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Americana Rocker Erica Blinn

Video: "Choices"
Video: "Headed for Disaster"

Five years from now, Erica Blinn envisions cruising the country on a luxury tour bus, traveling from town to town, playing to full arenas and simply "living the dream." But for now, Blinn continues her path down the road less traveled, and that means packing her PT Cruiser for a two-week journey that will take her from her Columbus, OH, home to the Carolinas and into the Sunshine State for her first national headlining tour.

Fans attending one of Blinn's eight stops on the World of Beer tour can expect to hear an unforgettable performance that has wowed audiences in the Midwest for years. But the heartland's secret is about to be exposed.

Blinn's most recent releases have begun to get radio air play in Ohio, and she hopes that with more people seeing her high-energy performances as she spreads her wings outside of her home base, the number of stations willing to take a chance on playing her Americana rock anthems will begin to increase. Many doors have already begun to open. For instance, Choices and Headed for Disaster, two of the more renowned songs off of her self-titled album, are being featured nationally within the music
rotation at all World of Beer locations throughout the country.

But there's nothing like seeing a live performance and falling in love with the exultation that rises from your soul. And that's exactly what Blinn hopes will get her noticed and finally enable her to transition from living the dream to making a living. A veteran of regional tours and having already released an EP,
Blinn hopes to break through the glass ceiling and make a name for herself as a female rock star. And why not? It fits her against-the-grain personality. When not performing or writing, Blinn can be found tearing the engine out of an old motorcycle to make it perform more to her liking.

"I tore the engine (883 ccs) apart and had the cylinders bored out to 1200 ccs then I re-built the engine with 1200 pistons," she says, reminiscing about one of her more recent mechanical projects, a hobby not necessarily expected to be so cherished by a female. But neither is digging graves, which is one of
the many jobs Blinn carried out while working through college as an employee of the City of Dublin (OH).

Some people fall in line. Others walk all over it. Count Blinn in the latter category. "Some people may think my enjoying rebuilding engines and riding motorcycles is weird, but some people think it's weird for a female to be playing rock and roll," said Blinn. "It's hard for females to be successful in rock and roll. That's something my dad told me from an early age. He said it's easier in country (music), which it is. But that's not who I am."

"A lot of people don't see performing and writing music as a legitimate career goal," she said. "They see
it as just something fun to do or a hobby. They expect you to go to college, pick a career, and put the
dream down. And for me it's kind of an internal struggle with my mom and the rest of the world."
But for the naysayers, Blinn has one message - "stay out of my way."

After the World of Beer tour, it's back on the road for performances in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New
York, and Louisville. After that, the studio beckons, where Blinn will be working on her next release. Next summer is expected to be filled with stops at music festivals across the country, maybe even in a van, a step up from the ol' PT Cruiser.

But soon, likely in the not-too-distant future, Blinn's shining star will burn even brighter, illuminating the way as she entertains audiences with her unique style of Americana rock, living the dream from the comfort of a Silver Eagle and relishing her arrival via the road less traveled.

WORLD OF BEER MUSIC TOUR 2012 STARRING ERICA BLINN
Performing at the following Bay Area World of Beer locations
July 12 South Tampa, FL
July 13 Carrollwood, FL
July 14 Downtown St. Pete, FL

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