Eric Hagen
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Eric Hagen

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2021 | INDIE

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2021
Band Americana Blues Rock

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"Crossroads Motel Review"

In late 2020, and using the pandemic as inspiration to reflect, Eric Hagen rounded up a star studded, socially distanced lineup of musicians (that he affectionately labelled Red River Revival) and got to work on what would eventually become his brand new EP, Crossroads Motel.

Blending elements of Americana with country and even a little blues, the Sturgeon Bay singer/songwriter has produced an eclectic and expertly crafted EP that is more than worthy of your time.

Released in April of this year, Crossroads Motel was co-produced by Marcus Trana (SöNAMUND, Deathfolk) and Hagen himself. Trana also provided drums, guitar, keys,bass and backing vocals, along with a host of other talented musicians.

The EP’s title track, ‘Crossroads Motel’, is also the album’s opener and sets the scene straight from the off. A simple acoustic guitar is met with the whiskeyed vocals of Hagen, and the track just gets more layered and complex as it progresses.

‘Hope’ has a Bon Iver feel to it, thanks to the incredible pedal steel and slide guitar playing of Patrick Lyons. The talented session musician contributed to the EP from his home in Tennessee, refusing to allow the pandemic to interfere with their work. A beautiful, bluesy tune, ‘Hope’ again allows for Hagen’s vocal talents to shine through.

‘You Know Me Best’ shows a rockier side to the outfit. With undeniable inspiration coming from artists like Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton, Hagen has successfully managed to find his own unique sound. And it’s a sound he should be extremely excited and proud about.

‘When You Were Young’ takes things down a notch again – a delicate and unguarded song that I believe perfectly sums up who Eric Hagen is as an artist. Confident and passionate vocals that pierce the soul, over a moving and intoxicating soundscape.

Finishing off the (all too short) EP is something a little unexpected. ‘Mercy On My Soul’ is raw, dirty and distorted. Fuzzy guitars and clattering drums are the order of the day here, and even Hagen puts on a more raucous vocal performance. Though it catches you off guard a little, it’s an incredibly catchy, upbeat and hypnotic tune.

The future looks bright for Eric Hagen and Red River Revival. We can’t wait to hear what they come up with next! - Indie Top 39


"Wait All Night"

Taken off his striking five-track ‘Crossroads Motel‘ EP from earlier this year, Eric Hagen and Red River Revival reminds us that it is possible to catch the eye of the one who you desire no matter how long it takes on ‘Hope‘.

Eric Hagen and Red River Revival is an indie Americana/folk/blues/rock and country act based in Door County, Wisconsin. Led by Eric, this is a soulfully expressive band with an honest touch who create that perfect road trip music.

”Hagen has always been around music in some form or fashion. His first words may have even been “Hey Jude”. He grew up listening to records his parents played including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan. Many timeless records still influence his music today in combination with newer artists such as Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton.” ~ Eric Hagen

You feel the calming nature of a truly skilled singer-songwriter who has many a story to tell from his travels. His intricate musicianship is of a really high standard – as his smooth vocals have you lighting the romantic candles – and pouring another cold one with ice, to get the whole picture of this movie-like experience.

‘Hope‘ from the Wisconsin-based indie Americana/folk/blues/rock and country act Eric Hagen and Red River Revival, is the story of wishing that you could spend more time with her as you feel like there is a special bond. Sung with a majestic tone that towers over all your self-doubts and sadness, this is a wonderful effort that has you feeling so reflective.

Sometimes you can’t be together with that true soul who you want at first, as the timing seems to be off every time. That hope of it finally coming together no matter the time of night, keeps you coming back for more.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen - ANR Factory


"No Pain - Live"

Eric Hagen takes this Marcus King tune to the next level with his own rendition. Hagen takes a Blues/Americana spin of this tune that is worthy of a listen. Hagen delivers a powerful performance with his vocals filled with zest, power, and so many emotions. His performance feels like you are sitting there with him as he lays everything out with a certain type of bareness. Listeners should listen to the end as Hagen displays his remarkable skills as a musician with a thrilling solo where the artist just rocks out by freestyling. - The Weekly


Discography

Crossroads Motel EP
April 28, 2021

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9/23/2022

*HAGEN SIGNS RECORD DEAL WITH SPECTRA MUSIC GROUP*

The Door County, WI based singer-songwriter has been writing and performing a delicate blend of intimate, vulnerable lyrics and musical hooks. He is often praised for his powerful vocals which act as both a story telling tool and an instrument.

Hagen has always been around music in some form or fashion. His first words may have even been “Hey Jude”. He grew up listening to records his parents played including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan. Many timeless records still influence his music today in combination with newer artists such as Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton.

2020 saw the unprecedented times of a pandemic but inspired Hagen to focus on writing. In late 2020, Hagen began writing and recording what would become his latest EP, “Crossroads Motel”, with a star-studded socially-distanced band he refers to as Red River Revival. Co-Produced by Marcus Trana (Genevieve Heyward, Deathfolk) the EP is full on Americana steeped in Rock, Blues and Country. The band features Hagen on vocals and guitar, Trana on Drums, Nashville session player Patrick Lyons (Colter Wall, Cody Jinks), Norway based guitarist Stian Nilsen among others.

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