Welcome to Erica Smith's debut studio album. On it she sings traditional songs, songs by her favorite songwriters (Greg Brown, Robert Burns, Rebecca Hall, Lal Waterson, Gillian Welch), and one mellow blues she wrote herself. With shimmering vocals and spare, graceful arrangements, Erica's album reminds many people of their favorite albums from the folk revival of the nineteen-fifties and sixties. Guests on this album include bluegrass virtuoso Orrin Star, alt folk-country songstress Rebecca Hall together with Ken Anderson, classical violinist Rachael Birkin, and Alison Kelley of the Johnson Girls and The NexTradition. Alison Kelley takes the lead on track 5, the gospel-blues song 'No More, My Lord.' In late 2002 Erica released a follow-up album, FRIEND OR FOE, featuring a crop of self-written pop, soul, and twang tunes alongside the traditional songs for which Erica is best known.
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