erika may ~ jazzy hippie chick

erika may w/flute and cello

erika may w/flute and cello

 vocals, flute, & cello

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erika may ~ jazzy hippie chick / her music is described as avant garde, jazzy,with an emotionally strong voice that has been compared to Norah Jones. Her songs are imbued with creativity like Bjork and Florence and the Machine, compelling lyrics like Joni Mitchell, embodied with a fiery world-spirit.

erika may has an eclectic mix of edgy and deep music flecked with jazz, folk and various world influences. Her songs are described as having soaring, lyrical melodies in emotionally driven performance which creates a dynamic experience.

Whether it’s singing jazz standards, Spanish songs, & originals, improvising on her flute, accompanying herself on guitar and/or cello as a solo act, or swinging with jazz combos as both a leader and a sideman, or performing on flute in classical duets with piano or guitar, or being “in the band” with Americana/pop groups as a singer and flutist, erika may brings her personal flair, professionalism, and a loving joy of the music to each project.

erika may’s flute playing is sought after as an accompaniment on many recordings. Contact her to add flute, vocals, or cello to your recording project!

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Traveler’s Table End of Season Picnic

I’m so happy to tell you about this fun event, the Traveler’s Table is hosting a picnic on their grounds. On Sept 7th, from 1 – 6pm, they will prepare special picnic foods for sale, have musicians, and venders. I hope you can make it!!

Traveler's Table PicnicBliss Hippy is one of my favorite bands in the area. I performed with them last Friday, Aug. 22, at the Focal Point in St. Louis to an enthusiastic crowd. Check out their cd “Buddha Face“, my flute playing is featured on several tracks, I especially like track #5 “What’s this Desire”.

Chris Case and Tim Bond will each be playing old timey and bluesy originals, with their own special take on this classic sound.

Azaima Anderson brings her finely crafted songs. Azaima’s music is lyric-driven. Drawing from her country, pop, folk, rock, blues and jazz influences, she selects the style that will best serve the story.

I’ll be performing with the Ozark Gypsy Tribe. my family tribe including Jamie, on sax, mandolin, flute, and guitar, Colleen Smith, vocals and percussion, and their children adding a wonderful joie de vivre singing and dancing.  Plus, of course, there will be some special guests.

There will be cool and fantastic venders selling their artistic wares, look for Carney Dirt, the Ozark Wildstead, and others. Don’t forget to bring your hoop, Cara Snyder!!

Summer @ the Traveler’s Table and to worlds beyond

This summer has been a bounty of peaceful scenery, music making and listening, and lots of communing with friends and family. I’ve been performing only my original songs at the Traveler’s Table. This has helped me to delve deeper into my personal repertoire and has inspired me to continue writing new songs. It has been so exciting to add the cello to more songs.

erika may @ Traveler's Table

erika may performs @ the Traveler’s Table









Greg Kirlin and Chris Johansson continue to serve tasty home made creations at the Traveler’s Table. This week saw a batch of Gazpacho made with locally grown organic tomatoes, a multi-layered Greek Salad, Teriyaki bowls with chicken or steak, and a bountiful pork rib dinner!

Traveler's Table sign copy

Traveler’s Table cafe sign









Traveling across the country to Eugene for the Faerieworlds Festival, I saw and heard many wonderful musicians. here are some photos of the bands I heard. The inimitable Jessica Star and Woodland. Woodland is responsible for starting and continuing with many successful years of Faerieworlds. This year’s headliners were the Pagan folk band Omnia. Unfortunately my photos didn’t do them justice. Brother is a highly contagious band that features the bagpipes and didgeridoo. Plus I had to get a special braid in my hair to be in the spirit.

Jessica Star and Joseph Blackfeather

Jessica Star and Joseph Blackfeather at Fairieworlds july 2014

fairieworlds Woodland

Woodland at Fairieworlds July 2014












Faerieworlds my braid

My hair is braided at Faerieworlds


Brother from Australia at Faerieworlds

Brother from Australia at Faerieworlds













Getting into a car and driving to Seattle to re-connect with friends and extended family meant a lot to me. I met cousins I haven’t seen for a gadzillion years! and dear sweet friends!

Karen Jensencousins Karl Rsisters Chris and Anna




















Reverbnation is addicting!

Several years ago I discovered the music site called reverbnation and thought, it’s free, I may as well sign up. A few other musicians in the Silver City area had made reverbnation profiles and it seemed like a good idea. I put photos and music, created a little bio, listened to the other musicians in Silver City and thought . . .  now what?

Then one day somebody I didn’t know came along and became a fan of my music and recommended me to his list. Wow, I thought, who is he, he’s from London! How did he find my music? So I went to his reverbnation site and listened to his music, looked at his photos, and wrote a nice comment on his wall about his lyricism and musical style. He returned the favor and wrote nice things on my wall!

I looked through the musicians he recommended on his site and began to listen to music, look at photos, and “fanned” and recommended. Many of them returned this favor and I was hooked! I spent hours listening to music from musicians all over the world, running the gamut of styles, from rank amateur to amazing artists who had finely honed their skills and craft. We exchanged encouraging comments and recommendations and my fan list began to build. Many signed up for my mailing list.

