Erika Wennerstrom Shares Two Townes Van Zandt Covers

May 6th, 2019

Ahead of a run of European tour dates this Spring, Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards) has shared a pair of Townes Van Zandt covers. “Be Here To Love Me” and “I’ll Be Here In The Morning” are lush, affectionate tributes to one of Wennerstrom’s longtime musical heroes, listen below.

Be Here To Love Me
I’ll Be Here in the Morning

Wennerstrom says of the songs:

“Townes Van Zandt’s Music has accompanied me on a many a long drive. I find his voice comforting, and in combination with his writing he is truly unique and exceptional. There is no one like Townes not for lack of trying. I wanted to pay tribute on a couple songs. It was actually very difficult to pick which ones, but with “Be Here To Love Me” I had a vision right away of how to put it together in my own way, and for “I’ll Be Here in the Morning” I just felt very comfortable singing it. We had a lot of fun in the studio making these recordings.  There’s not a lot of frills and production. Sometimes things are just easy and uncomplicated. I’m really proud of how they turned out.”

In addition to the European dates supporting Patty Griffin, Wennerstrom will also support The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks later this summer. Full routing below.

‘Sweet Unknown’ met with career-best reviews, with raves coming from Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, Relix, Billboard, Bust + more.

Key Tracks:
“STARING OUT THE WINDOW”
“EXTRAORDINARY LOVE”
“TWISTED HIGHWAY”

“Depending on who you are and how your heart is built, you might know this modus operandi well: it’s easier to be nice to other people than to yourself. If that’s an idea you can relate to, you’ll find something in common with Erika Wennerstrom.”
– NPR WORLD CAFE

” Sweet Unknown is driven by Wennerstrom’s vocals, the warm and bluesy instrument fans of Heartless Bastards have grown to love. It’s also highlighted by her notes of inspiration – directed toward herself and her listeners.”
– CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

“Heartless Bastards, ride-or-dies, this one’s for you Erika Wennerstrom’s solo debut album infuses everything we love about the band’s smoke-and-grit energy into a record that’s intimate, open-throated, and still rollicking as hell.”
– BUST

“The solo debut from the leader of Ohio rockers Heartless Bastards is a spacious, starlit collection that showcases her wail over sprawling Americana.”
– ROLLING STONE

TOUR DATES:
May 3 – Cork, IR – Cypress*
May 5 – Kilkenny, IR – Kilkenny Roots Festival*
May 7 – Belfast, UK – Black Box*
May 8 – Edinburgh, UK – Assai Records instore (5:30pm)
May 9 – Edinburgh, UK – Queens Hall*
May 11 – London, UK – Queen Elizabeth Hall*
May 12 – Sheffield, UK – Memorial Hall*
May 13 – Gateshead, UK – The Sage (Hall 2)*
May 14 – Milton Keynes, UK – The Stables*
May 15 – Huddersfield, UK – The Parish
May 16 – Leicester, UK – The Musician
May 17 – Rotterdam, NL – Lanteren Vester*
May 18 – Amsterdam, NL – Het Zonnehuis*
May 23 – Austin, TX – Hot Luck Fest at Barracuda
June 12 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
June 14 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
June 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square
June 20 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s
Jun 21 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
June 22 – York, PA – King Street Jam
June 26 – Louisville, KY – WFPK Waterfront
June 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi Fi Indy
June 28 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout
June 30 – Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel
July 3 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway
July 5 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks^

* supporting Patty Griffin
^ support Avett Brothers