Eric Bilbrey
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Eric Bilbrey

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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.