Eric French - New music with an old touch

Overlooking a stonewalled yard and forest beyond, a cozy studio in an old family home nestled in rural Maine shakes with simultaneous purpose and abandon.  Resophonic blues swirled with swaggering rock 'n roll and N'awleans boogie has been germinating since a retreat to northern New England 2 years ago.  A departure from his past efforts, new perspective with a focus on the strength of his writing has artist Eric French flying higher than ever before.

A son of Providence, RI, cancer survivor from a young age, and present day troubadour with hundreds of thousands of miles on the road in the name of performance behind him, a thankful Eric has bloomed here in the northeast as an artist for years.  Phoenix Music Awards, shared stages with blues legends like Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson & Joe Louis Walker, and relentless development have kept a career in original music possible.  Shows at Lupo's & The Met in his hometown, blues clubs Johnny D's & Theodore's in Boston and western Massachussetts, and classic New York City venues The Sidewalk Cafe & The Bitter End feature his bright soulful voice, bell-like slidework, and joyful electric guitar playing.

Recently Eric often performs solo with his single-cone National and Collings dreadnought while stomping on a cigar box, staying close to his blues guitar-slinger/ songwriter roots.  Yet, as a growing artist, over 2014 Eric has expanded his palette to include a wealth of new voices, sharing his vision with the most impressive ensemble he’s ever gathered.  More than a cast of accompanists, a specific 7 piece troupe combines as The French Quarter to forge a signature sound, a modern vintage.  Big bands put out big sound, and the current example set by the likes of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band has been sincerely taken to heart.

Hailing mostly from around the region, with a few strong roots reaching far west to the rest of the country, a vast pool of influence and style is honed into a singular statement.  Musical educations informed by obsessions with acoustic and electric blues, R&B, jazz, funk, americana and hard rock are distilled and recombined to give life to original songwriting, presented in an organic yet deliberate way.

Releasing the new single, “Drivin” with a reimagined presence and refocused motivation guided by Hayes Design and manager Rishona Nili, Eric is touring regionally with The Quarter, and preparing for the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in which he has been selected to compete as a solo artist this coming January.

The Quarter

Eric has expanded his palette to include a wealth of new voices, sharing his vision with the most impressive ensemble he’s ever gathered.  More than a cast of accompanists, a specific 7 piece troupe combines as The French Quarter to forge a signature sound, a modern vintage.  Big bands put out big sound, and the current example set by the likes of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band has been sincerely taken to heart.

On bass and drums, still providing an earthquake of rhythm and blues to ride, Iowa City’s Craig Weiman and Norfolk’s Tim Carman set an intimidating precedent for what it means to interpret a song.  Enveloping that base with a textural grace unachievable without vintage tools and an old soul to match, Brendan Moore steps up from back home in Rhode Island with a Hammond B3 organ and a Fender Rhodes electric piano.  To add an integral piece of magick, Allston’s Kristin Santangelo and Caitlyn O’Brien weave both alluring and terrifying resonances o’er the top with voices reminiscent of dark Fleetwood Mac.  Stars align as Bethany Weiman’s rich, expressive cello conjures further beauty still, tugging at heart strings as she bows across hers.

Hailing mostly from around the region, with a few strong roots reaching far west to the rest of the country, a vast pool of influence and style is honed into a singular statement.  Musical educations informed by obsessions with acoustic and electric blues, R&B, jazz, funk, americana and hard rock are distilled and recombined to give life to original songwriting, presented in an organic yet deliberate way.

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Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.

- Jimi Hendrix -

 

If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.

- Keith Richards -

 

 

good feeling blues music with a side of rock n' roll coming soon.


 

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