Erin McCarley’s “My Stadium Electric”

By Dave Carew

It’s not easy being an alternative rock artist in Nashville, but it’s ground Erin McCarley stakes out masterfully in her second album, My Stadium Electric. The album is well named; from the opening “Elevator” to later stand-outs like “Amber Waves,” this record has a full-throttle, dance-party, mega-stadium vibe to it. That might be annoying or over-the-top if the songs weren’t . . . well, so damn good. So catchy and melodic and vibe-y and danceable.

Because Ms. McCarley’s sound here is so big—so rock-out, rip-it-up—it might be easy to dismiss My Stadium Electric as “just” bouncy dance music or “just” music perfectly designed to open for stadium acts like Coldplay. But that would be a blind dismissal of the forces unleashed here. Ms. McCarley’s music is, in fact, so skillfully crafted that it comes through with a child-like joy garnered from genuine, matured talent. My Stadium Electric is the statement of an artist using her considerable skill as a songwriter to embrace dance and world-music traditions—in a way that is ambitious and big-net—but which also connects personally with the listener, with the part of him or her most receptive to joy and hope and yes-to-life. Anyone wishing to know what the best of alternative rock sounds like in 2013 needs to grab this album now.

Erin McCarley performs at the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival (1st Ave, South & Demonbreun Street in Nashville) this Saturday, September 28.

For more information about Erin McCarley, please visit:

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at and Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew




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