WALKIN' ON BOURBON ST --- Available NOW!
An ode to the history, mystery and high energy of New Orleans music. Written and produced by Ericson Holt. Co- Producer: Ian Shaw. Recoded by Kevin McKendree at The Rock House, Franklin TN. Release on Conch Town Music Label, Key West, FL - featuring Ericson Holt on piano and vocals, The McCrary Sisters in background vocals and tambourine, Joe MacMahan on guitar, Dave Santos on bass, Kenneth Blevins on drums, Jim Hoke and Roland Barber on horns.
- Ericson Holt -
WALKIN' ON BOURBON ST
Though his music may be steeped in the blues, it’s the gray areas that fascinate
Ericson Holt the most.
“There are very few moments in this life that are purely good or bad,” Holt reflects.
“There’s always some kind of dichotomy going on, some kind of complication, and that’s what interests me as a writer.”
With his captivating new album,“ 99 Degrees,” Holt shines a light on those
complications, exploring the almosts and the in-betweens, the missed chances and the could-have-beens, the close calls and the never-quites. The characters here contain multitudes, walking a fine line between hope and desperation as they navigate a world that seems perpetually stacked against them.
The music is similarly rich and nuanced, drawing on everything from 70’s AM rock and soulful folk to raucous boogie woogie and second line funk. Holt cut the majority of the album in just two days with an all-star band of Nashville heavyweights (many of whom he knew from his own work as a first-call session player and sideman), and the result is a collection of raw, spontaneous, organic performances that breathe life into his stories of everyday folks living on the margins --- ordinary men and women struggling to get by, stay in love, and find a little bit of light in the darkness.
“Sometimes I write deliberately, and sometimes the songs write themselves,” Holt says. “But ultimately, there’s a part of me and my story in every one of these characters.”