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Quality before quantity. That is the principal local blues singer/guitarist Erin Ross is operating on when she releases her two song vinyl single 'Sweet Thing' at Mikey's Juke Joint tonight. You can't blame her. Teaching guitar by day and playing gigs at night isn't exactly a formula for wealth. It does however hone your musical skills which becomes apparent when you listen to Ross' honey vocals on the reworked public domain tune 'Sweet Thing,' not to mention her deft country blues finger picking on the instrumental 'Red Carpet Rag.'

It all started for Ross at age nine when she first picked up a guitar. By high school she was into blues based guitarists such as Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. "Then I started looking for the guys who inspired the guys I liked," says Ross. "Blues guys like Mississippi John Hurt, he's a definite influence on my playing."

The set list at Ross' gigs pays homage to a lots of roots music greats from Patsy Cline to Lightning Hopkins. And true to Ross' own writing style there's not a lot of weepy introspection in the tunes she plays. "I try and tell a story with my songs" says Ross. "I am far less concerned about my own emotions and feelings about things."