Those Amazing Humans, #25, Eric Lindell

Posted: July 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

Eric's Back!

Eric Lindell is a local legend. Just ask my daughter. She’s been a fan and follower of the bluesman from the old Grand Junction days, to the Eric Lindell and the Reds days and beyond. So I always knew what Eric was up to. Eric’s at the Forestville Club. Eric’s going to New York. Eric’s going to New Orleans. Eric’s getting married. Eric’s back at the Forestville Club. Eric’s got an EP out. Eric’s signed with Alligator Records. Eric’s split with Alligator and has a new record on his own label.

He is a talented soulful performer and I have seen him on several occasions, even opened for him and Nick Gravenites for one memorable Halloween gig that I don’t actually remember. (I should definitely get someone more reliable to write my memoirs.) I do remember that we (True Slack) did an OK set. Eric, playing with powerhouse keyboard player, the late Stu Blank,  rocked the house. By the time Nick came on I was long gone. I think I saw a couple of guys steal a keg from behind the bar, the rest is a blur. A pretty nice blur, as blurs go. 

He is a young turk, as bluesmen go, at 40. He should have many more successful years, especially since he’s ditched most of his bad habits along the way. I wish him the best and look forward to hearing his new recording, “Between Motion and Rest”. He is something of a purist. If you are a purist as well, you can enjoy his latest release on vinyl.

I did this sketch from a photo on the cover of “The North Bay BOHEMIAN”, the July 21-27 issue. Inside you can find a much more informative article by Gabe Meline. And, not so incidentally, you can see Eric at The Sonoma County Fair’s Blues Festival on Saturday, July 31st at 4PM, So Co Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA.

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