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Mike Errico

Naked Soul

Friday, September 23, 2011
8:00 PM–9:30 PM

“Achingly bittersweet” – USA Today
Mike Errico is joined by special guest Jonatha Brooke!
Jeff Hill: Bass, Tomek Miernowski: Guitar/keys, Jessie Reagen Mann: Cello, Whitney LaGrange: Viola, Hiroko Taguchi: Violin
Wander Away, the sixth release from New York City’s Mike Errico, is lush pop-rock that draws comparison to Elbow and Iron and Wine. From the urgent “Ready or Not” to the otherworldly “Everybody Knows,” Errico expands his signature songwriting style with new instrumentation – including dobro, string sections, harmonium, and pedal steel – a varied group of cowriters, and a vocal vulnerability only hinted at previously.
In welcoming cowriters for the first time, Errico says,”I think of it as social networking within the artistic process. I’ve toured with (Soulive’s) Eric Krasno and Ari Hest, met Raul Midon and (Goldfrapp/Peter Gabriel keyboardist) Angie Pollock through friends, and worked with (Grammy-winning producer) Ben Mink before. Together, we went places I wouldn’t have thought of on my own. And,” he adds, “it was a lot of fun.” Errico also showcases his skill as a guitarist in an intricate arrangement of the Tom Waits classic, “Johnsburg, Illinois.” “The song has such an aching quality to it, and I just needed to arrange it, so I’d always have it with me,” Errico says.