Emily Herring
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Emily Herring

San Marcos, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

San Marcos, Texas, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Country Americana




"CMT 'The Edge' on Emily Herring"

Your Mistake features sharp songwriting and buoyant melodies throughout. Detailed narratives guide the journey. “I make my home down in San Marcos, where I count my tips at the Triple Crown,” she sings on “Austin (Ain’t Got No) City Limits” against bouncy Western swing. “You best find a quiet seat if you’re down at Cheatham Street watching them pass that mic around.” Amen. Now, pass the tip jar - Brian T. Atkinson

"No Depression"

Your Mistake came over my desk about a month ago and I fell for her ice-cold honky-tonk songwriting almost immediately. She sings with such confidence, and nails hard-lived country songwriting like nobodys business. And she gets the culture of Texas dancehalls too. Your Mistake could be a barroom classic pretty much anywhere. - Devon Leger

"Fame Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange"

This is the sort of gift that Ian Hunter, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and others brought to waiting ears, but Herring opens up a whole new dimension I've never seen before, and, trust me, I'll be greatly looking forward to her next disc, as few country efforts have snagged my grey matter the way *Your Mistake* is doing right here, right now. - Mark S. Tucker

"The San Marcos Daily Record"

A voice born and bred in the honky-tonks, dancehalls and roadhouses of the Lone Star State. - Staff

"Campus Circle Magazine"

Herring is one to watch on the Americana scene; here she puts her twangin' guitar and her honky-tonk singing style to good use on a set of swinging Texas-style alt-country. - Kevin Weirzbicki

"San Marcos Mercury"

here’s nobody quite like Emily Herring. She’s part Western Swing, part Lucinda Williams, and part Patsy Cline but one thing’s for sure, she’s all Texas. - Hap Mansfield

"The Toledo Blade"

This is for folks who like their music served with a shot of whiskey, a chicken picked Telecaster solo, and a singer whose not afraid to challenge conventions. - Rod Lockwood


his record captures the old hippie consciousness of Asleep At The Wheel at the same time that it exemplifies the vision of Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys. - Richard Wagamese


Herring has a bold, brassy voice a bit reminiscent of early k.d. lang or Kelly Willis, while her spirited guitar playing brings to mind Bonnie Raitt and Rosie Flores. - Kerry Doole

"City Beat, Cincinnati"

Herring is an original voice doing extraordinary things in the simplest terms... A big plate of Texas Country with a side of Delta Blues - None

"Just Out"

"Alternately upbeat and bluesy, she brings a bespectacled chic to her unique yet authentic Texas country twang. Emitting gritty growls without being grating, Herring dons a nonchalantly fashionable straw hat and melds pretty high notes and skillful plucking with a strong American roots base." - Alley Hector

"Ink 19 Magazine"

Emily Herring weaves songs out of a bluesy country fabric that is so much a part of Central Texas. In a sea of sound-alike singer/songwriters, Herring demands to be heard.
- Phil Bailey

"The Portland Mercury"

"Herring twangs, plucks, and warbles like country singers of yore, gun-slingin' her guitar with a clear-headed progressive attitude and the "don't-mess-with-me" swagger of a true outlaw. Her brand of homegrown country pickin' defines America not just for the Red Staters, but for every single one of us" - Review

"Outsmart Magazine"

You'll hear hints of Merle Haggard and Lucinda Williams in this tattooed, bespectacled blues-country artist's work. Go on and slide up and down that guitar neck with your bad self, Miss Girl. - Nancy Ford


Still working on that hot first release.



There is something wonderfully, unabashedly genuine about San Marcos-based songwriter and musician Emily Herring. The 2015 Ameripolitan Award nominee embraces the no-nonsense love, heartache and trouble in real country-western music, as you’ll hear on her album, Your Mistake (2013). You’ve got poetry and pedal steel, a true twang troubadour, uncompromising honesty to wrap round your soul as you down that last whiskey shot before the bartender kicks you out.

 Your Mistake was featured in No Depression and CMT'S The Edge. The album also won her the Carl T. Sprague Award from the Texas Music Awards, an honor she shares with only one other recipient, Michael Martin Murphy. In turns dazzling and stark, stretching across Texas and the new West, the songs on this album recall the last fifty years of country music in a sound all their own.

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