Erica Blinn has her sophomore album almost finished up. Almost.


“Once we finish up tracking (on the album), which is becoming difficult as we are all spread out. I think the only thing we have to do is put the horns on it; hopefully, we will get to do that in the next couple of months,” Blinn said. “

A move to Nashville in October 2015 has led to Blinn and her bandmates and producer being spread between the Country Music Capital of the World and Columbus, Ohio.


Blinn brings her style of roots rock to Jergel’s on Feb. 7.


“For this new record, we started it in Columbus. We flew the producer to Nashville, and we did a week in a studio here with all the guys that we have been playing with,” Blinn said. “Then, we went back to Columbus, where Mike has a studio. It has been really complicated trying to coordinate. There are so many people that have played on this record. It is awesome. It is not one sort of band.”


Blinn thinks the new record will be different than her 2014 debut, “Lovers in the Dust.”


“I think it is different, but it is not like an 180 or anything kind of significant change. The first record was pretty much the songs were written by me or me and Colin. On this upcoming record, moving to Nashville has meant meeting new people and writing with different people. It is exciting having different people than you are used to and, then, getting to have the best of both worlds (of the old and new).”


Music has been a part of Blinn’s life from early on. Her father, Jerry, was in Black Leather Touch, a noted band out of Columbus. He helped to steer his daughter’s career early on.


“When I was a really little kid, I have always been around music. I’ve always wanted to be a singer. My dad encouraged me at a very young age to start writing songs. Basically through my dad, he introduced me to his friend Delyan Christian. Delyan taught me how to play the harmonica. I started taking harmonica lessons from him when I was about 14. Within a few months, I had gotten up on stage with my dad and uncle. It was my first experience really playing with a band. I learned a couple of songs on guitar and on harmonica. It was really fun. I think even my sister was on stage that day, but she wasn’t super excited about it afterward, like I was.”


From then, Blinn kept taking lessons and kept up an interest in songwriting.


“I, then, started just asking people if I could play with them. My dad was driving me around to these bars. I think my dad had a lot of relationships (formed) with a lot of the people either that were in the bands or the bar owners because he had been doing it for so long too.


“In high school and college, I played in a bunch of cover bands. I was still trying to write songs.

After college, I got more serious about it. Growing up, I had been a fan of this band called Watershed. I kept going to their shows and introducing myself over and over to them. Colin Gawel was one of the frontmen of the group. I ended up going to see him one night at the Rumba Cafe. He asked me, ‘Hey you are pretty serious about this right?’ He basically said that he wanted to help me. He wanted to hear what I was writing. I did that, and we started writing together. He owns a coffee shop, and when the coffee shop closed, we would go and work on tunes. He introduced me to Mike Landolt, who has produced my EP, my first full length and we are currently tracking for the second full-length release.”


Keeping Blinn busy for most of February will be a tour of Ohio, and then she heads to Florida.


“I leave on the 17th through the 26th; I’m in Florida with my friend, Van Darien. We are doing a duo acoustic/songwriter tour.”


Then it is back to the studio to finish up the work on her second album.


“We are thinking March we might get the horns in. Then we have to mix it and master it. Do the artwork. Get a publicist, and they need three months lead time. So, summer would be great. I hope it doesn’t get too far into the fall.”