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Mining jazz, vaudeville, showtunes and blues from the first half of the 20th century and then interjecting her own touches of calypso, rockabilly and surf, Erin McKeown wants her music to be fun. There’s no room for brooding with this gal. With a gifted voice that sounds both contemporary and thrown back to a distant age, McKeown wraps up a dizzying array of influences into one concise package. Fats Waller, Anita O’Day, Johnny Mercer, Judy Garland and Cole Porter are not so much updated as re-introduced as seen fit with a live band that owns the material on command. A clarinet here, a shuffle there and a McKeown original (“Melody”) that fits seamlessly, Sing You Sinners has an ecstatic spirit that’s difficult to resist. Her Brown University ethnomusicology degree gives her confidence with the material that allows her band to improvise knowingly. Whether singing it straight-up sentimental (“They Say It’s Spring”) or finding the ‘50s R&B groove (“Thanks for the Boogie Ride”), McKeown makes a case for revising the classics.

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Simply a wonderful combination of music and vocals that will take you back in time and out of the now as of the very first song. I was not familiar with this artist and I gave her a shot. Now, I am blown away by the timbre of her voice, how it blends with the instruments that accompany her, and how the whole lifts me up every time I hear this album. Aside from that, I just can't keep myself from dancing around my NYC apartment to these classics, not because of the songs alone, but also because of how Erin McKeown has brought them back to life. Absolutely catching, I wholeheartedly reccomend this album. Please just give her a try, it's absolute perfection, especially for this upcoming Winter Season!

simply delightful

Absolutely delightful. Charm, style, and real skill. Great selection, and a top notch back-up band. Thanks for keeping this music alive, making it fresh, and saving us from the tedium of the radio. Warmest wishes this holiday season.


I heard "Rhode Island Is Famous For You" while shopping in my local Macy's and rushed home to try to find out the name of the singer. Voila! I "discovered" Ms. McKeown. Turns out "Rhode Island . . ." was the least of what this gal has to offer. She truly is brilliant -- and this album is simply wonderful.


Born: 1977 in Northampton, MA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Raised in Fredricksburg, VA, singer/songwriter Erin McKeown began her folk career by performing in local clubs and coffeehouses at night. By day, she attended Brown University to study ethnomusicology, a field that would eventually fuel the diversity and depth of her own music. In 1995, McKeown entered the mid-Atlantic song contest held by the songwriters' association in Washington, DC, and finished as a semi-finalist. With proof that others believed in her talent, she worked hard to found a label...
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