These days, there’s a whole lot of noise out there, so when you hear something special, it’s a refreshing feeling and you know it immediately. That’s exactly what happens as soon as you hit “play” on “A Thousand Miles,” the opening track on A Walk Around The Sun, the new LP from Asheville, NC-based chanteuse Erika Lewis.
Lewis dances between the lines of genre—from classic country laced with yearning pedal steel in songs like “If You Were Mine,” “Love Song,” and the twinkling “Thief And A Liar,” to hip-shaking sass and swagger in mid-century rock n’ rock in tracks like “Loser” and “Unsatisfied,” all unified by her otherworldly vocal stylings.
Recorded and engineered by analog wizard Andrija Tokic at his Nashville studio The Bomb Shelter, produced by The Deslondes’ one and only John James Tourville, and with a bevy of Nashville’s finest in the credits—Dennis Crouch, Jack Lawrence, Megan Coleman, Billy Contreras, Kyshona, and more, along with contributions from Lewis’ Tuba Skinny bandmate Shay Cohn, Lewis and company created nothing short of sonic magic.
Throughout its 11 beautifully crafted gems, A Walk Around The Sun takes listeners on an emotional journey; longing, grieving, and reckoning with the past intensified by the urgency surrounding the album’s creative origins. Lewis was dealing with a diagnosis requiring surgery that could end her career; after encouragement from a friend, she decided to make an album in case it was her last chance to do so. In this gorgeous testament to grace and perseverance in the midst of harrowing circumstances, Lewis steps into the spotlight – and outshines it.
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