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Erika Lewis makes traditional jazz and swing music as part of Tuba Skinny, but under her own name releases traditional folk music. Her latest single, "Loser," has this light and modern take on folk while still being rooted in the traditional side of the genre. It's a uplifting song about heartbreak, staying sunny and breezy despite being lyrically much less positive. It's the kind of folk music made by fellow New Orleans musicians like Hurray for the Riff Raff and The Deslondes. (Erika Lewis did much time in the jazz and folk scene in New Orleans, but is now based in Asheville, NC. "Loser" is the kind of song fans of Americana aren't going to be able to resist, and expect to hear it a lot over the summer.