Hire a sitter or bring the kids along for a neighborhood gathering at The Third Place featuring singer/songwriter Erik Brandt. The Star Tribune’s John Bream describes Erik’s music as “a diamond in the rough, well-crafted richly romantic, Jayhawks-evolving country-folk.” Erik calls it Folk-Americana-Whatever. However you define the sound, we’re excited to hear Erik share selections from his 11 albums, especially 2012 release The Long Winter. He’ll also share some insight into his writing process with the audience.
*** Erik Brandt has been the ringleader of the award-winning eclectic Twin Cities-based Urban Hillbilly Quartet since 1995. By night, he plays music. By day, he teaches English and Journalism at Harding High School in St. Paul. He has played in venues all over the USA, Canada, Australia, and on various street corners throughout Europe.
He’s also taught high school Shakespeare, rudimentary grammar, haikus and standardized test prep. On stage, Erik performs mainly original material drawn from the Americana vein. His music has been influenced by and compared to Americana powerhouses The Jayhawks, Gillian Welch, and Uncle Tupelo; Georgia’s Vigilantes of Love; Britain’s The Waterboys; Australia’s Paul Kelly; Canada’s Bruce Cockburn; and folk/jazz pioneers David Grisman, Paris Combo and Tin Hat Trio.