Eric Devries - Close To Home (selection)

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Eric Devries wrote his first song in 1976, just before Punk Rock
hit the Netherlands, and started his stage career soon after. And
he's been writing and performing ever since. In 1992, together
with his band the Big Easy, Eric took second place in the
national “Grote Prijs van Nederland” music contest. His debut
solo CD, ‘Little of a Romeo’, was released in 2004 to rave
reviews. In the following years, Eric crossed the big pond three
times to tour in the United States and recorded a number of
songs for his second solo album, 'Sweet Oblivion', in a studio in
Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s been seven years since 'Sweet Oblivion'
was released, but in May 2014 Eric Devries' third album ‘Close
to Home’ will be hitting the shelves. Was the delay a case of
‘seven years’ bad luck’, or an example of ‘life is what happens while you're busy making other plans’?
Neither and both. As the title, 'Close to Home', suggests, this album is his most biographical so far. Love
and goodbyes, life and death, regrets and starting over – set against a background of different places and
spaces. Devries sings about his hometown Amsterdam in one song, and takes the listener on a road trip
through places like Tulsa, Birmingham – and even Jerusalem – in another. The themes that Devries uses
to paint a picture in song – at times up close and personal, and others tongue in cheek – are a wry and
rocking celebration of life with all its ups and downs. The 70’s singer-songwriter storytelling tradition
but with a modern twist.
At the same time, Devries has also become a leading booker bringing international singer-songwriters
from all over the world to the Netherlands, with regular concerts that he organizes in Utrecht, Nijmegen
and the Netherlands. All the while continuing to perform live himself – week in week out – at venues and
festivals where he entertains and touches audiences with his stories, his voice, and his wicked fingerpicking
guitar style. Close to Home was co-produced with fellow artist and business partner BJ
Baartmans, with whom Eric also coordinated in recent years a CD and DVD showcasing the talents of the
Dutch ‘Songwriter United’ collective. Instrumental back up on ‘Close to Home’ was provided by the best
artists that Devries and Baartmans – in their years of joint touring – have come across and often
performed with. adding a great element of musical intuition, familiarity and spontaneity.
“…’Sweet Oblivion’ is part of the best ever countryrock of dutch origin, in 2007 at least…” www.alt.country.nl
“… international high standard and quality…” Revolver Magazine (5 stars out of 5)
“… top of the bill of the dutch singer-songwriter scene…” Velvet Music
“… he sounds American, very moving, up close and personal…” Heaven Magazine (feb. 2008)
The Easy:
Sjoerd van Bommel : drums, percussion, Janos Koolen : guitar, banjo, mandoline and more
BJ Baartmans: bass, guitar, bouzouki, Kim de Beer: violin, Rob Geboers: piano, hammond organ
Guestmusicians:
Henny Groot Antink : backing vocals, Anna Coogan: vocals
J.D Foster: electric guitar

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released June 16, 2014

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