•      

    Marble City Rhythm
    Eric Caldwell
    Label: Segue
    Review Date: July 5, 2015

     

    My eyes and ears are always open for new music . . . especially by local talent . . . wherever I happen to call “local”.  In my home region of East Tennessee, I know that there’s lots of great talent. One such talent is a gentleman by the name of Eric Caldwell.

    I was introduced to Eric by the assistant manager of a restaurant that I frequent. She played a cut from Mr. Caldwell’s recently released EP. When I expressed my interest in the album, she introduced us and information was exchanged, including the EP, “Marble City Rhythm”. 

    The EP is a five song treasure chest of original tunes written by Eric. With a folksy, Americana vibe with dashes of Bob Dylan and Dave Matthews grooves thrown in for additional flavor, this disc is a true joy and delight to listen to. 

    Each of the five cuts are great but the Boomerocity favorite is the haunting, “This Little Shade of Mine”. Simple but with depth that embeds itself into the psyche of the listener. 

    Yeah, it’s that good.

    Listen to “Marble City Rhythm” here on SoundCloud.

     

     

  • Screen Shot 2018 12 10 at 8.26.50 PMSocial Casualties
    Eric Caldwell
    Label: Soundcloud
    Review Date: December 10, 2018

    Social Casualties is the third EP in as many years recorded by my good friend, Eric Caldwell, from right here in East Tennessee.

    In my review of Eric’s first EP, Marble City Rhythm, I said this about him: “With a folksy, Americana vibe with dashes of Bob Dylan and Dave Matthews grooves thrown in for additional flavor, this disc is a true joy and delight to listen to.”

    In reviewing Caldwell’s second EP, Count Your Blessings, I said that he “reminds me of John Mellencamp back when he included “Cougar” in his name as well as the youthful exhuberance of an Arlo Guthrie.”

    Adding to those two previous remarks, I would say that Eric is who you would get if an experimental scientist were to clone the aforementioned artists . . . with a little dash of the late, great Harry Chapin thrown in for good measure.

    In the three years that I’ve known Eric, I’ve watched him grow as an artist, songwriter, musician, and human being. He’s doing a dang good job on four fronts and it shines through in vibrant musical colors on Social Casualties.

    The title cut brings back visions of Dylan making a name for himself back in the sixties. His voice is that of a revolutionary making his message known through his music.

    Lyrically, NYC me in mind of some of the wordsmithing of the late Harry Chapin with a hint of Dylan’s Tangled Up In Blue kinda peppered in there. Love this tune!

    The biographical feel of Social Casualties carries on through in the remaining Gypsy, Man On the Moon, and 2+2 – all very well written and performed tunes.

    Please do look up Eric Caldwell’s “Social Casualties” on Soundcloud and ReverbNation. It’s great stuff. It really is!