“Having smokefree bars helps me be my best for you – it protects my instrument and the job I love so much.”
Erin Enderlin has a way of turning a song or even just a thought into an outstretched hand to the lonely or ashamed. Her album Faulkner County,released in 2019, channels that empathy into 14 story songs that sound like confessions, conversations, and declarations. While she first turned heads as a godsend to those aching for an artist with some golden-era country backbone, Enderlin’s acclaimed 2017 record Whiskeytown Crier and four-part digital EP series in 2019 cemented her as something even more: a literary songwriter and superb vocal stylist with a knack for sharply drawn-and often sad-characters. Named a member of the 2018 CMT “Next Women of Country” class, Enderlin is a featured artist in the 2020 American Currents Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Already a go-to writer for stars looking for heavyweight country with classic panache-Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church,” Lee Ann Womack’s “Last Call,” Luke Bryan’s “You Don’t Know Jack,” and a host of other songs for Randy Travis, Joey+Rory, and more are all Enderlin-penned. Her own musical heroes have begun turning to her for songs: Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Rodney Crowell, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, and Rhonda Vincent all recorded Enderlin-penned gems over the last two years.