What Would Woody Guthrie Do?

Who's telling the story? That's the first question I consider when I begin writing a new song. For this tune, the storyteller is a business owner -- a business owner who is frustrated, angry and disappointed by the homeless situation…

The Ballad of Lester and Wilbur



Lester and Wilbur just appeared one day - in south Redding just east of I5. Two giant bighorn sheep - they brightened up the morning commute and it turns out they were created by artist Joel Stockdill…


The Other California

We raised our three children in rural Northern California and since they grew up, all three of them have lived abroad.

When they tell people:  "Yes, I'm from California, but..." they find it's not easy to explain Shasta County. It's…

What We Know So Far

We took a long time (two years) to get the Still Strong CD finished. I had planned on putting eleven songs on the album, but this song -- What We Know So Far -- presented itself just a couple months…

A Love Song - with a cameo by Alex Trebek

The routines of married life can get old: "Really? Jeopardy, again?" --  but Love and Sweet Dreams keep us young. Thank goodness. 

We'll perform this duet from our new Still Strong CD on October 20th at The Grape Escape in…

Art in the City: Friday

Celebrate art, culture and original music with the North State Songwriters

  North State Songwriters will present a showcase of original music at Redding City Hall (777 Cypress Ave) during the Fall Art Reception on September 25th. Three different…


What do you with an empty nest? Well, there's painting, purging, cleaning....and songwriting.

This tune is from our upcoming CD, Still Strong. Inspired by our son Max's journey to Israel -- and the many journeys that led up to…

The Drought Song: If You Can't Send Water

In which we attempt to end California's drought by writing a song about it. Get those umbrellas ready.

If You Can’t Send Water
Words and music by Erin Friedman
My morning shower is a dribble from a low-flow shower head…

Cottonwood Celebrates the Arts. And Wine.

What's going on this weekend? According to the Redding Record Searchlight, the #1 Thing to do is happening in Cottonwood on Saturday afternoon:

Craig and I love playing in our own hometown - and we are looking forward to sharing…

Heart Shaped Stones for Valentine's Day

If you're looking for a sweet, sentimental love song to celebrate this day of romance,  keep looking.  But if you like your Valentine's Day tunes with a dose heartbreak and twist of revenge, then go ahead and help yourself to…