better way to say it!  Playing on the same bills as the Eagles and Taj Mahal was amazing.  The crowds were loving and wonderful.  The weather was perfect.

I've got some really great shows coming up around TEXAS.  Check 'em out and join me in Austin, Houston, and Dallas.  I'll try to make you laugh and cry and daydream and bliss out.  Ah, Summertime!

Thu July 25     The Listening Room at Winflo
A very cool night for "the most dedicated of music lovers and foodies"
Austin, TX  7pm  $50 includes dinner   Buy tix

Thu Aug 22     The Prophet Bar w/David Ramirez
Dallas, TX   7:30pm  $12-15

Fri Aug 23     Stubbs (indoors) w/David Ramirez 
Austin, TX  9pm  $12-14

Sat Aug 24     Fitzgerald's w/David Ramirez
Houston, TX  8pm  $10-14

Fri Sept 6     Stateside at the Paramount Theatre w/Darden Smith
Austin, TX  8pm  $28

Fri Sept 27     Cactus Cafe w/ A is Red
Austin, TX  8:30pm  $15

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summerfest ticket giveaway!

There's a Summerfest ticket giveaway going on NOW at my Facebook page.  Like the page and comment on the giveaway announcement post for your chance to win.

Summerfest is "the world's largest music festival" in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  It kicks off tomorrow, June 26, and runs through July 7.  My set is on Sunday, July 7 at 3pm on the US Cellular Stage.  The Eagles headline that night!

Please spread the word to your friends in the Mid-West.

Thanks and good luck!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Another great review for Dreamy Weather

This one from the Austin Chronicle:

Erin Ivey

Dreamy Weather


Texas Platters

With no overdubs, no errant pitches daubed out, and without usual backing band the Finest Kind, Erin Ivey's live debut, Dreamy Weather, shines as a bare-bones performance. Recorded at the Cactus Cafe in January, the local chanteuse invited guitarist RyDogg Johnson as her sole accompaniment, and together the duo stills even as it invigorates. Revisiting choice material from 2011 breakout Broken Gold as Ivey introduces new songs, even the familiar takes on a new outlook. The Gallic "Chocolate," chipped out of the original's dub overtones, becomes a seductive ballad as rich as its namesake, while freshly penned "Oh, Light" drifts in warm chords, light and airy despite its lyric forecast of inevitable endings, an idea furthered in stunner "Separational." In each of Dreamy Weather's nine tracks, Ivey's material readies for both the packed concert halls and a barefoot, back porch concert. By exposing herself to blemishes, Erin Ivey achieves near perfection.  ****

Thursday, June 06, 2013

More good news and reviews

I'm getting SO excited for the Dreamy Weather CD release party tomorrow, just 24 hours away now.  The Austin Chronicle featured a wonderful event preview on their blog.

And the great folks at Republic of Austin, one of my favorite blogs ever, wrote a review of Dreamy Weather that knocked my socks off, with comparisons to Patsy Cline and Andrew Wyeth's masterpiece Christina's World.  My best friend in junior high had a print of Christina's World up in her house, so all those memories came flooding back.  I love how art can do that.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Support the supporters!

Here are our amazing LOCAL sponsors for this Friday's CD release party at Club De Ville (Austin).  Etch their names in your brain and give them your support when you can.  They are wonderful people with a heart for art and they are putting their money where their mouth is to sponsor our celebration of Dreamy Weather!

Dulce Vida Tequila - the world's ONLY 100% organic 100 proof tequila, 100% agave deliciousness

Austin Daily Press - specialty sandwiches (located in front of Club De Ville and on the East side at MLK & Chicon with delightful cafe seating)

Miles of Chocolate - baked chocolate dessert that will make your eyes roll back in your head, a little bit of heaven right here on earth

Skermetta Guitars - handmade electric guitars from right here in Austin.  Master Luthier Peter Skermetta made my Erin Ivey signature guitar and it is truly amazing.  It's sister guitar (made from the same flame maple and mahogany boards) is available!  Check it out.

ROAR Salon - keeping Austin beautiful one mane at a time

Black Fret - a new organization that gives grants to Austin musicians to foster more music for all of us to enjoy.  Go be a founding member!

