The Sweet Water Warblers, featuring Racheal Davis, May Erlewine, and Lindsay Lou, release their debut album, The Dream That Holds This Child — available now on all digital service providers and for physical purchase at www.sweetwaterwarblers.com/shop. The Dream That Holds This Child marks the first full-length release from the trio since first coming together in 2014 to perform at the Hoxeyville Music Festival and discovering a deep creative connection with one another. The trio will come together tonight for a virtual album release concert at 8 PM EDT. Tickets can be purchased here.
Having released multiple singles from the album — “Summertime,” a joyful celebration of the season; “Mad At You,” an anthem of forgiveness and healing; and, their first single from the album, “Turn To Stone,” reflecting themes of strength through connection — The Sweet Water Warblers most recently released the video for single “Mother’s Voice,” in celebration of Mother’s Day. In the collective spirit of “Mother’s Voice,” the trio created the video in collaboration with their fans, collecting photo and video submissions from their community of what a nurturing mother means to them — family photos, a close friend, a mentor, an elder, a flower, a river — to be featured in the music video for the song. The result is a touching refection of the human connection with ‘the mother’ – mother earth, femininity, ourselves. Watch/Embed the video for “Mother’s Voice” here.
Davis, Erlewine, and Lou came together from their own regarded solo careers within the Americana and roots worlds. Whether it was the gospel and soul-laced melodies uncovered in Davis’ music, the Appalachian folk and country-leaning ballads belted out by Erlewine, or the versatile country soul and bluegrass roots of Lou’s band, it was clear that the culmination of their talents would be unparalleled. From the beginning, there was a unique synergy between the three artists, a bond forged by a mutual passion for social change and expansion of the soul through music.
Produced by Dan Knobler (Lake Street Drive, Caroline Spence), The Dream That Holds This Child serves to empower and uplift spirits, to offer solace, and provide solidarity through its focus on modern femininity. “Our sound is a place of refuge. Its roots are deep, and its arms are stretched open wide,” says Lou. “This is the gospel of creating beauty from pain.”
“We recognize an imbalance in the imagery and symbolism of the divine,” adds Davis. “We sing from a source deep within us that honors and elevates the feminine as much as the masculine.” The artists’ statements come with a disclaimer — not to mistake the album’s nurturing tenderness for weakness. These songs emerged from the deep darkness of the earth and were sung awake through relentless storm. As Erlewine puts it, “We are here, very much, on purpose.”
The Dream That Holds This Child is available now.
The Sweet Water Warblers spring tour and festival dates have been affected by venue closures and social distancing measures as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The most up-to-date information regarding re-scheduled and postponed shows can be found at www.sweetwaterwarblers.com.