In their decade-long career, Thunder and Rain has shared the stage with Billy Strings, Krueger Brothers, Peter Rowan, AJ Lee and Blue Summit and Brothers Comatose.
Thunder and Rain's song “Run With You” Was selected for the IBMA Songwriter Showcase 2023!
With her clear, angelic voice and memorable pop/country melodies, Erinn Peet Lukes leads her band Thunder and Rain. The acoustic outfit, composed of Laura Ray on banjo and Amelia Ransom on fiddle, executes Lukes’ songs with expert bluegrass-style picking, skilled dynamics and rich three-part harmony. Their show takes the listener on a journey through the band’s story-telling lyrics and singable, get-stuck-in-you-head choruses.
Lukes didn't know anything about bluegrass or country when she wrote her first song at thirteen in her hometown of Redondo Beach, California. She pursued her love of performing original songs through major music hubs like Seattle and New York City, until she landed in Golden, CO in 2013. She began to explore bluegrass jams in the Denver area, where she would eventually meet the band’s first line up of musicians. Thunder and Rain recorded their first record in 2014, and their second in 2017. For eight years, the band toured across the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK. Their bluegrass covers of popular songs have amassed hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Thunder and Rain released their third album, Passing in the Night, January 2020. The pandemic thwarted big tour plans, and put the band (and album promotion) on indefinite hiatus.
At the end of 2020 Lukes' packed her bags and moved to Nashville, TN, where she met Ransom and Ray through friends in the bluegrass community. They hit it off right away, and decided to reform the band and start again in Music City. Now the group is touring again, playing major festivals, and opening for other up-and-coming groups such as AJ Lee and Blue Summit and Rachel Sumner and Traveling Light. They are releasing an EP of brand new music in early Spring 2024.