Guild Guitars - not exactly local, but artist rep Jeff Van Zandt IS local and he is awesome to let me use the Guild F30RCE that you see in my new home video, a cover of "I'm on Fire" by Bruce Springsteen:

Can't wait to celebrate with you THIS FRIDAY, June 7 at Club De Ville (900 Red River, downtown Austin).  General admission is $10 (21+) and it all goes to the musicians.  My band goes on at 8pm.  Moonlight Towers at 9:30pm and DJ Gatsby vs. Mixer Rogers all night long!

Of course, none of this would be possible without my amazing Kickstarter supporters.  Check out the whole list and learn more about Dreamy Weather HERE.


Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Daily News reviews Dreamy Weather

Austin, Texas-based folk songstress Erin Ivey has a loyal core group of fans.  So much so, in fact, that a couple hundred of them donated 154 percent of the goal Ivey set out in a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of "Dreamy Weather."  Those who gave their money (as well as those who didn't) are almost certain to fall in love with this nine-track collection of stripped-back, intimate tunes recorded during a performance at Austin's famed Cactus Cafe.  Ivey is on top of her game here, delivering soul-baring renditions of "Amelia," "Rest Your Head" (featuring pal BettySoo), "Canyon," and "Sorrow No More."  The opening cover of Tom Waits' "Alice" sets the tone for a truly remarkable performance.  4-stars  -J.Sisk

Friday, May 31, 2013

Style Me Pretty party piece

Lifestyle and event blog Style Me Pretty posted about a beautiful engagement party where I entertained while guests ate a gorgeous chocolate dessert.  My favorite!  The couple is so lovely and the party was exquisite, I just have to share.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dreamy Weather CD release party JUNE 7, 2013 (in lovely Austin, Texas)

Facebook event link

Dreamy Weather CD release party!

Eat, drink, dance, and party with us June 7. 

7pm - Free VIP hour for Kickstarter supporters - drinks and bites from Dulce Vida Tequila, Austin Daily Press, and Miles of Chocolate (stay tuned for invitations through your Kickstarter account and email)

8pm - GENERAL ADMISSION with sets by Erin Ivey and her band, hometown heroes Moonlight Towers, and Mixer Rogers vs. DJ Gatsby, with drink specials, dessert, and wild merriment ($10 cover - 100% goes to the musicians) 21+

THANK YOU for your incredible support in making this new album. Can't wait to see you soon.


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Monday, April 01, 2013

My wedding team

The coming of Springtime reminds me... it's almost WEDDING SEASON!  Throwing a wedding can be a one-way ticket to Crazytown.  Your own enjoyment of your special day hinges on the team you've carefully assembled around you.  This is really true of life in general, and especially on your wedding day.

Here are the people I had on my team.  I whole-heartedly recommend each of them, whether you're planning a wedding or other special event.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Coordinator  Ariel Romell, Austin 360 Events
Stylist, hair & makeup  Erica Gray, Erica Gray Beauty Company
Photography  Sam Le, Sunny 16 Photography
Catering  Doryan Rice, Austin Veggie Chef and Wednesday Night Dinners
Band  Gabe Maroney, The Heirlooms jazz 5-piece

Wishing you awesome parties your whole life through,

Saturday, March 30, 2013

SXSW 2013 post mortem

The whirlwind of SXSW has come and gone, once again.  I'm just getting over it.  9 public and private shows over the week, in addition to meetings and luncheons and parties.  It was a total blast.  I love that people from all over the world come here to find music and meet people, pimp their wares and enjoy some of the city.  Here are some of my highlights, in chronological order...

Quiet Company performance at Waterloo Records.  Drummer Jeff Weathers mic'd up a guitar case to play instead of a drum kit.  Bass player Matt Parmenter has produced songs for me AND I got him to sign my arm...  Note to self: Sharpie is called "permanent" for a reason.

Sonos Day Party - free food, drinks, music, and HAIRCUTS!

My official SXSW 2013 showcase at The Parish Underground, featuring the amazing Tosca String Quartet and followed by Ruby Jane and her fabulous band.  YES!


