Eric French and Mr. Hyde
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Eric French and Mr. Hyde

Providence, Rhode Island, United States | SELF

Providence, Rhode Island, United States | SELF
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"The devil inside: Eric French, meet Mr. Hyde - Little fury things"

By Chris Conti

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric French possesses a pedigree well-befitting of his ambitious double-CD debut, Eric French & Mr Hyde: a degree from the Berklee School of Music, a veteran blues guitarist for a dad (Ron French), and continued insight and guidance from invaluable family friends such as local six-string icon Eric Fontana. Eric French & Mr Hyde features one disc of acoustic tracks and a second “electric” disc of roadhouse rock and barroom blues numbers, both highlighting French’s nimble picking and introspective, heart-on-sleeve narratives. This isn’t a split disc/split personality concept album, but a revelatory collection of impressive cuts French has been developing over the past three years.

A bluesman at heart, French culls inspiration from failed relationships, as eloquently saluted in the album’s liner notes: “And a very special thanks to all my ex-girlfriends. Without your exquisite incompatibility this would never have been possible.” Divine inspiration arrives in the form of gospel singer Andre Lovelle, who provided backing vocals and (with vocalist Ingrid Gerdes) will accompany French on upcoming dates. French’s touring trio includes bassist Walt Skorupski, percussionist Corey Schreppel, and brother Aaron French.

A blog entry from earlier this year could double as a mantra: “You can grab people by the neck and toss them somewhere emotionally when you play it right.” The hushed opener “Your Mountain” gives way to the pretty melody of “Lay Your Fiddle Down.” In “There Goes the Neighborhood,”"Hate just bought the house that trust lived in” while Spite and Envy call to say “they’d be happy to drop by.” Sexual identity is coldly addressed on “Soldier,” but nothing tops French’s subtle delivery as a vengeful lover scorned on “Ain’t No Fury.” Eric and his crew dive into rockabilly mode on the second disc’s two-minute opener “Worst In Me” before having some big-time fun on tongue-in-cheek cuts “My Girlfriend’s Back,” “BIG Dream,” and “16 (Nobody Told Me).” French’s guitar skills rise above on “Sally Don’t Lie” and the feisty, fuzzy “Dirty Bluz.” “Maybe I love her, maybe I don’t/Maybe she’ll notice, maybe she won’t,” he laments on “She Doesn’t Know,” while Lovelle gracefully adorns the upbeat closing track “I Wanna Luv.”

The Eric French & Mr Hyde digital download is available right now at, while the snazzy digipak will be available at the CD release party at the Met this weekend.

Here are some highlights from our e-chat with Eric French (his first official Eric French & Mr. Hyde presser):


My dad raised me on a steady diet of blues and rock guitarists, and Eric Fontana helped prepare me for music school when I was a teenager. I am a disciple of the Eric Fontana School of Rocking the F*@k Out. There is no table too wobbly to stand on while ripping a solo, no heart in the audience too distant to break just a little.


Originally, I was inadvertently coming up with both rock as well as folkier arrangements, so we could go play a coffeehouse, then for the next gig we’d crank it up for a roadhouse bar. I felt like the tunes on each side all belonged together, but I didn’t really have a plot in mind, nor enough clever transitions from song to song to create an actual “concept album.” I wanted to include both styles on this album, so when it comes time to release the next project people won’t be confused.


I’m a proponent of the Multiverse theory of songwriting. I believe great songs are out there, somewhere. It’s fun to work to find the right title, lyrics, harmony and sound, while the idea of creating great art from a blank canvas may sound sexier, but that’s some serious pressure. - The Providence Phoenix

"Jack Hale"

“Eric French combines unique talents as a singer/songwriter with his background as an excellent musician/ guitarist. He's the rare combination of gifted storyteller, vocalist, and musician.”
- Memphis Horns/ Producer Johnny Cash/Seals and Crofts

"Charlie "the Count" Sorrento"

"Eric's songs are replete with insight and honesty. The songs while artful and beautiful on the ear are little visions, stories of humanity".
- Bellevue Cadillac

"Eric Fontana"

"Great songs, great singing and great guitar playing. %100 driven by music and performing, Eric's talent and commitment to quality and uniqueness are contagious and inclusive. Consider me a fan!"
- The Ultrafine Reducers, Hope Anchor


Eric French & Mr. Hyde - LP released 10/10, currently being played on WRIU, WBRU, WXIN



This first release from Eric French is a dual, full-length profile of two musical voices. His unapologetic rock n’ bluz bombast is set off by an introspective acoustic streak. An explosive trio in the tradition of The Experience, The Cream, and The Police is balanced by a lone singer with an acoustic guitar.

Living and performing in Providence and Boston for years after attending Berklee College of Music, Eric developed his rock and folk personas while simultaneously working as a guitarist for other artists. The son of a blues guitar player, tools and support were present from a young age. As a cancer survivor, so was the inspiration, resolve, and patience necessary to bring his work to bear.

Eric French & Mr. Hyde is self-produced and released, coached along by mentors Charles Sorrento (Colwell-Winfield Blues Band, Bellevue Cadillac), and Jack Hale (Producer/MD Johnny Cash, Seals and Crofts, member Memphis Horns). Recorded with musicians in Boston and Brooklyn, Newcastle and Nashville, it tells a variety of stories.