Eric Friedmann and The Lucky Rubes
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Eric Friedmann and The Lucky Rubes


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"Eric Friedmann and The Lucky Rubes"

Written by Ant Standring
4th December 2007 (34 views)

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Released: 3rd December 2007
Label: Poison Tree Records/Solana Records

‘Rocketship Nightlight’ sounds like John Cale leading a latter day Lemonheads through an accessible and openly constructed song that could’ve quite easily been written by REM. Some great guitar distracts from the somewhat monotone vocal that sings a percussion fuelled song that’s filled with quirky lyrics throughout. Ambling along with the energy of the ‘Eagles’, EF & co are ear friendly to say the least. Let’s see what the next track offers up.
‘Deadline’ is surely pure homage to all the cowboy trucker types out there. Upbeat and on the move this initially menacing track eases soon enough to invite all for a good old toe tapping, hand clapping time. Not a million miles removed from the previous track, but certainly far enough to avoid any pigeonholing for a band that could perhaps be labelled as just another band on the circuit. But there’s an abundance of obvious charm and talent that disproves any doubters out there.
‘Telephone Girl’ has some superb hand clap assisted percussion going on, sneakily upholding the sparse but nonetheless pleasing guitar work. Yet another dimension to this bands sound that, owing for the regrettably monotone vocal, defies description beyond well, just plain dandy! - Glasswerk, UK


Semivintage, 1994
Play Terrapin Station EP, 1995
Ultimate Love Songs, 1998
Kablooie, 2000
Telephone Girl, 2007



Eric Friedmann and The Lucky Rubes have been together since the summer of 2001, starting up in San Francisco, CA. Eric has been a fixture of the California music community since the mid-eighties, and has played in countless bands on various instruments up and down the West Coast, the Midwest, and in Europe. He has worked extensively as a producer and engineer in various studios, recording numerous local and regional bands, as well as being involved in musical productions for Comedy Central and ABC Television. In 1992 he founded Solana Records, and has recorded and released albums by some of the Bay Area's most exciting talent.

The simple, stripped down sound of the band may remind the listener of the great guitar and vocal-based artists such as Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Dave Edmunds, The Plimsouls, Cheap Trick, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Nick Lowe. The songs are whimsical in sentiment and delivery, rich in tone and arrangement, evocative and respectful of the most valued traditions of real rock and roll. 2007 saw the band relocating from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area accompanied by a brand new album, playing at venues such as Tangier, The Derby, 14 Below, The Rhythm Lounge, The Blue Cafe, and The Dragonfly. They are now back in the Bay Area, having come home safely from a fruitful UK jaunt during the summer of 2008.

The CD "Telephone Girl" is available on Poison Tree Records.