Brunch Francais before my afternoon showcase at the Austin Angers Day Party (Angers is Austin's newest sister city in the Loire Valley of France)

And then DARIA rocked our faces off.

MEOW/WIMPS High Tea with the most bad-ass ladies around.  We are fortunate to have such amazing women's organizations based right here in Austin. Thanks to Amanda Garcia for this pic:

Richard Thompson performance at Waterloo Records.  Thanks to JVZ for the VIP treatment.

My solo sets at 2 stunning homes that are also recording studios: AM Stereophonic and Blue Rock

K1ll3R 2013 party at Austin Java, hosted by Killer herself, one of the coolest hustlers around.

Final installments of 2 Sunday residencies: One at University Baptist Church, where the hundred-year-old sanctuary has the most beautiful acoustics and a loving congregation, and the other at Spicewood Tavern for the Soul of a Musician series, where the performance is peppered with discussion about creativity and spirituality.  Very cool.  Check out their amazing lineup of upcoming performers.

Getting to see my awesome manager, Kenny Schnurstein of Burn and Shiver, and many more friends and fellow musicians, like Chris and Marco and Greg Garrett, Merrill Wade, and Wendy Colonna...

So much love!  I can't wait til next year!

Please help me spread the word about my upcoming shows in Manhattan:
Fri Apr 12ZirZamin
West Village, NYC  9pm  
Tue Apr 16The Living Room
Lower East Side, NYC  9pm

And check out the new single "Anchor"


Saturday, March 09, 2013

SXSW 2013

The time is once again upon us, good people of Austin and the wide world beyond...  when we all must descend upon a fairly small downtown area, to fill it with the immutable purr of our hopes and dreams. Let us absorb and transfer together the massive energy of our MUSIC and our addiction to it, our obsession with it.  Amen and amen!

Let's get this party started.

Here's my flyer, many thanks again to Mark Heaps for the photo.  More shows have been added since it was created.  Full schedule is below and the most recent updates can be found at

Tuesday 3/12 9pm at The Parish Underground (214 E 6th St)
Badge & wristband entry

We're a Tuesday "pick" in the Austin Chronicle!!

Additional SOLO showcases:
- Thursday 3/14 3pm Austin-Angers Day Party at Bungalow 
(92 Rainey St) FREE with RSVP at

-Friday 3/15 4:30pm AM Stereophonic SXSW Party 
(2002 Homedale Drive) FREE

- Saturday 3/16 9pm K1LL3R 2013 Party at Austin Java 
(1608 Barton Springs Rd) FREE

-Sunday 3/17 7:30pm Soul of a Musician series at Spicewood Tavern 
(Northwest Austin) FREE

Monday, February 25, 2013


"We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true."
--Woodrow Wilson

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I love data.

I love data, though I'm still really new at knowing how to figure out how to get to the truths behind the numbers.

Today, I'm uploading my new single "Anchor" onto Soundcloud and wanted to add a song from the Broken Gold album to go along with it.

A while back, I took a survey to find out people's favorite song from that album.  So, I revisited to see these results:

That's why I chose the title track, "Broken Gold" and then while I was linking it to iTunes, I noticed this:

Data, will you be my Valentine?

Friday, February 08, 2013

Thanks to you!

Thanks to you, we kicked the pants off of that Kickstarter campaign and I'm proud to say that all the rewards have been fulfilled.  My office looked like a FedEx store in a hurricane for a long time, but it was worth it.  You are amazing in your generosity and dedication to creative endeavors.  Thank you.

In the absence of a full-time intern/cook/maid/accountant/secretary, our new album Dreamy Weather has been making its way slowly into the outside world.  Look for an official release, with requisite parties and press, sometime in the Spring or Summer.

Until then, the CD is available worldwide at my online store, or in Austin at Waterloo Records (where you'll get a very cool free poster with in-store purchase - ooh la la!).

I did manage to slip a copy of Dreamy Weather to the folks at Texas Music Magazine, who included a review in their wonderful Winter 2013 Issue.

It doesn't feel much like Winter here in Austin, with temps climbing into the 80's today.  Hard to believe the Northeast US is bracing for a blizzard.  To those of you reading from up there, stay safe, be smart, maybe come visit us in the sun belt when it's all over.

Lots of love,