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Erik Koskinen

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Erik Koskinen releases Cruising Paradise, featuring six new songs on Real-Phonic Records on 11/24/17

Minnesota-based singer and songwriter Erik Koskinen’s new EP Cruising Paradise
features six songs that were recorded over the past few years but never planned to be
released until now. “I’ve been working on all kinds of projects the past few years and
have written a lot of new songs,” says Koskinen. “But these six seemed to have a thread
all the way through, a story from song one to song six.”

The title, “Cruising Paradise,” was an homage to Sam Shepard, the actor and writer who
died earlier this year. “Shepard’s death is a significant loss to me. This has been a year
where we’ve lost giants. Pioneers in literature and music are gone. Who’s gonna step up
and fill the vacuum?”

Tom Garneau recorded the first single from the EP, “Broke Down,” at Real-Phonic
Studios in the summer of 2016. Guitarists Mike LeBeau and Paul Bergen, bassist Steve
Garrington, and drummer JT Bates are featured on the track and video available on

Cruising Paradise follows Erik Koskinen’s first three albums, America Theatre, Live At
the Real-Phonic Radio Hour, and Keep It to Yourself,
all released on Koskinen’s own
label Real-Phonic Records.

Cruising Paradise EP
1. Broke Down
2. Free Man
3. On Christmas Day
4. Red Dress Girl
5. Big Machine
6. Cruising Paradise The Long Way Around

“Whether his songs are autobiographical or not, Koskinen can craft an old blues tune that
speaks to everyone, a song that is more than the sum of its parts…” -City Pages

“There’s a wonderful raggedness and weary white-flag-waving to the EP that seems to sum up 2017 pretty well…” -Star Tribune


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