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North State Songwriter Paints Whiskeytown Landscape from Memory

Whiskeytown Blue was written by Erin Friedman of Cottonwood, Calif.

The song, "Whiskeytown Blue," was composed by Cottonwood songwriter Erin Friedman. It is a tribute to the beauty of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, whose landscape was ravaged after the Carr Fire in July of 2018.

Posted: Oct 13, 2018 10:31 AM
Updated: Oct 15, 2018 10:26 AM

WHISKEYTOWN NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Calif. - Songwriter Erin Friedman of Cottonwood has been painting Whiskeytown Lake by memory, because she says it looks a lot different now since the Carr Fire wreaked havoc on the landscape in July of 2018.

The professional songwriter has penned a new song as a tribute to the lake and her memories of what it used to look like. She calls the new song, "Whiskeytown Blue."

Here are the words to one of the verses, where Friedman talks about the vibrancy of the area before the fire, and the lack of color in the aftermath.

"Morning dew on silver strands,

Red manzanita and Shasta clay,

Before the flames of July raised through Paradise,

Leaving nothing behind but shades of gray."

Now, Friedman is painting by memory to capture "Whiskeytown, the way it used to be."

She laments that she has, "Tried every shade, tried every hue... Rock me away, Whiskeytown Blue."

You can watch this video to hear the song and see some of Erin Friedman's Whiskeytown "memory" paintings.

Erin Friedman and her husband Craig perform country folk music as the group "Still Married."

Their original tunes shine a light on the landscape, the characters and the independent spirit of far Northern California.

Erin Friedman is also the administrator of the Facebook group, North State Songwriters. She helps to coordinate performances by songwriters throughout the Northern California region.

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