We have known Mark Erelli for years, but we finally have got him right where we want him. There are shows and then there are Vinegrass shows, intimate events produced by musicians who create an atmosphere where the artist has as much if not more fun than the audience.
Mark Erelli’s artistry resides where honeyed vocals and emotionally literate poetry intersect with accomplished and intuitive musicianship. Inspired by Jackson Browne and John Hiatt, as well as by consummate sidemen like Ry Cooder and David Lindley, Erelli has nurtured an elegantly rural aesthetic that permeates all facets of his creativity. In addition to being able to shift between his various creative roles, Erelli has been able to make meaningful and authentic statements in a variety of roots music-based settings, including western swing, murder ballads, bluegrass, folk, lullabies, and country rock.
A master at the art of appearing to be everywhere all of the time, Erelli has performed in church basement coffeehouses, Fenway Park, the Newport Folk Festival, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the Grand Ole Opry. In a supportive creative role, he has accompanied such artists as Lori McKenna, Josh Ritter, and Grammy™ Award-winning songwriter Paula Cole, among others. Out front, he is the singer of the bluegrass outfit Barnstar!, and a highly acclaimed solo artist with a 15-year career that spans nine albums. Tastemakers Twangville.com have heralded Erelli the solo artist as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.