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April 26, 2016 / alunatunes

Florida Musician Ericson Holt releases Broken Beauty

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“Lyrical ingredients: raucous nights in sex-charged backseats, burned out party girls who ache for affection or clutch at sanity, broken-hearted acts of betrayal and double-betrayal, tenuous faith, and that old, company-lovin’ millstone, misery. Ericson Holt lays down a brilliant soundtrack—from rollicking to romantic—for hard living, hard loving, and hard loss. And just enough humor to guarantee redemption—that reclamation we all crave—showing us we can, indeed, patch up our tattered spirits . . . and simply travel on.”
—Suzanne Hudson, prize-winning author of All the Way to Memphis
Florida musician Ericson Holt is celebrating the release of
his new CD “Broken Beauty” and will be in concert at The
Sandwich Opera House Saturday April 9, 2016. Holt will
be performing with his band which features well known
Chicago area musicians; Geoffrey Lowe, Larry Ortega and
John Kattke. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are
Holt’s debut CD, “The Blue Side”, reached the Top 30 of
the Americana Music Chart and #4 on The Roots Rock
Report. He has toured the world and recorded with
hundreds of artists including The Mavericks, Mike Farris,
Phil Lee, Jim Lauderdale, Mike Farris and The Coal Men,
to name just a few.
“Living in Nashville, playing keyboards on recording
sessions and with all those great acts, was a tremendous
opportunity to learn and grow. I was the music director
and a featured artist every week on Billy Block’s Western
Beat Radio Show and opened a lot of shows for the acts I
was touring with. I was also spending 8 to 12 weeks a
year playing my own shows at The Hog’s Breath Saloon
in Key West, Florida and an ever growing list of venues
throughout the Southeast and beyond. I never wanted
to write specifically for the Nashville market, or any
market for that matter. I’m from a family of writers and
I’ve been trying to dig down to my most authentic,
soulful, self. To find my true voice, if you will.”
In 2010, he left Nashville and made Key West his home
base, joining the remarkable community of musicians
who perform and record on the island. It is a community
in which he has thrived and built life long friendships.
“Like many of my Nashville and Chicago friends, I already
had deep roots there, so it was very comfortable move to
make.” Ericson is profiled in the Ralph DePalma book,
“The Soul Of Key West – Volume One”, a collection of
photographs and profiles of the musicians who make up
the unique fabric of the Key West music scene.
In November of 2015 he was a featured performer at the
Riverhawk festival in Florida and The Mesa Music Festival
in Arizona.
“The past four or five years I’ve been singing and playing
at least 250 nights a year,” says Holt. And that hard
work shows on “Broken Beauty”. “I’m more comfortable
singing in the studio now; much more knowledgeable
about studio microphone technique and how to get
myself into the right headspace,” he explains. “There’s
no substitute for singing lead vocals. Like any athlete,
you have to stay in training.”
“All of the life experiences that I’ve gone through in the
last years; the loss of my grandmother and one of my
brothers, moving to the one of a kind artist’s community
that is Key West, and the friendships that I’ve formed
there, show in my voice and my songwriting”, adds Holt.
“And I’m thankful for that.”

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