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Jake Jones was born and raised on the frozen plains of Minnesota, where he spent endless winter nights picking his guitar and crafting solemn songs about love, life, and the in-between.  Jake's music has been described as alt-country, singer-songwriter, folk-rock, etc.  Call it what you will, Jake's passion and vulnerability saturate every tune. His debut single, "Cowboy Song," drips with mournful regret and uncertainty; the rest of his EP promises nothing less. With spring approaching, Jake is ready to brave the cold and sow his music throughout the community.
In February of 2006, Lee Erickson was dying. Erickson was an artist living in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, married to Bethany, a biologist with a love of music. As Erickson's condition worsened, Bethany's sister Jenny, also a musician, came to join them in LaCrosse. In that darkest hour, the family came together to love and support each other. Erickson, an expansive artistic force, looked to the future even as his own end came. "Jenny," he told her, "you gotta do your music."

The community of musicians in Brooklyn supported The Ericksons and in 2008, they released their first record, Middle of the Night, a raw, acoustic set of songs. Home called to the sisters, though, and they returned to the Midwest and in 2010, released Don't Be Scared, Don't Be Alarmed, a record more fully fleshed out by producer Beau Sorenson (who recently produced Field Report's debut). Their first records, with their picked guitars and string, their animal, natural harmonies and deep melancholy hinting at greater loss.

For their new record, The Wild, the connections made and strengthened through music led to just the right recording situation. The Ericksons returned to Sorensen to produce, who in turn, led to the pedal steel of Ben Lester, whose warm, haunting instrumentation couples perfectly with the intertwining voices of the sisters. Recording at Justin Vernon's April Base Studios in Fall Creek, Wisconsin meant that they were back to home, to where love and grief first sparked this journey.

The result is the fullest, richest record yet from The Ericksons, an honest reckoning with that grief and love, rooted in American sounds. Wearing influences like A.A. Bondy, Emmylou Harris and The Pines on their sleeves, The Wild completely envelops the listener in the life that Bethany and Jenny have made in song. From the torch song with a gasping punch of "Find Yourself a Lover" to the open, beating heart of "Six Feet Underground" and the everyday blues of "Dirty Dishes," there is a universal beauty here that transcends lived pain.


Icehouse (View)
2528 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States


Food > Beer, Wine, and Spirits
Food > Food
Music > Folk

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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