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  • On The Road With: Erin McCarley

    Wed, 29 Oct 2008 11:13:07

    Coming off of a buzz-building turn at this year's SXSW festival, Erin McCarley has seen her star climb steadily with featured songs on hit shows like One Tree Hill and Grey's Anatomy. The Nashville resident was born just outside Dallas, but it wasn't until she headed way out west to San Diego after college that she unearthed her passion for music through all day songwriting binges holed up in her apartment. It was during these SoCal days of discovery that she teamed up with producer Jamie Kenney, who would help craft the songs that make up her just released debut, Love, Save the Empty. The collection of inviting pop tunes carries an air of confessional honesty that adds heft to the otherwise light-footed affair.

    No stranger to the road, McCarley is gearing up for her second run on the "Ten Out of Tenn" tour featuring 10 Nashville-based singer songwriters this winter. Taking time out of her preparation to answer our On The Road With feature, she extols the virtue of patent leather heels, pizza and episodes of The Office out on the trail.

    What records have you been cranking lately on the tour bus, backstage or before you perform and what's so great about them?

    I keep pretty quiet before the shows. Sometimes at night I've been unwinding with Ray Lamontagne's new record.

    What's your favorite piece of stage clothing/accoutrement/good luck charm and where did you get it?

    Oooo thats easy, but it's a tie: A pair of patent leather heels by Marni from Jeffries in NYC and a brass metal "pony" cuff bracelet from Posh in Nashville, TN.

    What's the best place to eat on the road?

    Any place with pizza!

    Do you write music on the road?

    Haven't been on this one. Mainly just practicing my pratfalls.

    What's the best way to kill time in a boring spot?

    Watch Extras or The Office on my laptop in my bunk.

    What's the most inspirational truck stop?

    I'm usually asleep when those stops happen. I'm assuming all of them are, going by the couple of Flying J's that I've visited.

    What city has the best and most responsive crowds?

    Birmingham and Atlanta both were very attentive and affirming.

    Which venue has the cleanest facilities?

    The House of Blues in Anaheim is pretty dirt free.

    More importantly, who provides the best rider?

    Whoever provides the Grey Goose and organic Orange Juice. I think Santa Barbara gave us some damn good OJ.

    What do you miss most when you're out on tour?

    My man and a little coffee shop in Nashville called Fido (wheat bagel with cream cheese and strawberry jam!).

    What's the first thing you do when you get home from tour?

    Pet my cat, Clive, while he eats.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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