Music permeates almost every corner of Erin Ross’ life. “I spend all day every day playing, talking about, thinking about, teaching, and listening to music,” she says. It makes sense, considering that Erin is a guitar player, band leader, music instructor and radio host.
A seasoned performer, her guitar picking and singing have been heard on stages across western Canada. Blues, rock, country and jazz are the foundation of her performance work.
With four records released, No Rhyme, Sweet Thing, Another Empty Day and Erin Ross and The Martian Time Slip, Erin’s work has received attention and acclaim, with airplay across Canada.
Erin’s first foray into radio was in high school, where she created a weekday morning program on her school’s five-watt radio station. Fast-forward a number of years and she began volunteering at CJSW, the University of Calgary’s radio station, where she currently hosts a guitar-focused show, The Six String Variety Hour. She joined the CKUA gang in 2018.
For her listeners on CKUA, she likes to play a mix of lyrical and instrumental music. ‘I feel they balance each other out,” she says. “When I am tuned into the radio I always find myself wishing there were more instrumental tunes.”
Though Erin’s obsession with music is clearly legitimate, her listeners might be surprised to learn that she is also a diehard football fan. “It’s hands-down my favourite sport and entertainment beyond music,” she says.
The Decibel Meter
The Decibel Meter is an exploration of heavy grooves: from the classic metal sounds of bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica to the experimental rock stylings of groups like Mahogany Frog and Primus to the fuzzed out vibes of Woodhawk, Fu Manchu and Truckfighters and the DIY Punk aesthetic of groups like D.O.A. and the Farrell Brothers.
The Departure Lounge