Erin O'Dowd was born in Jackson, Mississippi, grew up in the swampy lowlands of Florida, and came of age among the rich musical heritage of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She relocated to Nashville in October, where she recently played at The Basement. This past year, she played the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, kicked off the Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival, and toured New York and Ontario, where she played at historic club The Bitter End, opened for Super Trooper’s theme song writer Jack Grace, was featured by Red Leaf Music in Ottawa, and had a set during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.
Erin is heavily inspired by the American roots traditional music like The Carter Family, Leadbelly, and Odetta, and Classic Country greats Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Loretta Lynn, and Ryan Adams. She grew up singing in church and around the house, writing on the family piano, and recording her songs onto cassette tapes.
After a stint in competitive figure skating and ballet, Erin studied visual art at the University of Tulsa, where she was introduced to activist folk singers Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. She quickly put down her pencils and paint brushes and took up songwriting as her raison d'etre. She cut her teeth playing with Red Dirt legends like Tom Skinner and Randy Crouch, Hardworking Americans guitar player Jesse Aycock, and has opened for Kenny Rogers, Steve Young, Jack Grace, and Lloyd Maines & Terri Hendrix.
Erin O'Dowd's debut album will release May 4th, 2018 on Horton Records. The ten song LP, entitled Old Town, creates a fresh interpretation of Americana freckled with Psychedelic Folk and Roots. The project was produced by Rolling Stone acclaimed Travis Linville and features keys by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter John Fullbright.