Like any of folk music’s classic albums by Pete Seeger, Peter Paul & Mary or Judy Collins, May Erlewine’s “Lean Into the Wind” combines fetching vocals, inspiring lyrical messages and straightforward arrangements that enhance rather than bog down the gorgeous songs that this Earthwork Music songstress creates, from the opening tune, “Many Miles,” to the closing title track. As such, the Traverse City-area singer’s latest six-song recording – recorded with producer Ian Gorman at La Luna Recording in Kalamazoo – makes for an uplifting, catchy, retro-feeling affair that will have listeners humming along as an ideal rootsy soundtrack for summer. As always brings in some familiar, superb Michigan musicians to help her musical cause, including guitarist Phil Barry, bassist Max Lockwood, banjoist/fiddler Laurel Premo, drummer Michael Shimmin and, of course, husband Seth Bernard, the beneficiary of her serenade on “Nothing But Love”: ‘I’ve got nothing, nothing but love for you, honey.” It’s a sweet sentiment and Erlewine makes it feels like she’s singing it just for you. – John Sinkevics
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.