Eric Longs debut Folk & Country Blues record“A Long Way From Home” was made to be a record that feels like you’re listening on your back porch on a hot summer night with fireflies climbing up your favorite trees in the yard.
Aiming to capture a natural representation of the music rather than over-thinking the production, the album was recorded in San Francisco in a home studio with the help of a ¼” tape machine.
These are songs of real people. These are songs of home and songs of loneliness. Songs of memory, songs of foolishness, and songs of love.
With influences ranging from Mississippi John Hurt and Taj Mahal to progressive musicians like Keb Mo, Charlie Parr and Jack White, Eric’s music is fundamentally folk music and timelessly steeped in some of America’s earliest musical roots. His songs carry a remarkable knack for simplicity and his voice is one you don’t forget.
Eric plays the resonator guitar with a bottleneck slide, the acoustic guitar and the banjo. A Pennsylvania transplant currently living in San Francisco California, Eric is a seasoned songwriter who has played all throughout California and has opened for contemporary roots, folk and blues giants such as Guy Davis, Doug Macleod and Fantastic Negrito.
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In 2015, Eric reached back to his East Coast roots assembling the cast of musicians that appear on his debut album release of ‘Carousel.” The Soul and Bones Band has always been more of a studio incarnation than a touring act, so when it was time to put the album together, he chose many of the musicians he worked with growing up in York County, Pennsylvania. With members from bands like Killer Bangs, Cold Fronts, American Babies, and Ruby the Hatchet, the album became a culmination of high caliber musicianship all around.
As Eric himself puts it, “Carousel is a collection of songs that I played for years. These are songs that constantly evolved, and reshaped, and eventually with the help of a diverse group of musicians from my past, finally got recorded in a friendly environment in a warehouse in a pretty cutty part of Philadelphia with some of my favorite people in the world.”