With influences that range from legendary rock outfit, the Pretenders, to folk artist mainstays such as Shawn Colvin, Gillian Welch and Ani DiFranco, the Ericksons are a duo comprised of sisters Jennifer and Bethany, who in the last two years have released two albums of beautiful and original folk.
Although deeply interested in music as children, it wasn’t until 2006 that the two sisters came together and began performing professionally around New York City.
Time on the road while in-between gigs inspired much of the songwriting found on their debut album, Middle Of The Night, which was released in 2008. Recorded in a Brooklyn basement during one complete take, the result was a stripped-down record rich with pure acoustic folk and the sisters’ distinctive harmonies.
Their latest album, don’t be alarmed, don’t be scared, released in the fall of 2010, immediately captures the band’s growth and creativity. The songs here receive a smart, but subtle upgrade in production and a steady dose of welcome percussion which only accentuate the honesty and poignant messages the sisters sing throughout.
The Ericksons are currently preparing to tour some west coast dates beginning in March and to continue performing shows in the Midwest for the duration of the year. For more information on both this talented duo and their music, be sure to check out their official site.