If you’re into the kitschiness of modern “pop” country, you’ll have to pass over singer-songwriter Erath Old (Pronounced Air-Rith). Despite his familiar funky beats and country music “twang,” Erath will most certainly reach the pop country charts more for his unique gravelly vocals and not-your-grandma’s sensual hometown lyrics than even for his rugged good looks and masterful stage presence.
Performing over 200 dates a year, one must buckle up for an Erath Old show, even to just listen to his new album Heartbeat (which is due to be released spring/summer 2017). Whether you see him in an intimate solo setting or with his full band, from the first word to the last note it is clear that his intent is to take you on the ride with him, through his youth, his heart, his hometown, his memories and his people. With a coy grin and a raised eyebrow, Erath Old fuses all we love about the ghosts of country western with the spry rhythms of today’s “pop,” with a dash of raw grudge that has been a part of his musical development.
You will leave knowing him, maybe even knowing yourself a little better. Songs like “Hey Y’all”, from his 2015 release, will keep you dancing with your hands in the air. Your boots will stomp and your toes will tap to anthems, such as “Waiting” (Heartbeat 2017). You will feel your heart sink with his as he pours out “We Messed It Up” (Heartbeat 2017). The longing of hope and desperation in his music, the ache in his voice, will take you by surprise. You absolutely won’t want to miss it.