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Eric Congdon

by Eric Congdon

A tasty collection of fingerstyle acoustic instrumentals straight from the front porch to your living room.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. Jim Dandy
3:19 $0.99
2. Riverboat Blues
3:12 $0.99
3. Foolish Hope
4:02 $0.99
4. Gold Rush
5:13 $0.99
5. Honey Clover
3:22 $0.99
6. Skinny Dippin
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7. Highlands Home
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8. Devlin
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9. Downstream
3:29 $0.99
10. Louis
3:12 $0.99
11. Shenendoah
3:42 $0.99
12. Ain't Got No Change Blues
6:09 $0.99
13. Blue Ridge Dreamer
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14. In Christ There Is No East Or West
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Album Notes
Interview with Eric Congdon regarding his new release “Eric Congdon”.

1. What is the story behind your new record?
I’ve always loved the acoustic guitar. I’ve always written on acoustic, and when I'm at home, that’s all I play. But I’ve never composed “acoustic music” per se. That all changed when I saw Tommy Emmanuel live a little while back. I was just so blown away but what one man could do with the instrument, it inspired me to take this approach for my new CD.

2. Who are your main influences?
Well I’ve always wished I could play like Chet Atkins, but haven’t we all? I’d say my favorites would have to be Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins, Jimmy Page, John Fahey, Tony Rice & Rev Gary Davis. And Jorma Kaukonen, can’t leave him out! I think my particular style is really a mish mash of all those guys thrown together.

3. Tell us a little bit about the recording of your album.
Last summer I got my home studio completed, it’s a nice space, and just having that really got my creative juices flowing. I was writing a new song every day, or at least bits and pieces that gradually came together to form complete songs. It’s taken about 6 months from start to finish, hours and hours of sessions. I stopped watching TV! You know what, I haven’t gone back, really. I don’t miss it. And I have enough material written at this point to almost make a whole other album, so expect another one in the not too distant future.
4. Why an instrumental cd? Your previous efforts had vocals etc.
To be honest, I don’t think I'm much of a lyricist. I'm a guitar player, first and foremost. And I wanted to really highlight that with this album. Maybe someday I’ll find a collaborator who can put words to my music, but until then, this is where I’ll be. And I really believe that the songs here say more about me and how I feel than any cliché words ever could. I also wanted to do a CD where it would seem like I was in your living room, or sitting out on the porch. Wherever you’re comfortable I suppose! I want the listener to be able to sit back and relax and take a ride with me.

5. Is it background music?
I think it is more than that, although it could be if you wanted. There’s a little edge to a lot of it, I'm kinda Bluesy, so nothing on there is too clean. I can’t play that well for starters! It’s a musical journey on acoustic guitar. Blues, Country Blues, Piedmont, New Age, Rock, it’s really pretty diverse.

6. What are your favorite cuts from the album?
Hard to say, I love them all. But I guess Foolish Hope, only because it was written and inspired by my daughter Emily, who is autistic. Jim Dandy, just because it strikes me as something Chet would like. He did this great album with Lenny Breau and it’s just two absolute masters having a musical conversation and it is one of my favorite albums ever.

7. Any other performers on the CD or is it all you?
My good friend Garry Segal is a killer harmonica player, and he’s on four tracks. They all have a nice, loose feel and we just trade licks back and forth and have a good time. We play out a lot together live as well, that’s always fun let me tell you. Other than that, it’s all me. Guitars, Dobro, Mandolin, & psychedelic drones. (laughs)

8. What is your main guitar?
It’s Taylor 710 Dreadnought with a shortscale neck, and it’s just a dream to play. I love Taylor guitars. I’ve played them all, but something about the Taylor neck just feels right in my hands. And the sound is great, too. I have three, the 710, a 614CE and a Taylor T5 which is a kind of Hybrid acoustic/electric thingy. The entire album was done on Taylors. When I play live I go through a Fishman 100 amp, which is also great and surprisingly powerful for it’s size!
9. Anything else you’d like to add?
Just that I think you’ll really like the album. It’s uncompromising in a lot of ways, different yet familiar. I don’t hear too many players out there taking this approach. It’s an honest musical statement of who I am and what I can do on a guitar. It’s the best I got.



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