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Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Eric Bee moved to Austin in 2011 to focus more seriously on his music. By that point, Bee had self-released six solo albums, and two albums with the band he led, Elephant Bones, which had a prominent following on the rust belt.
Upon moving to Austin, Bee quickly met local musicians and started the twelve-piece funk band Whitey on the Moon. After a quick stint in California, Bee returned with new songs, a new vision, and reached out to former Whitey members.
Friendships connected Bee to Public Hi-Fi Studios, and after only two days of rehearsals, he and his bandmates spent two days in the studio laying down the new tracks.
The end result is the newest release, self-titled, The Eric Bee. A phonographic voyage of Bee’s personal explorations. The album of seven original songs, has been described as a kaleidoscope of sounds, “a dash of gospel, a pinch of country, and a liberal dose of white-boy soul.” Peter Blackstock of the Austin American Statesman described Bee as an, “eclectic singer-songwriter who mixes together a variety of American music styles, from rock and soul to R&B and gospel.”
Eric Bee – Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Wes Haynes – Piano
Cameron Page – Drums
Will Krause – Bass
James Marshall Owen – Guitar
Shane Walden – Trumpet
Nic Butts – Trombone
Jason Amador – Tenor Saxophone
Nick Nolden – Bass
Matt Moore – Baritone Saxophone
PHOTOS & ARTWORK
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On their eponymous extended play, the Eric Bee churns out boozy blues-rock tinged with gospel, country, and a double dose of soul. Namesake Eric Bee proves a versatile and compelling frontperson, howling over crackling riffs and bubbling organ on “I’m the Dog,” and cutting through the whimsical horn section and piano melody of “Tomorrow’s Skin Cancer.” “Even though I don’t believe in a God, I understand what he intends,” sings Bee on plaintive closer “Light in a Cave,” turning the raucous heat down to a glowing ember.
– Reviewed by Bryan Rolli, Dec 2, 2016 | Austin Chronicle: Texas Platters
Eric Bee, self-titled. Seven-song disc from the eclectic singer-songwriter who mixes together a variety of American music styles, from rock and soul to R&B and gospel. Release show Saturday, Aug. 20, at One-2-One Bar. Here’s a video for the track “Tomorrow’s Skin Cancer”:
This is my favorite album of 2016 so far. It’s a gorgeous roller coaster ride of musical genres that turns right when you think you’re turning left and leaves you exhilarated and happy to be alive. No seat belts. I’m going to listen to it again right now.
– CD Baby User, Cope (The Eric Bee, May 2016)
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