May Erlewine

Cedar Stage


May Erlewine is a contemporary folk musician who, over a nearly 20-year career, has become one of the Midwest’s most prolific and passionate songwriters. Her gift for writing rich, uplifting songs that feel at once fresh and soulfully familiar has earned her a broad, devoted fan base well beyond her deep-set roots in Michigan.

Raised in a home full of art and music, Erlewine began writing songs at a very young age. As a teenager she hitchhiked across the country, honing her skills as a performer and absorbing the kind of stories and landscapes that would inform her music. In the ensuing years, Erlewine would perform in every kind of venue imaginable, from street corners to festival stages to the live-FM airwaves of A Prairie Home Companion.

Erlewine draws from a wide variety of influences to create her sound. Lyrically, her songs are rooted in hard-wrought wisdom, joy and sorrow, simplicity, and stories from her own everyday experiences. Musically, these messages are wrapped up in traditional folk roots, Americana, old-time country swing, soul, and even rock ‘n’ roll. As a live performer, she is just as magnetic when fronting a seven-piece dance-party funk band as she is playing solo acoustic songs in a living room house concert.

With 8 full length albums and two EPs to her name, plus numerous collaborations, Erlewine’s catalog is proof of her creative power. Her work has been spotlighted by Rolling Stone and NBC’s The Voice; national acts who have covered her songs include Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Sawyer Fredericks (Season 8 winner of The Voice), Joshua Davis (Season 8 finalist of The Voice), Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and others.

Erlewine is a member of the Earthwork Music Collective, a Michigan-based, community-minded group of independent artists who share resources and encourage original music. Founded as an alternative to the conventional music industry, Earthwork encourages collaboration and resource sharing, and stresses the importance of environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment and community building as a necessary part of careers in music.

photo by John Hanson

SEPT. 15-17 2017


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