Erin Rae, "Can't Cut Loose"
Nashville can be a competitive place, but it can also be a collaborative one. Erin Rae, a gifted singer-songwriter, has never seemed to shy away from lending her vocals – which evoke the effortlessness of Nick Drake with the velvet coo of Mary Travers – to the projects of her friends, like Margo Price and Andrew Combs. But her solo work, particularly her new track "Can't Cut Loose," feels equally generous – just in emotion, this time. From her forthcoming LP Putting on Airs (on Single Lock Records), it's a hauntingly honest folksong for the frank, modern mind. M.M.