Eric Holland

Eric Holland

BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

Musica: Celebrating the racial freedom that is finally forming in America.

My music is folk-rock-Espanglish ballads congratulating the perseverance and dignity of the Southwestern American-Mexican-Latino-Hispanic & the Chicanos.

Plus the brave ballads about Mexico. Es un voz del silencio.

Biography

In another lifetime, Eric Holland made his living as a full time tennis pro, plying his trade in swanky resorts. He traveled, from Asia to Spain to the Caribbean, never settling for long, absorbing different cultures and languages. The diversity he encountered left an impression. So did the racism and discrimination he witnessed that didn’t seem to respect border or boundaries.

When his playing days ended, Eric returned to his native Arizona. Soon, he earned a master’s degree in Bilingual Education. He spent the next decade teaching English as a Second Language, instructing and mentoring students more comfortable speaking their native Hindi, Mandarin or Spanish than English. There was always a guitar in his classroom. Music was always at the core of his teaching; the universal language tore down walls. A child reluctant to speak in class had no problem learning Hey Jude.

Holland’s life was interrupted when he lost a house to a wildfire in Central Arizona. He decided to seek a rebirth – in Mexico. He now lives and performs full time in San Carlos, Sonora.

Never far from his mind are his ESL students that inspired his poetry and the trials of the immigrants in the Southwest that inform his music.

Lyrics

Amnesty

Written By: Eric Holland

"The Border’s a Card game, it’s like a lottery
lady or the tiger which one will it be,
some seek asylum, some take amnesty,
last year the desert took 133"

Nothin' like a Friend

Written By: Eric Holland

“When your daughter looks at you,
there’s no food upon her plate,
if there's no answer you can give her,
then it’s you who decides her fate”

Mi Señor de Sonora (Spanish/Español)

Written By: Eric Holland

"Porque un pais no puede ser como una Madre...calmada con brazos abierto?

"Porque el color de la piel es tan importante, al cruzar la misma frontera?"

My Señora of Sonora (English)

Written By: Eric Holland

"Why can’t a country be like a Mother, opened armed peaceful and kind?

How can a color be such an issue when crossing the same border line?”

Andale, Andale

Written By: Eric Holland

"Caca de vaca on my riding boots
my silver spurs don't spin
America is a two day ride
I'm out of work again"

"If you get beyond the border
then fortune is your friend
greed will grab you by the short hairs
and you won't go back again"

"If my horse climbs the Sierras
where the cactus grows so tall
there's a land of oppurtunity
it will beckon with it's call"

"Andale, Andale
amigo vamos
no hay atajo sin trabajo (there is no shortcut to life)
the long way around is the shortest way to go)"

Discography

Borders, Battles and Beers

One hundred years ago, Poncho Villa and Emiliano Zapata were new world Robin Hoods; bullet belts and rifles replaced quivers of bows, sombreros replaced feathered hats, their merry men were a cast of thousands fighting for freedom. Half legend, half machismo, and all revolutionary, their lives and memories continue to influence people across borders.


American Inmigrante

Before the Great Recession, as many as 1000 immigrants per day were crossing their northern border in search of opportunity and a seeking a better life in the United States. Many never made it. This album depicts the trials, the tribulations, and the deaths in the desert of immigrants going north. My Senora of Sonora, Panal Sucio and Devil’s Highway were recorded in Spanish. Violin, cello, trumpet, flutes and accordions accompany Eric’s acoustic work.

Without Borders

Devil’s Highway (Camino del Diablo) by Luis Alberto Urrea inspired Holland’s first album, released in 2004. The best selling novel tells the story of 26 Mexican immigrants crossing the border near Ajo. Through searing heat and unforgiving terrain, they walked. Only 12 made it.

As this reality was becoming hard to ignore, Andy Hersey, a cowboy-horseshoer-balladeer was performing weekly in Tempe. His signature song, Caballero Blanco, as well as the work of Roger Clyne influenced the Spanglish lyrics.

Amnesty

This spring, Eric will release Amnesty (Without Borders IV), a compilation of songs documenting the immigrant experience and celebrating reforms like the Dream Act, a small step in the right direction down a long road.