Raised in small-town northern Minnesota, singer-songwriter Aaron Espe writes tunes “…as delicate as his soft spoken voice,” says American Songwriter, “about the simple joys and occasional frustrations of life…[sometimes cloaking] his easy going lyrics in complex conceptual ideas.” Espe got his start by opening for the folk duo Storyhill in Minneapolis before dropping out of college to tour on his own. His career has taken him across the U.S. and overseas, playing in coffee shops, bars, churches, and even the occasional yoga studio. He has released five solo albums, a Christmas EP, and several singles. Nettwerk Records released the EP Through Frozen Forests in 2012, which peaked at #7 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. In October of 2015, his song “Beyond the Sun” was recorded by the Nashville Cast (feat. Lennon Stella) and aired on ABC. Among other coveted placements, Espe’s recordings have been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, The Fosters, and the documentary film Where the Yellowstone Goes, as well as commercials by Sainsbury’s, Volkswagen and Toys “R” Us. A resident of Nashville, Tennessee, Espe often performs songwriter rounds at local venues The Basement and Bluebird Café.
“Espe wears hats of Damien Rice, John Mayer, and James Taylor without any of the fanfare, arrogance, or preconception. [Songs from a Small Town] is the perfect collection of unknown folk songs. Instantly singable, effortlessly lovable, and incredibly well for the wear.”
“[Songs from a Small Town] transports you into Espe’s world and you will be better off for having visited.”
“[‘My Whole Life’] One of the top 20 CDs we’ve found anywhere in the last year.”
“[His] music is honest and true. A real breath of fresh air in an ocean of superficiality — with songwriting that reveals the insight of a skilled poet twice his age.”
Ron Craighead, KGLT Radio
“Hearing his music is like the experience of not realizing how thirsty you are until you start drinking….There’s no doubt that this is some of the most gorgeous male folk music you’ll hear.”
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