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Michigan artist May Erlewine's 7th album "Where We Are" released today

Steven Davy

Michigan singer and songwriter May Erlewine’s seventh full-length album “Where We Are” was released today on Earthwork Music.

May tells Stateside that writing the album was a bit of a challenge, as life threw her many curve balls.

May and her husband, Seth Bernard, lost two close friends and a grandmother, and then discovered they were pregnant with now four-month-old Iris Betsy, 

“The album is sort of a time capsule of that experience and that time,” May says. “I just sort of sat down with the feelings each day and just let it flow through."

May says there are a few songs that encompass the emotional state she was in during that point in her life. One of the main things she learned while writing the album was the power of saying "I don’t know" – which is also became the title of one of her songs. 

“...You have to say that sometimes. That really helped me get through the process; that was so difficult,” she said.

The album was recorded at Heart Center Studios in Big Rapids and was released today by Earthwork Music. It features her husband Seth Bernard on acoustic and electric guitars, lap steel guitar and harmonies; Michael Shimmin on drums and percussion; Dominic Davis on upright bass; Joshua Davis on piano and keyboard, and Laurel Premo on fiddle, banjo and vocals. The album also features Ian Gorman on concertina and accordion and harmonies from Rachael Davis and Anna Erlewine.

May Erlewine will be performing at these venues:

June 19 – Kalamazoo, First Congregational Church, 7 p.m. 

June 20 – Ann Arbor, The Ark, 8 p.m. 

June 21 – Grand Rapids, The Wealthy Theatre, 8 p.m. 

June 22 – Traverse City, 7:30 p.m.

You can watch May Erlewine perform some of her songs on mayelrewine.com

*Listen to full interview above. 

-Bre'Anna Tinsley, Michigan Radio Newsroom.