I was hooked, line and sinker. I would get home and run to my computer, pull up my reverbnation site to see who else had “fanned” me, who else could I find to enjoy their music; hours were spent. Who knew that so many people love music so much to learn to play instruments, write songs, record themselves, and make videos. It is a magic world!

musically! erika may

some fun june happenings!

It’s already been a fun filled month and there are still a few weeks to go!

This month includes moving to the Traveler’s Table. I’m living in a cute Avion trailer. It looks like an Airstream. I’ve been told this is called “Glamping” in other words, Glamor Camping. It is a sweet trailer with room to set up my flute, cello, guitar, and loopers.

It was such a wonderful experiences performing as the Artist in Residence at Gallery Zeke and the Tavern of Fine Arts, and more is on the way. Put July 4th on your calendar as I will be performing from 6p – 10p at the Meramec Winery. There may be some special guests.

Last night I had the opportunity to perform with Clay McKinney at the Plein Air painting event at Sander’s End hosted by Gary Sanders and his wife, Beverly Kincade. Clay plays the cello so we did flute and cello duets, some Teleman and celtic tunes, and he improvised while I sang some jazz numbers. How fun! This is another event STARCO, the Steelville Arts Council puts on.

Put July 4th on your calendar as I will be performing at the Meramec Winery from 6 to 10pm. I may have some special guests.

Bliss Hippy invited me to come to the studio and lay down some flute tracks for their upcoming cd. It is always a pleasure to play on their original songs.

Here I am with Bliss Hippy, Maureen and Richard Hall in the studio taking a group selfie in the recording studio!

Plus I’ve heard some great music this month. Tuatha Dea, who perform a celtic world style music, and  Sharon Knight with Winter, who describe their music as Neo-Folk Romantique were highlights of a concert at the Focal Point in St. Louis. I love the tribal sounds of all the percussion Tuatha Dea use, it really gets one up dancing. They started out as a family drum circle and have grown into an exciting energetic band with great vocals and super tight drumming. Plus they have a didgeridoo . . . swoon! Definitely check out their music.
Also on the bill were Murphy’s Midnight Rounders and Brian “Boo” Greenway.

Look at this line up of percussion, instruments, singing and more!
Sharon Knight sang her heart out with her partner Winter!

Sharon Knight and Winter

How do you make money as a musician?

Music and Money Quizzes

How much do you know about money and music, and the copyright laws, licenses and agreements that frequently determine who gets paid, and how much? Take one – or all – of these quizzes and see how you measure up!

Here is a little quiz to test your knowledge on how musicians make money. I took the first level and got %80, now I’m wondering what the next levels will show me.


Happy May Day!

erika may music - happy lily

erika may music – happy lily


Good Morning Spring! it is wet and warming up. The early spring blooms are here, lily, trillium, spring beauties, buttercups, Blue bonnets,










The trillium were especially potent harbingers of spring, the May Apples are blooming, but I have yet to see any morels!! and the Dogwoods and Redbuds are in full bloom!!


erika may music - trillium

erika may music – trillium












The dogwoods with their iconographic death and rebirth theme!

erika may music - dogwood blooms

erika may music – dogwood blooms










and I can get lost in contemplating the beauty of nature while forest bathing under these trees!

erika may music - spring forest

erika may music – spring forest

Bliss Hippy @ the Public House Brewing Company

Last night was so special as I had the opportunity to sit in on the flute with some very musically talented and kind hearted people, Bliss Hippy! They performed at the Public House Brewing Company. Bliss Hippie is fronted by Maureen and Richard Hall. they write most of their own material which can sometimes be called a little controversial and have a lovely selection of cover tunes. They call it “Psychadelic Folk”! Two Bliss Hippy songs placed in the top-five category of the Great American Song Contest.

Maureen has a strong alto voice and puts elemental feelings into the songs she sings – no one is immune to her rich, captivating and soulful singing! Richard has won awards for his songwriting! His songs are direct statements of what he believes told in bold, sometimes funny, and always entertaining style. Joe adds his love of musical styles as he plays groovy and intelligent guitar. His solos rock out!

Maureen, Richard, and Joe

Maureen, Richard, and Joe

Bliss Hippie - Maureen Hall

Maureen Hall blissing out!

Bliss Hippie - Maureen and Richard

Maureen and Richard Hall perform @ the Public House Brewing Company in Rolla, MO

Southern Gospel Concert

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to go to my first Southern Gospel concert. The concert featured the Whisnants in performance at the Meramec Music Theater in Steelville, Mo. I was given the heads up about the concert by Sharon Hardecke, who runs Hardecke Real Estate in Steelville. Sharon introduced me to several interesting people from Steelville this evening! Thank you!

The Whisnants are a family band that has been performing gospel music for 43 years. The band is known for their wonderful harmonies and strong voices. I was impressed by the tight harmonies and the energetic performance. They really put their hearts into the performance and there is no doubt as to the sincerity of their mission to spread the gospel.

Here are a few photos I took that evening:

the Whisnants father - sons the Whisnants praising The Whisnants trio