Erica Wheeler ~ The Harvest

2021

“Some listeners give a CD a quick thumbs down if it doesn’t grab them immediately. Here’s a cure: stop, smell the roses, give Erica Wheeler’s The Harvest your complete attention. The more I listen, the more I find the album studded with poetic gems. With some lyrically-oriented singer-songwriters, the poetry is puzzling and frustrating. Erica’s new material, in contrast, is as clear is it’s poetic and precise.
Produced and arranged by bluegrass queen Laurie Lewis, this CD features a noteworthy cast of musicians behind Erica’s vocals and guitar, from the rousing fiddle of Darol Anger on Spirit Lake to the melancholic cello of Mark Summer on Autumn.
A mixture of lyrical beauty and emotional honesty, with a sampling of styles, from mellow and acoustic to hot bluegrass, make The Harvest an album you’ll listen to again and again.”
~ Edited by Steve Brooks, Copyright 1997, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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“Thanks to better distribution and her own continued artistic growth, The Harvest proved to be Erica Wheeler’s breakthrough to a wider national audience.”
~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide
“Erica Wheeler delivers the goods on The Harvest and she deserves to be compared to her talented folk contemporaries even as she is being declared an original voice for her generation.”
~ New Britain Herald

© Laurie Lewis 2021