Monmouth County, though still in “recovery mode” after Super Storm Sandy, is lucky enough to have three emerging major talents (also of the female persuasion) to make it feel like “home” again. And while there may be more than that, I’ve narrowed it down to just three for the purposes of this article! That’s no small task, believe you me, but in this case it wasn’t so difficult after all; let’s take a look at Emily Grove, Tara Elliot, & Eryn Shewell. Chances are you’ve heard these names before –but until you’ve heard their music you’re missing more than half of the picture! And while they all perform in and around Asbury Park here in Monmouth, their successes take them beyond our County, beyond New Jersey, and dare I say even further! All three of these women are headed for international stardom and deservedly so…
Emily Grove has just finished recording a new album and a European tour through Scotland, England & Ireland in support of it. This is especially big news since she toured with David Ford, who’s getting a lot of attention across the pond. Even bigger news is that internationally acclaimed producer, Jason Rubal, of Seventh Wave Studios who has become famous for making some of the “most edgy and unique records” has produced her lastest work! While Ms. Grove may site artists such as Dolores Riordan (Cranberries) and Alanis Morrisette as influences, she’s been compared stylistically in respected music magazines like The Aquarian to legends like Carly Simon, Carole King and John Prine. When I see pictures of her in her preferred authentic Victorian garb all I can think of is Rasputina! She performs regularly with Glen Burtnik, an international artist who made his mark playing with Styx most notably, perhaps. Ms. Grove has won a handful of local music awards including Asbury Music Awards as well as Jersey Acoustic Music Awards.
Fellow Top Female Vocalist Asbury Music Award winner, Tara Elliot has been called “The Bastard Child of Janis Joplin and the Stooges” by Thomaxe of New York Waste Newspaper. If that’s a lot to live up to, Ms. Elliot certainly delivers through her live shows. Show up and you might get to see Emily Grove painted completely in gold paint while Elliot rips into “Goldfinger” –a song immortalized by Shirley Bassey in a 1964 James Bond film. Or maybe you’ll catch a rendition of “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights” by the likes of Mr. Entertainment himself, Tony Clifton! Tara Elliott and her band, The Red Velvets, is a bluesy-punk power trio driven by Tara’s red-hot vocals. Their sound is said to reflect iconic influences by artists like: Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, The Velvet Underground, & The White Stripes as well as Iggy Pop & the Stooges. Tara has also been invited to join Glen Burtnick on stage for his Summer of Love concert at the Count Basie Theater which is where she first worked with Emily Grove. Chris Rotolo, Editor in Chief of Speak into My Good Eye, wrote: “ I’ve said it before and will continue to stress that Tara Elliott and company is in the top tier of Rock N’ Roll acts to call the Jersey Shore Its home.” Tara is in negotiations now with management that’s worked with some of the biggest names in rock ‘n roll. You can catch Tara Elliot and The Red Velvets at The Crossroads in Garwood, NJ on May 2nd or May 9th when you’ll be able to win a G & L Tribute Series ASAT Guitar! To see more of what Tara’s up to, click here to get the latest.
Eryn Shewell has been nominated for Asbury Music Awards since she hit the scene in 2007 and was took home Top Female Vocalist in 2009. She did it again in 2011 and her band won Top Blues Band that same year! This year she signed with Blue Raven Entertainment and is working on her third album, the self-titled, “Eryn Shewell” with her new band The Whiskey Devils. Known as the Jewel of New Jersey, it has been said that Eryn’s incredible vocals have the capability to give even the most hardened critic chills. Eryn sang with the country band Sundance for 10 years, landing the gig at the tender age of 13. She sang back up with Jody Joseph and the Average Joes and spent several months with national touring outfit, “Soul Project” and Walter “Wolfman” Washington down in New Orleans. You can catch her debuting her new album and band at Tim McCloone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park on Sunday, June 2. The fun begins at 6pm and also features performances by Alice Leon, Jeffrey Gaines and Sandy Mack. For ticket’s to Eryn’s upcoming band and record debut, click here for tickets: erynshewell.com/tickets.
Things are warming up here in Monmouth County and down on the shore where much love and support is needed. They’re will be plenty of opportunities to rebuild, help out, do the right thing. They’re will also be times when you’ll want to kick back and take advantage of some of the local beauty that we enjoy here… Make sure to take some time to get to know some of these beauties as well: Emily Grove, Tara Elliot, and Eryn Shewell. They’re all very different artists with a few common elements: they’re Monmouth gals, they’re incredibly gifted, and they’re going places!