3 days, 3 shows, 800 miles, and one great roadtrip. First was Dallas, where we saw Eric at the Palladium (in the same building as Gilleys). This was the most mellow show. We heard a new song called Revolving Door that was about Eric’s big family and everything that comes along with that. It was a more serious song and fit well with the crowd.
The second show was in Houston at the Meridian. Hutchead Danielle saved us seats and had a good time. The show was a little more lively and Eric pretty much sticked to his established songs. He played Sad Songs but not many people recognized it.
The third day got started with an on camera interview with Eric, more on that as I get it edited, but it went well. The show was at the Parish Room right in the heart of 6th street. Great sound, a great staff and a perfect venue. The crowd was a lot bigger and it made for the best show of the weekend. Eric, Tom, and Jimmy seemed like they had a good time as well. Eric even brought back Freak Control to keep the crowd dancing.
Justin Nozuka opened every show, and played 5 or 6 soulful songs. Eric and Marié Digby switch off, every other night one plays last. Marié sounds a lot like her LP, but with stories in between songs. She even sang backup for Justin on a song. Jimmy Coleman, Eric’s drummer, played on a song with Justin as well.
Overall the shows were solid Eric. He played at least 8 of the 10 songs on Sounds Like This each night, with My Girl/Ignition Remix as well. He did a Cher version of It Hasn’t Been Long Enough a few times. Justin Nozuka’s guitarist Mark Pellizzer played electric guitar on Outside Villanova, and Food Chain, bringing Eric’s band to a full quartet. Food Chain sounded especially good with the addition of an electric guitar. Check out the video of the day for how it sounds. Eric said he would love to have a quartet eventually. Tom Craskey slid from bass to keyboard a few times.
We met some cool people, and the shows had a better feel to them compared to when Eric was opening for One Republic and Blind Melon. The crowds where smaller, but more of them were hutcheads wanting to see Eric.