Featured Artist of the Week – Eric Brendan

 Bio:

Well I wasn’t born country, but I’ll die that way. If there was only one line used to aptly describe Eric Brendan that would be it. Growing up on the outskirts of Houston, Eric was exposed to a wide genre of musical influences at an early age. Everything from country to rock and hip-hop surrounded him, but the strong roots of country called him home. The down-to-earth honesty in the lyrics inspired him to pursue a dream that has now become reality. Eric‘s influences, or heroes as they are often described as by Eric, include: Waylon Jennings, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, John Prine, and Robert Earl Keen. Armed with an acoustic guitar and 3 chords, Eric began his career playing open-mic nights in and around Houston. The open-mics eventually evolved into regular acoustic performances at various bars. He continued to perform acoustically for a few years gaining new fans and friends along the way. While acoustic shows are fun, he felt there was still one more step to take he needed a band. In February of 2005, the Eric Brendan Band made their first appearance opening for Dierks Bentley, and they have been gaining momentum ever since. The debut CD of the Eric Brendan Band, Windows Down, is a compilation of songs that express honest songwriting and a wide range of emotions. All of the songs on the album, penned by Eric, are a reflection of whom he is and where he’s been. There are stories of rugged outlaws, forgotten heroes and the inspiration and guidance received from his father. Eric shares his personal hardships and triumphs and the road to becoming the man he is today. It’s a road traveled often, and by many, but Eric makes it his own. Through the album and performances by the Eric Brendan Band, you are able to share life and all of the raw emotions and experiences that come along with it. The lyrics can make you think, and the music can make you smile.

Interview:

TRD: Who do you consider your influences?

EB: Robert Earl Keen, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Elvis, and Waylon Jennings are the pioneers that have had the most impact and influence on my songwriting.

 

TRD: What was your first Gig?

EB: Our first show was Feb. 10, 2005 at the Firehouse Saloon in Houston opening up for Dierks Bentley. No pressure.

 

TRD:  What groups or singers do you listen to now?

EB: Typically, you’ll probably find Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, John Prine or Waylon in the CD player. But, some days I’ll throw in Guns N Roses, Metallica, Dave Matthews, Black Crowes, and Velvet Revolver. I dig all kinds of music, just depends on my mood that day.

 

TRD:  What is your favorite venue you have performed at? Why?

EB: Gruene Hall, without a doubt. The history behind Gruene is second to none as far as live music venues in Texas. You walk in there and see all pictures of songwriters and entertainers that have performed there over the years. And to think that I had the honor and privilege of having the opportunity to perform on that hallowed stage…hell, it just don’t get much better than that.

 

TRD: If you could perform only 1 more show, anywhere in the world, where
would you want to play? Why?

EB: This is a tough one, but I’d have to say the Grand Ole Opry. I’m big on tradition and history. The Opry is an icon in country music. Standing in that oak circle where sacred names and legends have stood before would be an experience that could never be duplicated.

 

TRD: What is your favorite song you have recorded? Why?

EB: “The Soldier”. One day I was driving home and I saw a homeless veteran begging for change at a street corner. Living in Houston, this is not an unfamiliar sight. But for some reason, this particular guy had a look to him or there was something about him that just made an impression on me. My dad is a Vietnam vet and although he doesn’t like to talk about what went on over there, he has shared a few stories about his experiences and the way the country at that time received the soldiers when they returned home. So when I got home, I started writing about what I thought that guy may have been through and the struggles he was still fighting today. More often than not, most songs you hear these days in the Texas music scene consist of beer, whiskey, a river, old bars, etc. “The Soldier” was the first song that I had written that was outside the box and made me feel that I had written a song that mattered.

TRD: When you’re not performing what do you like to do with your spare time?

EB: Well, I’m a movieaholic. Let’s just say the DVD collection is pretty big. I also like to hit the gym on a regular basis and play sports. And recently, I’ve become a big fan of the UFC over the last year or two, so I watch that whenever I can.

 

TRD: If you could perform with any other artist, who would you like to
share the stage with? Why?

EB: That’s a long and distinguished list. First, I’d have to say Willie because, hell, it’s Willie. But, I’d also have to say John Prine, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakum, Jack White, and Sheryl Crow to name a few that come to mind.

 

Discography:

  • Windows Down (10/18/2005)

Tour:

Sep 15 2007 – **In Studio** – Houston, Texas
Sep 16 2007 – **In Studio** – Houston, Texas
Sep 16 2007  – Schotzis (Josh Sandoval opens) – College Station, Texas
Sep 22 2007 – **In Studio** – Houston, Texas
Sep 30 2007  – Tut’s – FIRST Benefit – Conroe, Texas

Enjoy! And check back next week when our featured artist is the Ryan T. Briggs

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