There is so much to be said about this outstanding guitarist/songwriter/teacher/businessman.
Eric Essix cut his teeth in the Church choir and that background provides so much that resonates - still. When an artist has that "feel", it never leaves. The fabulous set of circumstances in our Alabama native's growth is that he had the additional inspirations of some very diverse acts.
He fell in love with the sound of The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show." His Grandfather bought him a guitar and amp, and he learned to play while listening to Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five and Al Green. He was overwhelmed upon hearing West Montgomery, then Jimi Hendrix - and the deal was done when he heard Jaco Pastorius with Weather Report in concert.
Ready to start his journey in music, Eric released his first album in 1988. There have been a number of projects since - both independent and supported by national companies. But Eric feels best close to the Southern roots that continue to inspire him - in Birmingham.
It has been a beautiful scenario to have supported internationally known musicians for the past several years, but Eric IS a bandleader - and his new album clearly demonstrates HOW much of a creative, intuitive, and brilliant leader he is. "Eric Essix" has just been released and it mirrors the various elements that have 'spoken' to him since childhood. Rock, Soul, Jazz - even Country sensibilities in a beautiful Hybrid mix.
There - I said it!
Join this most respected Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame native son - the founder of the Preserve Jazz Festival - and the Artist Co-ordinator/Program Consultant of the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center - when he visits the show on Tuesday, 8/21! Our Chat Room awaits you!
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