Eric Angus Whyte
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SYDNEY — There’s no hidden meaning behind the title of Eric Angus Whyte’s new album “A Little Rough Around The Edges”.
“That’s exactly what it is. We intentionally left the flaws in it,” said the Cape Breton singer-songwriter who will release the much-anticipated follow-up to his debut album tonight at 8 p.m. at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay. Admission is $5 at the door.
Whyte explained that he started recording his second album back in 2005 but near the end of that process decided he wasn’t happy with it so he scrapped it and began the process of remaking it. He said he wanted to do the album live in studio and “really capture that moment when the song takes place”.
The result is an album with a really natural, organic feeling, according to Whyte, who described the CD as a live performance recording minus the audience. “A Little Rough Around the Edges” features 11 original songs, all written and performed by Whyte, with musical contributions from Gordie Sampson, J.P. Cormier and Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor.
“I’m pleased with how it came out. I’m excited to have it done. It’s been a labour of love,” said Whyte, who will be joined for tonight’s CD release by members of the band Life Support and the acclaimed cast of Cape Breton Lyrics and Laughter, of which Whyte was a member.
Whyte, who resides in Sydney Mines, has several shows lined up in the next few weeks in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to promote his latest project and will work this summer as music director for the Cape Breton Bible Camp.
Whyte recorded and released his first solo album in 2004 and in 2005 it was nominated for Folk Album of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards. - Cape Breton Post May 23, 2008


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Always Home (2004)

A Little Rough Around the Edges (2008)

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Eric Angus Whyte arrived on the east coast scene in 2004 with the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Always Home. The disc was nominated for the 2005 ECMA Folk Album of the Year. EAW performed at the Stan Roger's Folk Festival in 2005 and 2006 and also at Toronto's North By Northeast Festival. In 2007, he was nominated for the ECMA Roots/Traditional Album of the Year as part the cast of Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter. On May 23rd of this year, EAW released his follow-up disc called "A Little Rough Around The Edges". The album, which features Gordie Sampson, JP Cormier and Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor, was recorded live in the studio and has a wonderful organic vibe about it.

The new CD has been heralded by one reviewer as "..the most refreshing and innovative album I've heard in a long time." As of late EAW has been performing in a number of prisons, churches and the odd pub throughout the Maritime provinces. Commenting on his choice of venues he says, "I enjoying playing for audiences that you can let your guard down around and speak openly about life and convictions and Jesus. I find you get that dynamic frequently in prisons, often in churches and occasionly in pubs." His live performances include many stories as well as the use of the hammered dulcimer, bouzouki, piano and a few other less legitimate instruments like the kazoo.