Talented bluegrass musician trades in tour with virtual concerts that give back

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — You could say Erin Lunsford was born a musician.

Erin’s entire family plays bluegrass music. Growing up she says family gatherings were centered around jamming bluegrass tunes. Erin’s mother is a bluegrass guitarist and teacher based out of Fincastle, Virginia. Following in her other’s footsteps, at age eleven Erin picked up bluegrass guitar. She performed alongside her mother throughout high school and then in college started playing the banjo.

In college, after exploring majors and career paths, it clicked… music was her true calling.

“Music just always feels like the best way to connect with people. It made me feel most vulnerable but also most fulfilled at the same time. It’s challenging but it’s also a beautiful way for me to connect with people and put my emotion out there into the world, so it just felt like the right thing for me.  

Erin Lunsford, musician

Erin’s first full-length album, The Damsel debuted today.  However, the tour to promote the album she worked so hard on has come to a halt. Erin says that everything seemed to hit the fan on March 13th.

“That’s when everybody started to talk to each other and the music community and say it’s our duty to reschedule and cancel things. It just dawned on me that all of this work, time, and money that I put into my tour was canceled just like that. I was devastated. I still am heartbroken but I feel better now than I did at the time.”

Erin Lunsford, musician

Despite the obstacles Erin encountered, she hasn’t hung up her hat. In fact, she is flipping the experience around and choosing to bring light into an otherwise dark situation; using her musical talents to reach, teach, and support others through weekly live streams.

“I’m trying to connect with people. Make them feel engaged, you know make it feel like an intimate performance from their own living room and I’m coupling those with a donation to charity. So each show has a charity that will benefit. I’m collecting proceeds and donations to help me get through during this time with no work, and also a portion of proceeds will go to charity. Each week I’ve featured a different charity. I’ve done the Richmond Virginia Public Schools Education fund, I’ve done Blue Ridge Area Food Banks, Central Virginia Food Bank, and also Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. “

Erin Lunsford, musician

The Blue Ridge Area food Bank called Erin a hunger hero, but not only is she trying to make sure others are being fed, she is nurturing minds with music by offering online voice lessons. It is by simply sharing her gifts that she is helping others get by during a difficult time.

“In this really strange and unprecedented time I hope that music feels like a way through for people. I hope that it makes them feel connected and takes away the worries of the world.”

Erin Lunsford, musician

For information on Erin Lunsford’s album, The Damsel, click here. To catch a glimpse of a virtual performance, click here.  

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