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Episode 148 - Mark Erelli (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Tommy Estlund and Dan Sterenchuk)

Episode 148 - Mark Erelli (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Tommy Estlund and Dan Sterenchuk)

Update: 2020-05-21
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Episode 148 - Mark Erelli

Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Mark Erelli.

“All the things that brought me comfort, they just seem tired and worn, what always used to work ain’t working anymore,” sings award-winning, Massachusetts-based singer/songwriter Mark Erelli, a few songs in to his forthcoming release Blindsided. It’s a realization that has washed over many of us, like headlights sweeping across the bedroom ceiling on a sleepless night. But for a songwriter, such an appraisal is a call to action.

When choosing tracks for his new release, Erelli gravitated towards those that wrestled with the questions we encounter in the “middle,” the certain point in life when you reflect on your hopes and dreams and what you thought were certainties. The aptly-titled Blindsided was forged in this process of reckoning, of taking stock of the soul, and being pleasantly surprised. Mining the same gritty yet soulful territory as John Hiatt’s Bring The Family or Bonnie Raitt’s Nick Of Time, Erelli contemplates the delicate tension between love and commitment, faith and family, disillusion-ment and hope. But this isn’t a confession from the therapist’s couch; it’s rock ’n roll, and Erelli is clearly taking his cues from heroes like Petty and Prine. Over the course of Blindsided’s 11 tracks, the message of each song is distilled to its purest form, as fearlessly honest in perspective as it is straightforward in its delivery.

Erelli has forged a colorful career by making the art of “being everywhere all the time” seem ef-fortless. It’s hard to think of another artist who seems equally at home serving as a sideman for GRAMMY-winning artists like Paula Cole, Marc Cohn, and Josh Ritter, or producing albums for Lori McKenna, as he does writing and producing his own material, like last year’s “By Degrees,” on which he was joined by a host of voices including Rosanne Cash and Sheryl Crow. That song was nominated for “Song Of The Year” at the 2019 Americana Music Awards, and served to re-introduce Erelli to a wider audience. And just in time, because Blindsided combines the exuber-ance of Erelli’s signature sound with the wisdom that comes with over 20 years of songwriting, capturing an artist at a point in his career where he is clearly digging deep and swinging for the fences. “In one of my favorite Tom Petty songs, he sings ‘it took a world of trouble, took a world of tears, it took a long time to get back here,’” Erelli says. “I think I know exactly how he felt.”

Website: https://www.markerelli.com

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Episode 148 - Mark Erelli (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Tommy Estlund and Dan Sterenchuk)

Episode 148 - Mark Erelli (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Tommy Estlund and Dan Sterenchuk)

Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund