Eric Bilbrey

Eric Bilbrey

BandCountryJazz

Biography

I just graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in trumpet performance and jazz studies, so I'm doing the obvious thing ... coming back home to Nashville to write country music! I grew up in Nashville and spent virtually every weekend of my life at the Grand Ole Opry, so I'm hoping that a lifetime of country music and all my musical experience will come together. I've been writing music my whole life, but I've only seriously delved into country music over the past year, but I feel like I've written a lot of great songs, and I've gotten good responses from the people that hear them.

I was born and raised in Nashville, TN, and my father works in country music, but my relationship with the genre was a complicated one for a very long time. I fell in love with music at an early age, but my first love was classical music. I played the piano, and I wrote lots of little compositions. In high school, I found jazz and became obsessed with learning the art of improvisation ... never quite got it. Maybe it was maturity or maybe it was the realizaiton that I just didn't have enough notes in me to play "Donna Lee" at 240 bpm, but in college I decided to give country music an earnest try again. I was listening to Brad Paisley's "Too Country" (Bill Anderson) and heard the line, "Does the fiddle and steel remind you too much of home." Well, all the Saturday mornings when I had to listen to my dad play along with Ernest Tubb records when I'd rather have been watching cartoons came flooding back, and I realized, "Man, it does remind me too much of home."

Anyways, after that, I basically fell in love with country music again. It was like I finally cleared out the demons and started judging the music for the music and how it makes me feel, not how it makes other people feel. Now, I write music all the time. I like to play my songs for anyone that will listen. People seem to like my songs, so I'll keep playing them until someone tells me to stop, and even then I'll probably still play them really late at night.

Lyrics

You Only Call Me When You're Leaving

Written By: Eric Bilbrey, Michael Manning

You said you need your space
Just another break
We’ve been there before

But when you called the other day
You said that things had changed
Now you needed more

So all that now remains
Are some pictures in some frames
And the memories of a love that’s dead and gone

But I’ll climb back to my feet
And pray I have the strength
To carry on

You only call me when you’re leaving
You only call to say goodbye
You say one day you might need me again
But for now you just need time
You’ll be wrapped up in some lover’s arms
As I cry myself to sleep
So don’t call me when you’re leaving
Unless you’re leaving him for me

In spite of all we had go wrong
Now that you are gone
It’s just the good times I see

And I wish I could go back
To the life I used to have
Back when you still loved me

And every night that you’re away
Is another night I’ll say
I’ll just wait till tomorrow and then

I’ll let myself let go
And then I’ll finally know
You won't hurt me again

You only call me when you’re leaving
You only call to say goodbye
You say one day you might need me again
But for now you just need time
And if there’s nothing left for me to say
And this is how it’s gonna be
Just don’t call me when you’re leaving again
Unless you’re leaving him for me
Yeah don’t call me when you’re leaving again
Unless you’re leaving him for me

Can't Wait Till Carolina

Written By: Eric Bilbrey

Cold, Thursday morning leaving Nashville, TN
With grey skies weighing heavy on my mind
But up ahead I know she's waiting there for me
So I just can't wait till Caroline

Yeah I just can't wait till Carolina
There's only 500 miles left to go
And it's raining here but over there the skies are clear
So I just can't wait till Caroline

The sound of music playing on the radio
Drowns out the storm that blows outside
Lightning strikes and thunder rolls like country roads
That lead me to my home in Caroline

And I just can't wait till Carolina
There's only 400 miles left to go
And it's raining here but over there the skies are clear
So I just can't wait till Caroline

Driving through the mountains watching leaves fall from the trees
With signs that point me on my way
The road is long, but I've got all the time I need
And promises to keep in Caroline

And I just can't wait till Carolina
There's only 300 miles left to go
And it's raining here but over there the skies are clear
So I just can't wait till Caroline

And I've been away, but I'm coming home today
And I just can't wait till Caroline
Yeah I just can't wait till Caroline

Health Matters

Written By: Eric Bilbrey

You've got copays for your xrays and your CT scans
While HMOs and PPOs are getting out of hand
New drugs for flu bugs and allergies too
It can start to get confusing and you don't know what to do

But when it comes to staying healthy from your head down to your toes
We talk about the issues that you really need to know
For the cure with a little dose of laughter
All you need to know is health matters

*30 sec ends here

Aw, we can't do your taxes and we can't fix your car
But when you're health's in danger we're never very far

For those of you that think it's too good to be true
Be sure to ask your doctor if our show is right for you
For the cure with a little dose of laugher
All you need to know is health
Yeah, all you need to know is your health matters