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.
With the release of the new single, “Drivin”, 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.