Erin McCarley: Spirited And Melodic : World Cafe In the midst of hundreds of artists, McCarley still stood out at the 2008 South by Southwest music festival. Her debut album, Love, Save the Empty, pulls off a key element of pop greatness, marrying reflective lyrics with memorable tunes. She performs songs from the album in a session from WXPN.

Erin McCarley: Spirited And Melodic

Erin McCarley in Studio on World Cafe 1/22/09

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Erin McCarley in Studio on World Cafe 1/22/09

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Set List

"Blue Suitcase"

"Love, Save the Empty"

"Pony"

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With hundreds of new artists each playing several shows a day, it's not easy to get noticed at the South by Southwest music festival. But Erin McCarley broke out at the Austin-based festival last year, with a set drawn from what would become her debut record, Love, Save the Empty.

The music of the Nashville singer-songwriter pulls off a key element of pop greatness, marrying reflective lyrics with spirited, melodic tunes. In a session with host David Dye, McCarley describes how her travels have endowed her with several "hometowns," and explains why she began to write her own lyrics.