Erick Baker

Early Show

Erick Baker

Jill Andrews

Thu, June 7, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Erick Baker - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Erick Baker
If you listen closely, you can hear a heartbeat in the songs of Erick Baker. A warm familiar pulse of love and loss echoing from somewhere just under the surface. Written with unguarded lyrical honesty, Erick's songs are passionate confessions that reflect many of our own deeply rooted emotions and secrets.

Since releasing his debut EP, It's Getting Too Late To Say It's Early, in 2008, Erick's powerful voice and deeply personal songwriting style have led listeners through music rich with themes central to the emotional cornerstones of their lives. And recently, the message of Erick's music has quickly started to spread.

This medley of heartfelt insight, accentuated by strong melodic hooks and emotive vocals, drives Erick's second full-length album, Goodbye June. Produced by Ken Coomer, (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), Goodbye June skillfully blends a divergent set of influences – rock, pop, soul, blues, country, and folk – into one seamless, signature sound that defines Erick's distinctive voice.

"These songs belong to the lonely nights of my past and the many blessings of my present," he says. "They reflect the pieces of poetry that lie in the little details of everyday life." As a result, the authenticity of Erick's music is universally appealing. Uniting fans across lines of age, lifestyle and musical taste, Erick's music, once heard, simply can't be ignored.

"In Love With A Lie", the opening track on Goodbye June, is a powerful example of what Baker can accomplish through song. Amidst the anger, regret, and pain of loving the person that just doesn't deserve it, comes an aching melody that echoes despair. Yet, the song offers hope. And by the end, the listener can't help but stomp their foot with the hard-earned strength and resolve found through surviving heartbreak.

" I understand/But there's nothing I can do/Even though it burns me/I'm drawn to the flame in you/I know that I'll take you back/A second chance for me to make/ All of the same mistakes.....I'm on my knees/Cause I can't stand alone/The mind can't change/What the heart controls....My love has left me here blinded/And my love has locked all the doors/But I believe the truth will set me free/To say goodbye/Cause I'm in love with a lie"

In anticipation of the upcoming spring release (2012) of Goodbye June, Erick has been garnering attention and gaining fans across the globe. WFIV (AAA) programmer and long-time Baker supporter, Joe Stutler, is already playing two tracks from the upcoming album, and says of Erick's music , "Goodbye June is a dramatic step forward that's looking ahead to something new. 'In Love with a Lie' has a feel that gets into your head and you can't get it out". In addition to steady touring, Erick has made recent stops at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, NC and a New Year's eve show for the US troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His well received performance in Cuba has also led to confirmed tours in Europe and Asia upcoming later this year.

Asheville's Mountain Xpress writes that Erick "perform[s] with absolute sincerity and enthusiasm... his acoustic guitar serving as rhythm and background to the swell of his voice — a smoke and whiskey tenor with plenty of range and emotion."

Astonishingly, it wasn't until after college graduation that Erick, a small town Tennessee native, first picked up a guitar. In the smoky corners of Knoxville's pub and bar scene, Erick taught himself to play and sing. His talent became quickly evident, and he soon found himself opening for John Legend. Since, Erick has been invited to perform with an impressive array artists, including James Blunt, Gavin Degraw, Edwin McCain, the Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter, Brandi Carlisle and Heart.

There is an underlying heartbeat in the songs of Erick Baker, and it is quickly growing stronger. Listen closely....can you feel it?
Jill Andrews - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Jill Andrews
It starts with the voice. Before you notice the words, before you detect the gently curling melodies tugging them along, this is what hits you first: It's warm and rich and touched with a soft Southern twang, as likely to swing down into its earthy lower register as arch upwards into a hopeful trill; it's steady and sure but flecked with a certain weary sadness that stops you dead, draws you near. It's beautiful. It knows something.

This voice is Jill Andrews, who's been singing her whole life: as a little girl, as a camp counselor plucking out three chords on an acoustic guitar under swaying pine trees, as one-half of The Everybodyfields—and, since 2009, as an increasingly formidable singer/songwriter making her way on her own.

On her self-titled EP (2009) and her debut record (coming in early 2011), Andrews crafts beguiling, startlingly intimate songs that merge her voice with her effortless, classic-pop sensibility and keen eye for human drama—all the unspoken truths between lovers, devastating confessions whispered to friends, silent prayers offered up during the longest, loneliest nights. A smart, subtle tunesmith and a gently wise songwriter, Andrews' songs shuffle in and settle down with little fanfare, then quietly go about the business of ripping your heart straight out of your chest.

A rock-solid frontwoman in sundresses and Frye boots, Andrews leads a full band on record and on stage, drawing in tender piano, shuffling drums and searing electric guitar to support her careful acoustic picking. Wherever she plays, she offers up a vision of herself as a singular, quickly-maturing artist with the power to cross lines of genre and geography, taste and time. She is a force—and a voice—to be reckoned with.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com