Eric Thomas | Varnell Road

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Varnell Road

by Eric Thomas

The songs included in this collection are slices of life; love songs, songs about family, songs about places, songs about issues people face in real life. His instrumentals range from the powerful through the spritely to the hauntingly beautiful.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sunrise
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2. Play My Guitar
4:19 $0.99
3. Cicada Spring / Brokedown Breakdown
3:53 $0.99
4. Runaway Daughter
3:50 $0.99
5. Planxty Paul Hayman
2:19 $0.99
6. Stand in the Fire
5:34 $0.99
7. Music to Charm Snakes By
5:13 $0.99
8. Varnell Road
3:06 $0.99
9. The Road Ahead
2:33 $0.99
10. Baucis and Philemon
6:25 $0.99
11. Strung Out and Hammered
3:09 $0.99
12. Bungi Chord
2:39 $0.99
13. Hole in the World
3:44 $0.99
14. Star Light
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Album Notes
Eric Thomas has been playing guitar since 1965. He began by playing the Rock ’n Roll, Rhythm ’n Blues, and North Carolina “Beach Music” tunes that were popular in the mid and late ’60’s. Over the years he has played a wide range of material in a number of different bands. He has played in venues ranging from coffeehouses to private parties and from Rock ’n Roll clubs to country clubs. These experiences have enabled him to incorporate the blues, and country tunes into his musical inventory. More recently, through his collaboration with his wife, Helen Wolfson, Eric has brought the influences of Celtic, traditional acoustic, Appalachian music and lyrical waltzes into his music.  The collaboration with his wife, "Constellation", is presently Eric's primary musical effort.

Eric started his musical life as an electric guitar player in the 1960’s playing Rock ‘n Roll, Rhythm ‘n Blues, and North Carolina “Beach Music”. In the mid-1970’s he got his first acoustic guitar. He still plays the electric guitar though the acoustic guitar is now his primary instrument. His musical sensibilities, though tempered by the demands of the acoustic guitar, are still informed by his musical up-bringing. This brings a unique energy to his playing, particularly to has work as an accompanist.

Eric has written songs and instrumentals for all of his musical life.  His songs tend to be songs about real-life and topical issues, though sometimes with a humorous twist.  The songs range from the funny song like his “Occupational Angst” tunes through haunting songs dealing with life, loss, and family to the edgier material dealing with current events.

This CD, Varnell Road, is Eric's first solo recording. It features a collection of original songs and instrumentals written by Eric over the years. The songs are songs taken from or inspired by real life events. They deal with issues of love, family, and place. The instrumentals range from the bouncy and energetic to the hauntingly beautiful.



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