If you're a fan of straight-up, feel-good, rock n' roll music, you'll enjoy The Eric Stuart Band! Nashville Offbeat went to see them perform at The 5 Spot on Wednesday, June 5th, and was impressed by how tight this five-piece band was. Comprised of two guitars, bass, drums, and violin, this group never missed a beat! Their years of practice and touring were easily noted by their cohesiveness onstage.
Though several of their tunes had the same song form, the lyrics made up for it with poetic storytelling mixed with the direct edginess that is rock music. They played songs about silver linings, and had one dubbed an "Anti-Valentines Day" song, but for often melancholic subject matter, they have an upbeat feel to their sound.
Each player in the Eric Stuart Band is incredibly talented! Lead guitarist, Chas Holland, played beautifully, with passion seeping from each note during his solos. Bassist John Fox held down the groove while singing harmonies that melted into Eric Stuart's lead vocals. Four-time Grammy Award winning engineer, Joe Palmaccio, kept the beat on drums with rock-solid timing and tasteful fills. And we can't forget Maria Conti on violin, offering a different flavor to a classic rock vibe.
The Eric Stuart Band plays out frequently here in Nashville. Follow them on Facebook and check out Eric Stuart's website to stay up to date!
I love how stripped down this song is. In a world full of over-production and being as loud as you can, “Sidewalk” is an easy-breezy breath of fresh air.
“What’d You Think” was performed, recorded, and shot live on Delmarva Life TV in Maryland earlier this year. I found their performance to be full of passion, emotion, and life.
For instance, the band laments the trials and tribulations of dating a vegan: …
You’re in the sky, grazing the moon with your hands, rearranging stars, and smiling wistfully. This is where my mind takes me when I hear “Are You The Girl” by Kira Hooks, just released on April 17th, 2018.
With a little bit of sass, blues, and rock n’ roll, Lauren Anderson is bringing us a song reminiscent of early Grace Potter. Released March 30th, “The Game” is a head-banger that will pump you up and empower your day!
Released on April 17th, I find “Body Language,” to be timeless, sexy and beautifully produced, and think that you will too.
Capturing the essence of drama, the pain of heartbreak, and the freedom of letting go, “Strangers” is a beautifully written song about the romantic tragedy of losing a part of your identity in someone else.
He’s waiting for a call from someone in an emptiness that extends beyond his physical being.
One of my favorite songs on the album, “Just Wanna Meet You”, puts into words the longing we all feel to find someone to live our lives with. The idea that there’s a person out there meant just for you is one that brings comfort to all the hopeless romantics of the world.
The video features the band playing in Somer’s garage/rehearsal space, cut with kaleidoscope-like outdoor and driving scenes, giving an overall feeling of psychedelic displacement and trippiness (you may want to break out the sticky-icky for this one, gang).