Eric Solomon | Is Singing These Songs For You

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Is Singing These Songs For You

by Eric Solomon

Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Singing This Song For You
3:07 album only
2. I Walked By Twice
3:36 album only
3. I Don't Believe You
3:05 album only
4. I Don't Ask For Much
2:57 album only
5. Pour Me One More-Again
3:26 album only
6. You Oughta Thank Me
3:36 album only
7. Half Of Everything
3:54 album only
8. I Fall Back Down Again
2:48 album only
9. Capital T
3:07 album only
10. After I Die
4:03 album only
11. Way Too Good
3:28 album only
12. Along The Bus Line
4:08 album only
13. The Donuts Are Free
4:15 album only
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Album Notes
Eric Solomon's new album is a journey. Some people classify an album like this as a "concept" album. I would too, but on an even greater level. First of all, there's the thematic concept in which the album is centered around an independent musician "singing these songs for you" at your local dive. And secondly, there's the novel concept of well written traditional country music played by first rate musicians, sang with heart and soul, and tastefully produced. Nashville just doesn’t do it this way anymore. Thank God for Eric Solomon and the few other Traditional Countramericana artists out there.

I first met Eric back in 2006 at one of my shows at Robert’s Western World. After his many subsequent visits to Nashville I realized that I was witnessing a Country Music transformation taking place. The more I saw him in Nashville the more I could tell that he was becoming a student of the music- and a very quick learner at that. I could certainly identify with this, as I'd been a music lover my whole life, but didn't get deep into Traditional Country Music until I was in my early twenties. At that point it completely changed my life, and soon after that I wound up in Nashville. It’s completely changed Eric’s life too, as this CD will prove.

I first became a true fan of Eric's music when I heard his first album. "Hope I Don't Let You Down" was recorded in his hometown of Columbus, OH, and features stunningly heartfelt, lyrical songs wrapped around a tight rhythm section of very talented Columbus musicians. It’s a great album with a great folk/country sound. I was wondering how he could top it. He decided to commute 765 miles roundtrip to Nashville- numerous times- to record with the world’s finest Traditional Country musicians.

For his sophomore album Eric dives headfirst into Music City, penning and performing some of his greatest songs to date. "Singing These Songs For You" embodies the true spirit of Country music, and weaves a tapestry of songs centered around a theme- a concept, if you will- of a singer at your local pub pouring his heart out in the corner of the room while lives move on all around him. Not a far stretch for Eric, since that’s what he does for a living. There's a lot of stories and a plethora of pictures painted by these songs...

In no particular order - my favorite songs on the album are track numbers 1-13. However, due to time and space limitations I'll pick just a few to elaborate on:

What a marvelous introduction to the album- the title track places Eric on that makeshift stage singing you a song that’s a tongue-in-cheek description of the glamorous life of an independent musician. Not only a cleverly written song- Eric and his band give a spot on performance. Anyone who's ever picked up a guitar and stood onstage by himself will identify with these lyrics that spill out at a fevered, albeit perfect pace. What an amazing performance, and a fitting beginning to a great album.

"Pour Me One More...Again" and "You Oughta Thank Me" are bona fide straight-great 1960s Country. Absolute classics. If these songs had come out 50 years ago they’d be featured on one of those Time-Life infomercial collections. These are perfect country songs (these days, folks call it "Americana").

”Half of Everything" is yet another example of Eric's fine wordplay and ability to inject sarcasm and humor into an obviously maudlin song. And the heart and honesty that shines through in the vocal performance makes you wonder if Eric really didn’t "lose half his shit twice", as the song boldly asserts.

“Fall Back Down Again” is a masterpiece. An absolutely killer performance of an absolutely killer song. An honest, heartfelt song that paints an almost devastating picture. This is Country Music.

"I Don’t Ask For Much" is a very traditional country song that’s lived a very modern life. Along with "Way Too Good," this is a song that was co-written by Eric and I via email. I first recorded it a few years ago but I didn't like my version so I scrapped it. Eric recorded it for this album but didn't like his own version. As it turned out, I liked his version and he liked mine, so we each gave the band tracks to each other, recorded our own vocals, and released the two versions on our respective albums. How's that for hijinks?

The album benefits greatly from the tasteful production of ambient sounds to open and close the CD. You feel as if you're sitting right in the midst of a dive bar “Along The Bus Line" as the tales begin, and then you’re reminded later as the show ends and you accompany Eric to his truck. While in transit to get some free donuts the car radio plays the final tune (piped right out of Nashville's 650am WSM) that features some slick guitar work.

Hey- don't be a turkey - Get yourself one of these fine albums! If you like Real Country Music that tells stories and makes pictures, then you will love this album.

Dave Cox
July 2011



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