New CD out now! ‘Close to Home’ available @ www.continental.nl (CRScecd52)
It’s been seven years since ‘Sweet Oblivion’ was released, but in May 2014 Eric Devries’ third album ‘Close to Home’ will be hitting the shelves. Was the delay a case of ‘seven years’ bad luck’, or an example of ‘life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans’? Neither and both. As the title, ‘Close to Home’, suggests, this album is his most biographical so far. Love and goodbyes, life and death, regrets and starting over – set against a background of different places and spaces. Devries sings about his hometown Amsterdam in one song, and takes the listener on a road trip through places like Tulsa, Birmingham – and even Jerusalem – in another. The themes that Devries uses to paint a picture in song – at times up close and personal, and others tongue in cheek – are a wry and rocking celebration of life with all its ups and downs. The 70’s singer-songwriter storytelling tradition but with a modern twist.
December 2007 saw the release of dutch singersongwriter Eric Devries’ second solo cd.
Titled “Sweet Oblivion” is recorded with his new band ‘The Easy’ but also contains three songs recorded in Tulsa, U.S.A. while Devries was on tour there in the spring of 2005.
With his debut solo cd “Little of a Romeo” Eric Devries launched himself to the top of the dutch Americana/folk scene, almost out of nowhere but not quite. At one time Eric Devries fronted “The Big Easy”,
an amsterdam band reknowned for their acoustic approach towards catchy poprocktunes where Devries’ songwriting skills first became adamant. They came in second in Hollands biggest talent competion and got airplay on both national radio as well as national tv. They toured The Netherlands and Switzerland but failed to land a record deal and quit in 1996. Devries reinvented himself and went solo and toured the netherlands, often performing together as an acoustic singersongwriter duo with BJ Baartmans. In 2004 Devries released his debut cd which was very well received in the alt. country / americana / folk scene.
With “Sweet Oblivion” Devries bridges the gap between his more band orientated past with his solo work of the present. With these 12 songs Devries once more proves his songwriting skills.
More info: www.ericdevries.info
Edited by easyrecords on 7 Jun 2014, 10:57
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