Eric Britt
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Eric Britt

Savannah, Virginia, United States

Savannah, Virginia, United States
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"Avant Greensboro - Greensboro NC"

Eric Britt’s music is right up our alley. The riffs have a tremendous quality for getting stuck in your head. Immediately danceable and memorable. - Rae Alton


"Watt from Pedro show - San Pedro CA"

"Eric Britt will drive that beater right down every last mile of interstate worth investigating”. Much respect to Britt on his journey and sharing it with us, most sincerely." Mike Watt (MINUTEMEN,FIREHOSE) - Mike Watt


"White Label Lounge TV Show, Washington DC"

On Greener, songwriter Eric Britt delivers an introspective album steeped in southern tradition, simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful. Britt is a rare talent that delivers timeless songs with depth and nuance." -
- Steve Nerangis


"eddie owens presents"

you and your story and songs are right up my alley. - eddie owens


"Greener pastures for Eric Britt"

Greener pastures for Eric Britt

By Bill DeYoung
bill@connectsavannah.com

It took half a decade, but Eric Britt finally saw a light at the end of a very long tunnel.

Not surprisingly, the light was musical.

The former frontman for the highly-regarded roots-rocking band Hazel Virtue battled addictions, depression, personal trauma and a trainload of chained-and-locked emotional baggage to emerge victorious - and sober - with Greener, a highly personal set of songs produced at Elevated Basement Studios here in Savannah.

Personal, yes. But Greener is accessible, and highly enjoyable, acoustic-based rock ‘n' roll. It may be the best locally-made record so far in 2012.

"Lemonade" rolls like a languid train across a broad Americana landscape; the euphoric "Up For Air" has gorgeous and unexpected chord changes.

Edwin McCain can only wish he had a song as cool and catchy as "Miami to Maine." Or "Act Your Age."

You can catch Britt playing solo, somewhere, almost any night of the week. On Thursday, Oct. 11, he and a band of musician buddies will celebrate the release of Greener with a concert-slash-party at the Mansion on Forsyth.

It's all the culmination of something the 42-year-old North Carolina native never saw coming.

"Greener is a survival tale," Britt explains. "It's meant to be conceptual, but not everything fits into this complete story like The Wall or something like that. The whole record's a tale of coming out of the woods. Surviving what life can throw at you."

Britt says his sister heard the album's title and congratulated him on his newfound environmentalism.

"The title's not environmental," he says. "It means that ‘grass is always greener' concept.

"It's about hope, for me. The last three years have been the best of my life. I've finally figured out how to keep it between the lines."

Hazel Virtue was one of Athens' darlings, and a great white hope for the future of southern Americana. Even when the group disbanded, then re-formed in Charleston (with Britt still front and center), the national tours, and the hard work, continued.

"Man, that's a sexy thing when you're in your 20s," says Britt. "Hotel rooms and being in different parts of the country all of the time are pretty appealing to younger men and younger women, younger whoever. But it got kinda old."

Personality clashes doomed the band too, he adds.

Britt loves Savannah, where he's resided for a decade and change. "In Athens," he explains, "there was such an agenda with the music scene. This is the first place I've been where there can be an agenda if you want there to be. But I've learned how not to take the whole business part of it too seriously. And in the same breath, I'm taking it seriously as far as ‘OK, I have to do X number of shows to pay these bills.' And it's been good. It's been fantastic."

Guitarist Kevin Rose and other musician friends encouraged him to record again. He'd been furiously writing songs and backlogging them, not quite sure if he was up to the task.

His cheerleaders won out. "You gotta keep putting out music," Britt believes. "Even if it's something that 10 people are going to hear. It's pretty elemental for me, anyway."

He credits Rose - the owner and in-house producer at Elevated Basement - with crafting the exquisite textures of acoustic and electric guitars on Greener. "There's no way I could have done it without Kevin," Britt enthuses. "I'd written the music and the words, but as far as bringing that certain drummer, or that certain bass player, it was all Kevin's doing. He'd hear a guitar part and say ‘I know exactly who we need to do this right here.' A lot of what I brought in was airy and kind of experimental. He had a big push for ‘Yeah, man, this screams out for drums and bass.'"

"I trusted him. He's really intuitive and bright. And the stuff that he's done is as good as anything I've done in other parts of the country. And he played all the screamo guitar leads. I've learned that the best singer/songwriter records are the one where the singer/songwriter says to the producer, ‘Let's do it your way.'" - Connect Savannah


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