Your Voice, Your Choice #27 – Erin Enderlin

Today we continue with a great new feature on Belles and Gals – “Your Voice, Your Choice”. We introduce one of our favourite songs from a country artist and then the artist tells us in turn about a song that has inspired them and has a special place in their heart. Today we feature US country artist Erin Enderlin.

Ideally I would have liked to have posted one of the tracks from Erin’s totally incredible recent release “Whiskeytown Crier” (please check it out!) but it seems that there are YouTube restrictions on all but one of the tracks here in the UK (and that one track has already been featured on the album review for this site and on our daily shout outs).
So, I have chosen a song Erin co-wrote with Shane McAnally that was recorded by Luke Bryan in 2011. There’s a great story behind how that came to be…..she played it to everyone in his camp who actually thought it was too country for him, but fortunately tenacious Erin had met him before he had his record deal and had his email address so sent it to him directly! And three hours later he called her to say he was going to cut it the next week! Apparently he then asked if he could change one word….Erin’s reply to that was he was welcome to burp on the track!
She talks below about how her song choice hits you in the guts and has such a visual lyric, well I feel the same about this song. It’s a real don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t jump to conclusions type of write. I bet like me you’ve all been in a similar situation, being asked for money from some down at heel drunk in the street who you make assumptions about. Maybe next time you’ll remember this song and count your blessings. Here’s Erin’s own stunning live version of “You Don’t Know Jack” (what a clever pun!) together with traffic noise in the background at one point! !!

Erin’s choice is a song written by the late Dan Seals who some of you may know best as half of soft rock duo “England Dan and John Ford Coley” (‘I’d really love To See You Tonight’ being their most well known song). Dan went on to become a successful solo country musician with eleven number one singles in the ’80’s and early ’90s including this one…..

Erin says …… “My choice is  Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold. I love songs that hit you right in the guts, and this one definitely does. The plaintiff melody pairs with such a visual lyric – it’s storytelling at it’s finest and Dan brings it to life with aching perfection. Makes me feel like I’m right there in that cafe in Phoenix, pining over a love that broke you but still holds your heart. And that line “Everybody said you’d make it big some day, and I guess we were only in your way.” I mean come on – doesn’t get any better.”
Take a listen and I’m sure you’ll know exactly what she means…….I’ve chosen to post this live version with Dan introducing the song and playing his twelve-string, and a beautiful lap steel accompaniment. How stunning are his vocals too! Get your tissues ready!
Article written by Lesley Hastings



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