New from Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)
I have been infatuated with the music from Heartless Bastards for nearly as long as I knew the band existed. It's hard for me to imagine music without the vocals of singer Erika Wennerstrom.
The inspired rock songstress, who celebrates her solo debut next month - is still somewhat of an underground music hero. I'm certainly hoping that her March 23rd album premiere brings her the long-overdue commercial success and critical praise she's so richy deserves.
March 1 - Berlin, Germany - Lidolino
March 2 - London, UK - St. Pancras Old Church
March 7 - New York, NY - The Music of Led Zeppelin at Carnegie Hall
March 14 - Austin, TX - Sweetwater Party at handlebar Austin
March 15 - Spiecewood, TX - Luck Reunion
March 17 - Dripping, TX - Plum Creek Sounds Presents: From the Hills with Love
March 20 - Houston, TX - Continental Club
March 21 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
March 22 - Atlanta, GA - City Winery
March 23 - Macon, GA - Cox Capitol Theatre**
March 24 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater**
March 25 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVA**
March 26 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater**
March 28 - Wilmington, DE - The Queen**
March 29 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl**
March 30 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl**
March 31 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer**
April 2 - State College, PA - The State Theatre**
April 3&4 - Toronto, ONT - The Mod Club**
April 6 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall**
April 7 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall**
April 8 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
April 10 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
April 11 - Kansas City, MO - Knucklehead's
April 12 - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
April 14 - Dallas, TX - Old 97's County Fair
** = supporting Drive-By Truckers
Sweet Unknown was produced by Danny Reisch in Lockhart, TX, and features contributions from My Morning Jacket's Patrick Hallahan, Kelly Doyle, former Okkervill River member Lauren Gurgiolo, Heartless Bastards bassist Jesse Ebaugh and others. There's something somewhat frightening, yet utterly liberating when leaving the confines of a successful band to venture solo - especially a band whose latest record was called "effortlessly brilliant" by critics. But, such is the case with Wennerstrom who is taking a break from her Austin-based rock band, Heartless Bastards, to deliver this solo debut.
On going solo, Erika writes, "it was a really freeing experience. I found my strength in my vulnerability as an artist, and really, just as a person. It kind of forced me to allow myself to be a little more exposed and stand on my own two feet."
bonus: RSL review of The Arrow (2012)