This review focuses on a young man, a gifted singer/songwriter, who has written hundreds of songs and also wrote several books by the age of 27. His love of writing shows in the lyrics of his songs. Hailing from the beautiful state of Vermont and rising in the category of Folk/Americana/Rock is Eric George. He reminds me of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and others who blasted on the airwaves with folk rock and easy listening music. Similar to John Denver his style is smooth, warm, and inviting. It’s the way true talented, pure, home grown music is presented.
Eric George, has a passion for writing that runs deep, from the delta blues to early country, and his work is all original. His stock of plays and song list is vast and extensive along with being quite diverse. His vocals are crisp and clean like a fresh crystal clear lake and it’s just as inviting. His ability to entertain a wide age range and varied music interests shows that his talent is pure and genuine.
Recently released on August 23rd, this collection is pure gold. It’s timeless and evergreen. “Not About Nightingales” is the fourth album for George. It is eclectic and filled with cool easy listening for a warm night in the outdoors. This album gives us a taste of fresh folk/blue grass with a twist of Americana country rock.
Track one of this album is “Few Little Lines” and it’s a classic. Reminiscent of childhood memories and thoughts of love letters never read.
It is also apparent through the style and texture of his music that the music is truly part of who he is and not just a lot of rambling words put to a melody. There is deep meaning in his work and a special message to each song.
“A River For Your Dam” is track two and it’s got a lot of familiar feel to it. Its filled with wonderful old time fiddle and cool guitar. I pictured a barn dance and young love.
I loved “Cure For His Soul” it brought visions of old west wagon trails and sitting around the campfire. This would be a nice song for a folk country sing along in downtown Nashville on Beal Street. I really enjoyed that Georges songs always seem to tell a story. Their fresh and new and filled with vigor.
“Though You Had a Home” is soft country rock. Very crisp and enlightening.
Track nine and the title track “Not About Nightingales” is a soft folk country song that brings memories of a lonesome balladeer in the old west. It was something reminiscent of a country western movie with another famous balladeer, Johnny Horton.
Folk music has long been a huge staple in the music industry. Beginning as far back as the early 1900’s, folk music has become a staple of our arts and entertainment history. It is believed that the first folk music festival was held in early 1928 in Asheville, North Carolina, it was called The Mountain Dance & Folk Festival. Eric would have been a natural even then just as he is now.
Eric’s songs tell a story of the history of folk music and will continue to keep if fresh and new no matter how many decades of music pass. His music should be found in every true folk rock collection. All the songs are beautifully composed and eloquently written. His instrumental ability with banjo, harmonica and guitar in this collection an energetic blend of firm folk art.
You really must stop by the websites below and get a copy for your collection.