Mark Erelli on Around This Town, Apr 5

Mark Erelli will stop by the WTJU studios on Tuesday afternoon, April 5, around 5 (edt) for a visit.  You can catch him later that evening with Aoife O’Donovan over The Southern in Charlottesville (details).

Discovered at an impromptu 3 am hotel room jam at a music conference when just 23 years old, Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his self-titled debut was released in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, from the Kerrville New Folk contest in 1999 to the 2006 International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize. For the past 17 years, he has maintained a rigorous, international touring schedule, appearing everywhere from church basement coffeehouses, major folk festival stages, and even Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, accompanying artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to London’s Royal Albert Hall. Erelli has seven records to his name, including collections of western swing (Hillbilly Pilgrim), lullabies (Innocent When You Dream) and songs of stirring social conscience (Hope & Other Casualties, WUMB Folk Radio’s #1 record of 2006). In 2009, he was one of eight artists invited to the UK to take part in the Darwin Song Project, a collaborative release featuring songs inspired by the life and work of Charles Darwin. Mark Erelli is anticipating two new releases for 2010, a collection of murder ballads recorded with Jeffrey Foucault called Seven Curses, and Little Vigils, his ninth full-length studio record.  Mark is currently touring behind his latest release, For A Song.

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