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NEW LINE-UP - NEW ALBUM!
I'm excited to announce that the Eric Street Band has a brand new line-up, and a new album titled 'PURPLE PASSAGE' out now! Scroll down for new video - 'I Like What I See' and others from the album. We've also put up a couple of tracks, 'I Like What I See' and 'Ruby's Bar' - in the ReverbNation music player below. We've also had our first magazine review from Blues Matters!
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* * RADIO PLAY * * the album was featured in its entirety by DJ Marc Field on Coast FM, Australia on Saturday Nov 19th.
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"...Their sound is most certainly blues based but without it being a blues album, with soul, rock and even a little country included in their sound. What is not in question is their musical ability, Gordon is most certainly a very able player, his solos being both empathic and aggressive as needed. The music changes from the heavy rock sound of 'I Like What I See' through the funky beat of 'Ruby’s Bar', the polished blues of 'I’m Coming Home' and 'Payback Time' to the smooth sound of 'Jack The Lad', a gentle ballad suited to dance floor intimacy. Of the four bonus tracks, three are covers, with 'The Thrill Is Gone' covered in a reverential but somewhat different way. Can’t help but think that Dennis sounds somewhat like Stan Webb here. Also covered is Willie Dixon’s 'Hoochie Coochie Man' and Ellington Jordan’s 'I’d Rather Go Blind'. My favourite track is 'Stop, Take A Listen' which opens as a mournful blues before breaking out into a full tilt boogie with Gordon playing screaming slide before returning to the fully controlled slow blues. The band has previously been described as “...mature, polished and well produced”, all of which I totally concur."
Blues Matters magazine UK
"The Eric Street Band are without a doubt one of the finest Blues/Rock bands i have heard. When you listen to one of their CDs like their latest, 'PURPLE PASSAGE' you will be hooked by the pure heartfelt honesty of this band's music. From Track 1 'Payback Time' to Track 13 'I'd Rather Go Blind' they take you on a journey with their music - this band and its lead singer are without peers."
Leslie Kemp - The Crossroads Internet Radio Show, Australia
"Seriously this CD is so alive, so brilliant and altogether great. Man, the partnership between you and Gordon works so well it's fresher than a summer dew on the roses."
Marc Field, Coast FM, Australia
Buy the CD here! The album is 9 original tracks, plus 4 extra Bonus Tracks - over 65 minutes of music in total. Presented in high quality Digipak packaging. Thanks!
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Here's the story behind the album. Last year I decided to reform my old band - the Southside Blues Band - in order to get back to playing live. I recruited Henry Smithson, one of the finest bass-players around, and we handpicked the fabulous Gordon Vaughan on guitar, and the great Simon Price on drums. We played a couple of major gigs and recorded a demo EP - and our version of BB King's 'The Thrill Is Gone' reached No.1 in ReverbNation's Blues chart in the USA. It quickly became clear that this band was a force to be reckoned with in terms of attitude and musicianship, both live and in the studio.
Inspired by this, I decided to start writing material for a new album with Gordon, and over the next 6 months we wrote over 15 songs, from which we chose the 9 best to record. Sadly, Simon had to leave due to other commitments, but we found a great new drummer in Adam J Perry - renowned in Blues circles for his time with the Mick Ralphs (ex Bad Company & Mott The Hoople) Blues Band.
The album was recorded and mixed over a few sessions with Neil Sadler at the controls at his No Machine Studios between July and September.
'Purple Passage' has turned out to be much more than a blues album - the roots are in the blues, but we've got influences from rock & funk in there too. Because of this we didn't want to limit ourselves by using the 'Southside Blues Band' name - and instead we decided to become the new Eric Street Band.
Here's a selection of tracks from 'Purple Passage' and all the currently available albums, from the Eric Street Band's pages on ReverbNation.
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NEW! "I Like What I See" - track 6 on our great new album, "Purple Passage"
NEW! "Ruby's Bar" - track 4 on our great new album, "Purple Passage"
NEW! "Payback Time" - the opening track on our great new album, "Purple Passage"
"The Thrill Is Gone" - our tribute to the late B B King - one of the 4 bonus tracks on our new album, "Purple Passage"
Promo Video for "You Keep On Running" from the previous album, "Across The Board"
NEW! Promo Video for "Gimme My Shoes" from the previous album, "Across The Board"
Here's a video made by one of our fans, for "Reconsider Baby"
Here's another, for "Don't Turn Your Back On Me"