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Erik Balkey

by Erik Balkey

Contemporary folk, singer-songwrtiter featuring an agile voice and thoughtful lyrics accompanied by sparse and deliberate acoustic guitarwork.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. North Country Road
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2. Wasteland
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3. Madison
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4. Hometown
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5. Dark Eyes
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6. Driving Northbound
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7. House of Cards
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8. Poet Game
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9. North Dakota
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10. North Country Road (reprise)
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11. Silent Night
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Album Notes
"Balkey's confident delivery and sparse arrangements frame the songs with uncommon poise." - Dirty Linen

The music of Erik Balkey combines an agile voice with sparse, deliberate guitar accompaniment. Balkey's storytelling captivates with an engaging mix of honesty, intimacy and humnor.



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Robert Matter Singer/songwriter

A Truly Enjoyable Experience
I love to listen to this CD when I'm on a road trip so I can get the full impact of the total sum of it's components. As a singer/songwriter myself, I love to listen to songs that both challenge me and inspire me. Erik does both. The creative phrases that he uses in his lyrics touch off a spark of creativity within me. Erik Balkey is truly an enjoyable experience.

Brian Goslow/worcester Phoenix

"Madison": This one won't leave your head.
"...'MacArthur Park'-esque 'Madison,' which uses a haunting backdrop provided by pianist Stephen Taylor Huey and cellist Amy Koerbel...this one won't leave your head."

Charlene Arsenault/worcester Magazine

"...that perfect match between words and music...remarkable."
Judging from his self-titled debut, Balkey’s voice can sound like a less-trembly, deeper Cat Stevens, among others. With its fluttery brushes and country bassline, Balkey aptly calls “Hometown” a road-trip chant. On “Wasteland”, Balkey sounds like Andy Gibb singing a Harry Chapin tune. “Madison”, a sweet, swinging lullaby with the pretty accent of a cello cradling the tune in its arms.

Balkey keeps searching for that perfect match between words and music...his grasp of the process is remarkable.

Bobby Strange

timeless songwriting,words that will be relevent for an eternity.
this is an album of classics. 50 years from now we may not have washing machines, but songs like house of cards will still be as relevent as they are today! some emotions will never change.

Alice Croll ( Drake Assoc.)

"brave way beyond the newcomer."
"...a romantic, geographic and philosophical journey with many detours...(Balkey) is brave way beyond the necomer."

Uncle Mike ( Two River Times)

"Balkey shines!"
"...he definitely has something going on, it's his simple, raw nerve, emotional honesty...Erik Balkey shines!"

Richard Cuccaro ( Acoustic Live In Nyc)

"..tales from the backroads of the American landscape."
"Balkey carries the true passion of the poet-wanderer-minstrel in his craft bringing us tales from the backroads of the American landscape."

Janey Todd (singer-songwriter)

One of my best CD purchases!
One of my best CD purchases! So nice and mellow and more - only my first listen so far.

Alison Balkey

Love it! Great to relax to in the car ride home from work.
Each song has a unique message. The lyrics are genuine and you can tell they come from the heart. Erik's music is "relatable"-- I can apply his words to my life.

Sharyn Murray

Erik’s music burns brightly...voice as steady as a flame.
Watching Erik Balkey perform is close to a religious experience. Like a candle, Erik’s music burns brightly with messages of peace and goodwill. His voice is as steady as a flame.
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