Erin & The Wildfire w/ Ashley Heath & Her Heathens at Hardywood
FREE SHOW at Hardywood in RVA
About Erin and the Wildfire:
Powerful vocals. Infectious hooks. Sensual harmonies. Snacks.
Erin & the Wildfire combine elements of funk, soul, and R&B into a unique experience for fans. Featuring the core four: Matt Wood (bass), Ryan Lipps (guitar), Nick Quillen (drums) and Erin Lunsford (vocals) – who’ve been together since college, evolving their sound for six years – and a rotating menagerie of talented musicians out of Virginia.
The lyrical content comes from Lunsford’s life, loves, and the passions of her and the rest of the Wildfire – including those of female solidarity, body positivity, and pizza. The demanding presence of Lunsford’s voice, combined with the talent and charm of Quillen, Lipps, and Wood, makes for a high energy, inspiring performance that stays with you until the next time.
“Each show feels like it’s the next and last chance to explain ourselves –another chance to connect with the audience to speak our truth. We hope that people seeing us for the first time (and repeat viewers!) feel appreciated and comfortable and we hope they feel inspired by the tunes.” Lunsford, “The Young Folks”
Ashley Heath and Her Heathens are a psychedelic Americana band hailing from Asheville, NC forming in May 2016. There sound has touches of thoughtful songwriting, sensual blues/soul vocals, and hard rock/jam rhythm section, to a little bit of country and twang. AH&HH started off the year with a release of their Sophomore album “Where Hope Never Dies” in April 2018, Winning the Merlefest Band Competition in April 2018 and playing a Cabin Stage slot between Jim Lauderdale and Sam Bush Band, and ending the year with a surprise $2,000 grant from the Lloyd Johnson Foundation that sponsors the Merlefest Band Competition Stage. “Where Hope Never Dies” was also voted on WNCW public radio as #50 out of the Top 100 Releases of 2018. The band is fronted by the songwriting, velvet and strong vocals, and rhythm guitar of Ashley Heath and the Heathens have been a mixture of many Asheville musicians over there two and a half years of being a band. Heath has been voted as Mountain Xpress Readers Best of WNC Songwriter, Acoustic/Folk, and Americana Country Artist of 2018 and has toured extensively as a solo act throughout the surrounding region, National Tours, and a European Tour through The Netherlands, Belgium, and France in the last four years as a full-time musician. Now Heath is looking forward to touring with all of the Heathens on a full band tour throughout March and April 2019.