Erin O'Dowd

Erin O'Dowd

 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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Erin O'Dowd writes Americana infused with Classic Country and Psychedelic Folk. Her lofty guitar and lilting vocals are reminiscent of simpler times, twisting traditional Tulsa sound into a folky dreamscape of prairie trails. Her songs tell timeless tales of love, infused with endless longing and adventure, wrapped up in lush musical medicine for your ears.

Biography

Erin O'Dowd was born in Flowood, Mississippi, grew up on the gulf coast of Florida, and came of age amongst the rich musical heritage of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is inspired by the roots and folk tradition, with influences such as Bessie Smith, The Carter Family, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, The Band, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, and John Prine.

Erin grew up playing the family piano singing in church and local talent shows. She wrote her first song at the age of 2. In art school, she was introduced to activist folk singers like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and quickly traded her brushes in favor of a guitar, paper, and a pen. Her songs provide you with a visceral, engaging experience, and she is often compared to Loretta Lynn and Norah Jones.

In 2013, Erin’s tribute to Woody Guthrie, “Everybody Sing,” was printed in acclaimed newspaper This Land Press, and her first single “Robin’s Egg Blue” was featured on the New Tulsa Folks Compilation put out by Horton Records.  That year she also graced the stage of the historic Cain's Ballroom and opened for renowned producer and guitarist Lloyd Maines at the Woody Guthrie Center. In 2014, she opened for legendary songwriter Steve Young. In 2017, she was selected and sponsored by Horton Records and the Woody Guthrie Center to attend Folk Alliance International as a part of The Oklahoma Room showcase. Her original song "Silver Lake" is featured on The Oklahoma Room at Folk Alliance compilation.

Erin is a winner of the In Search of a Song radio show's Searchlight Competition, hosted by Jason Wilber, long time lead guitarist for John Prine.

Old Town, her debut record, is being produced by Travis Linville, accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist for Hayes Carll. It will be released Summer 2017 on Horton Records.

Lyrics

Robin's Egg Blue

Written By: Erin O'Dowd

Your eyes were faded, a robin's egg blue
Not without love, could I look at you
I went away for a while, onto someone new
But I never did lose sight of you

The teasers and the takers have tested me well
There were many times that I almost fell
It's been a long, cold road, filled with bones and booze
Just chasin' after cowboys, after curfew

And I lost you again, and again, and again.
Farewell to a gone again
You're a long lost mystic, someone I never knew
And all I see is blue now, when I look at you.

Memories of you fade and scatter, like fallen leaves
Into the background, behind the trees.
Here's where I find it, a peace so wide
And I don't have to let you inside.

Still I find you again, and again, and again
Hello, to my best friend
You're a come home hero, someone I always knew
And all I see is love now when I look at you.

You saved me from the fire, I pulled your heart from the wire,
Well, all I know now, is that I never tire.
Of a love so wild, and a heart so true,
Just lookin' into eyes, of robin's egg blue.

And still I find you again, and again, and again
Hello, to my best friend.
You're a come home hero, and I always knew,
that I'd love you again, my robin's egg blue

And all I see is love now, when I look at you.

Discography

Coming Spring of 2017: Erin's debut album Old Town, to be released by Horton Records

2014: New Tulsa Folks (The Colony Presents) 
Folk compilation by Horton Records.
Includes original song "Robin's Egg Blue" written and performed by Erin O'Dowd.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thecolonypresentsnewtul

2014: Old Memories and Live Wires by Robert Hoefling
Released by Horton Records
Backing Vocals on Tracks 4, 7, and 10
https//itunes.apple.com/us/album/old-memories-live-wires/id917370227 

2014: 
Landlines by Bandelier
Self-released
Backing Vocals on Track 5
http//bandelier.bandcamp.com/album/landlines


2012: -2 is the New Zero by Green Corn Rebellion (Self-released)
Backing Vocals on Tracks 5, 6, and 9 http://greencornrebellion.com/music

 

Set List

Varies from show to show.

Draws from over 50 original songs, and 20 covers added upon discretion.

Original Songs include: Robin's Egg Blue, Wewoka, Miss Neelye, Dear Michael, Everybody Sing, Silver Lake, Oh You, Jump the Gun, The Letter, Trick Pony, Rambler, Florida Moon,  All Will Be Well, Open Door, The Golden Hawk, Forgiveness, Slow Healer, Macho Love Song, Old Town

Covers include: Tulsa Queen (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris), Return of the Grievous Angel (Gram Parsons), Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (Traditional), The Storms are on the Ocean (Traditional), Speed of the Sound of Loneliness, Angel from Montegomery (John Prine), You Ain't Goin Nowhere, Buckets of Rain (Bob Dylan)