I'm Erica Case.
I play Rock 'N Roll rhythm guitar. I got my first guitar and amp when I was 13 and have been playing ever since.
The influences for my earlier music were artists like Avril Lavigne and Sixpence None The Richer.
But I grew out of that sound and my newest songs have been heavily influenced by The Runaways, Joan Jett and the 70's/80's in general; not to mention the Ramones, including my undying love for Joey Ramone.
I am also very inspired by the wildly colorful punk-rock scene of those decades.
Aside from some good friends that were talented musicians, I have never had a steady band.
I believe if you want something done, you just do it for yourself, and that's what I'm doing.
So don't settle for mediocrity.
I'm the real deal.
This is my 77 year old grandmother, Bessie Lanning. She is a legend in her own right.
From growing up hard in the hills of West Virginia, she ran away to the big city of Cleveland, Ohio and made a business for herself as a cosmetologist and owner of her own hair salon. There she met my grandfather and fellow musician Floyd Lanning.
(his life story on the second page)
My grandparents Bessie and Floyd had my mom, Tara in '67, who also is a singer now, and moved with Marty to his farm in Franklin, TN shortly after. During the time they spent living there, both my grandparents were trying to make something of themselves in the country music world.
My grandmother, Bessie, is self-taught and sang on a local radio station at 17 as well as the famous Ernest Tubb Record shop in her thirties thanks to my grandfather and grandmother's close friendship with fellow established country musicians: Carl and Pearl Butler.
Neither of my grandparents ever got their break in country music due to Marty Robbins and circumstance, but despite the tough events in their lives, my grandmother inherited my grandfather's guitar and continues to play music still today.
She taught me at the age of 12 and I am honored to play along side her still singing country music and good ole rock 'n roll.
Please check out our podcast my grandmother Bessie and I do!
We talk country music, rock 'n roll, Nashville and interview celebrities!
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Check out my grandmother's badass EP with songs she wrote through the 60's and 70's!