America’s New (Singer/Songwriter) Sweetheart

Erin McCarley
The Vic Theatre
Chicago, IL
August 2, 2009

Erin McCarley The Vic Theatre

Thank goodness I went to see the movie He’s Just Not That Into You twice while it was playing at the movie theaters close to my apartment. Quite frankly, it was because of that star-studded film that I became obsessed with the song “Love, Save The Empty” by Erin McCarley. The first time I saw the movie, I walked out of the theater liking what I heard while watching the closing scene (complete with romantic comedy happy ending) and end credits. However, it wasn’t until the second time I went to see the movie a month or so later that I REALLY paid attention to Erin McCarley’s song “Love, Save The Empty.” This time around, I made my friends wait with me until the soundtrack credits rolled up the screen, just so that I could find out who sang that song. Upon reading the name Erin McCarley, I realized that I already had one of her songs, “Pony (It’s OK)” in my iTunes library and on my iPod. I instantly felt ashamed for never taking the time to listen to it since I was now in love with “Love, Save The Empty.”

More photos of my new favorite artist Erin McCarley after the jump!

Erin McCarley The Vic TheatreIf my memory serves me correctly, I had the track “Pony (It’s OK)” because it was one of two things: 1) an iTunes Store Free Single Of The Week download, which I redeem every Tuesday; or 2) a chosen Starbucks Pick of the Week iTunes single on a free download card, which I also collect every week. After seeing He’s Just Not That Into You on Easter Sunday this past April, I attended a Lily Allen concert. Nevertheless, the minute I got home from the show, I proceeded to buy “Love, Save The Empty” on iTunes. I had to have it that instant! The song then ended up consuming my life, day and night, for the next few weeks. It was a song that I could not go one day without listening to at least ten times!

Set List / Chicago


Pony (It’s OK)

Blue Suitcase


Lovesick Mistake

Love, Save The Empty

Tom’s Diner (Suzanne Vega & D.N.A. cover)


Gotta Figure This Out

Now that you know the backstory, you can imagine how thrilled I was to catch Erin McCarley live in concert this past Sunday when she opened up for Paolo Nutini at The Vic Theatre. Surprisingly, Erin either played guitar (both acoustic and electric) or simply sang instrument-less while her live touring band supplied the drums, piano/keyboard, and backing vocals. After hearing the recorded version of “Love, Save The Empty,” I had envisioned McCarley pulling a Sara Bareilles and rocking out on a piano (grand, baby grand, or upright) while playing that song. However, at this concert Erin played her guitar while one of her band members took over keyboard duties during my favorite song. Honestly, I was a little disappointed. For some reason, I thought Erin McCarley was more piano-based versus guitar-based with her music.

Erin McCarley The Vic TheatreI guess having only heard “Pony (It’s OK”) and “Love, Save The Empty” before any of McCarley’s other songs from debut album Love, Save The Empty lead me to believe she was the new piano girl on the music scene. Both tracks sound pretty piano-heavy to me. Well, now I know it’s actually the other way around. Not that I’m complaining. Words can’t explain how jealous I am that McCarley can play guitar, for it has always been an instrument I’ve wanted to learn to play. I got the piano down, but guitar remains a challenge for me.

Now, I hope Erin McCarley doesn’t take offense to the fact that I think she looks just like Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas. And I know I’m not the only one who caught the similarity in the appearance of these two female artists. My friend Becky, who attended the concert with me, agreed 100% when I told her this and said it was one of the first thoughts that passed through her mind upon seeing McCarley walk out on stage. Hopefully (fingers crossed!) Erin takes this observation from myself and Becky as a compliment. Fergie is gorgeous in my opinion! And so is Erin McCarley! The singer/songwriter currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. However, Erin is originally from Dallas, Texas and told the crowd “If you’ve ever seen King Of The Hill, you know what that’s about…” in reference to her hometown.

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  1. Becky says:

    She was AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to see her when she comes back in October!!

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