March 29, 2018
Erin O’Dowd Announces Debut Album Old Town
American Songwriter Premieres “Trick Pony” Video
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — March 29, 2018 — Today, Erin O’Dowd announces her debut album, Old Town, set for release on May 4, 2018 via Horton Records. Produced by Travis Linville , Rolling Stone acclaimed singer-songwriter and longtime guitarist for Hayes Carll, the album is a tribute to O’Dowd’s Oklahoma roots. Noted for her skilled songwriting and often compared to legends like Emmylou Harris and Loretta Lynn, Old Town is a refined introduction to who O’Dowd is as an artist. The album offers a fresh perspective of roots music that weaves introspective lyrics through influences of classic country, psychedelic folk, and soul-driven Americana. In addition to a variety of instrumentation by Linville, Old Town has an all-star instrumental lineup, including Grammy-nominated John Fullbright on keys and legendary Midwest pedal steel player Roger Ray of the Red Dirt Rangers . American Songwriterannounced the album and premiered the video for the first single, “Trick Pony” today. Old Town is available for pre-order on April 6 via iTunes, with a free instant download of “Trick Pony”.
As the youngest daughter of a preacher, O’Dowd grew up singing in church and school talent shows, and wrote her first song on the family piano at age two. An avid writer ever since, she spent hours in the family treehouse dreaming up poems and short stories. A classically trained pianist, she taught herself guitar at age 15 and decided she would become a singer-songwriter. She still hasn’t changed her mind.
Growing up in both Tampa, Florida, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, O’Dowd dropped out of art school after discovering Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and began performing live. After a brief stint playing bass in an indie band with Broncho’s Penny Hill, she began gaining traction in the Midwest with her own band. She began appearing on lineups for festivals like the Oklahoma Songwriters Festival, the noteworthy Merle Haggard tribute G-Fest, Norman Music Festival, MayFest, and theWoody Guthrie Folk Festival , in addition to performing at notable venues like The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Tulsa’s historic Cain’s Ballroom. In 2014, her first single “Robin’s Egg Blue” won the prestigious Searchlight Songwriting Competition, founded by noted guitarist Jason Wilber (John Prine, Iris Dement, Todd Snider).
Now a Nashville local, O’Dowd considers herself “permanently touring,” recently opening for Kenny Rogers, writer David Sedaris, and Super Troopers’ theme song writer Jack Grace. She’s shared the stage with jazz legend/Kerouac collaborator David Amram, John Moreland, Terri Hendrix, Dixie Chicks producer Lloyd Maines, Jesse Aycock of Hardworking Americans, and Steve Young, writer of “Seven Bridges Road,” among others. Kicking off the year at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, O’Dowd will begin touring the Midwest in April, the Southwest throughout summer, and the Northeast in the fall.
Tour Dates :
March 29 — Nashville, TN — Radio Cafe
April 1 — Tulsa, OK — Doc’s
April 2 — Tulsa, OK — Philbrook Museum
April 6 — Oklahoma City, OK — Will Rogers World Airport
April 6 — Norman, OK — Red Brick Bar (Release Show)
April 7 — Oklahoma City, OK — The Blue Door
April 13 — Tulsa, OK — Soul City of Tulsa (Release Show)
April 14 — Stillwater, OK — Zannotti’s
April 15 — Kansas City, MO — Westport Saloon
April 16 — Lawrence, KS — Henry’s on Eighth
April 18 — Omaha, NE — Growler’s USA
April 20 — Norman, OK — Native Spirits Winery
April 21 — Stillwater, OK — Stillwater Arts Festival
April 26 — Nashville, TN — The High Watt w/ Braison Cyrus
April 27 — Memphis, TN — South of Main Sounds
April 30 — Franklin, TN — Belvedere Commons
May 3 — Nashville, TN — Release Show (Venue TBA)
May 9-13 — Key West, FL — Key West Songwriters Festival
May 19-20 — Montreat, NC — SERFA (Southeast Regional Folk Alliance)
May 30 — Nashville, TN — Crying Wolf
June 8 — Houston, TX — Truck Yard
June 12 — Tulsa, OK — The Hunt Club
June 13– Eureka Springs, AR — Chelsea’s
July 9 — Stillwater, OK — Modella Art Gallery
July 12 — Okemah, OK — WoodyFest
July 26 — Nashville, TN — Bobby’s Idle Hour
July 28 — Nashville, TN — Tennessee Brew Works
For more information , visit https://www.erinodowd.com/.