The Cushing Historical Society’s first program of its seasonal Music in the Barn series will feature singer/songwriter Kristin Erickson. The performance will take place Friday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cushing Historical Society's barn on Hathorn Point Road.

Erickson, currently based in Salt Lake City, decided she wanted to be a folksinger when she was 8 years old. Growing up in Minnesota, she was raised on music — church choir, Broadway show tunes, classical and country — and was blessed with piano lessons and school band with clarinet and oboe. But it was the music of the 1960s that really captured her attention and her heart. She left school in her mid-teens to pursue her music full-time.

Erickson performed for many years, based in Minneapolis, throughout the upper Midwest. Most of her performances were solo, just her voice and acoustic guitar, although she did put in a year with Minnesota country legends The Sky Blue Water Boys. High points from those early days included opening sets for Tom Rush, Wendy Waldman and Odetta.

Her performances these days consist primarily of her original songs, but also include songs of talented friends she has had the pleasure of knowing through the years and a few choice covers from artists such as Patti Griffin, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits. She released her first CD, "See What the Morning Brings," in 2006.

Admission is free, with donations accepted. The next Music in the Barn performance will present VoXX: Voice on Twenty Sunday, July 14, at 3 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.