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In 2000, while signed to Zebra Records, Eric Essix decided to explore the soul, R&B, gospel and country music that he grew up listening to in his home state of Alabama. It was the start of a musical journey that began with Southbound followed by Somewhere In Alabama on his own Essential Recordings label in 2004 and now has brought him full circle with his latest offering, Birmingham.
Eric recorded his debut album as a solo artist in 1988 for Nova Records called First Impressions and 13 albums later he is still making music that moves; that captures the imagination, and that touches the emotions. But it is his last three recordings that are particularly revealing and personal, giving the listener an up close look at the man behind the music and the place he calls home.
Home is Birmingham. Eric grew up there in the midst of the turbulent 1960's and, after an initial introduction to the guitar by the Beatles, got his start as a performer in the church. Today, gospel music still informs and influences everything he does, however, early exposure to Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix greatly contributed to Eric’s sound and style as a guitarist. His trademark "Southerness" is evident on the new CD which highlights some of the people and experiences from the city of his birth.