Cat of 9 Tales

Cat of 9 Tales

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Progressive original country and country-rock with a twist. Great ballads. Powerful lyrics. Can excite a crowd or hush a room with my songs. Timeless themes with contemporary musical phrasing and Gen-Y lyrics

Biography

Eric Holmgren Biography
A Series of “Firsts’ Mark His Career

Eric Holmgren was born in Massachusetts in 1984. Eric picked up his first guitar at age 6 and has been playing ever since, performing his first show at age 14.

At 17, Eric started his first band, a rock and roll show that lasted 4 years. During that time, Eric worked the typical day job to pay for his “toys”. At one job, his boss played Country music all shift long.

Eric was not a big fan of Country at that time, but like all good musicians with open minds, Country grew in his heart and he started learning covers and writing originals.

He played locally and eventually got gigs around Massachusetts as he developed his craft and a solid following in his home state.

In 2008, Eric took a leap of faith and, never having visited Nashville, moved to town and began to make the rounds. He has played The Nashville Palace, Douglas Corner, the famous Anchor High Marina in Hendersonville, The Listening Room, and even a Hooters!

He continued to tour his home state periodically and released his first Country album, Broken Road, in December 2008 in Nashville. That is quite a history for someone so young, but Eric was just getting started.

In June 2009, he formed his first Nashville band, shot footage for music videos, and was signed to his first management deal, all within one month! The process of signing a booking contract to tour East of the Mississippi is well underway and he will start his second album in 2010, in time for a Spring tour.

Inquiries for bookings can be made via Jim Rorie Management at platinumsongman@yahoo.com or by calling 615-562-0247 between the hours of 11 AM and 6 PM CDT.

Eric is a crowd-pleaser and even in clubs and other venues that don’t have a “quiet during performance” rule, Eric manages to stop conversations while he plays. The thunderous applause he receives, as well as the brisk sale of his album following each show, is testament to how his music connects with people on so many levels.

Check Eric Holmgren out for yourself and ask your favorite club to bring him to town for a show you will never forget. You can hear Eric’s music at: www.ericholmgren.com or at www.myspace.com/ericholmgren.

Lyrics

Someone Went Crazy

Written By: Jim Rorie

Someone Went Crazy In Texas Last Night
© Jim Rorie, Lydia Rorie, Mark Hays 2008

Chorus

Someone went crazy in Texas last night
Someone who woke to the pain
Of a lifetime that cheated him
The fate that defeated him
As the Darkness closed in on the light
Yes, Someone went crazy in Texas last night

Verse

Madness stalked his family
Like a ghost in the night
As the years passed away
They all turned form the light
He watched his father go
So steady, so slow
And thought about his loving wife

Lift

He could not put her through it
Couldn’t let her see him lose it
So he left all alone for the fight

Verse

He told the kids he’d visit
But it turned out a lie
When he slipped off the edge
He could feel his soul fly
They laid him down in the cold cold ground
And sang “In the Sweet Bye and Bye”

Chorus

Someone went crazy in Texas last night
Someone who broke from the pain
Of a lifetime that cheated him
The fate that defeated him
As darkness closed in on the light
Yes, Someone went crazy in Texas last night

Verse

Now she works the 4 to 12 shift
At the local Quick Mart
She lives day to day
Losing him broke her heart
And late at night
She drinks till she feels right
And cries all alone in the dark

Verse

Someday she may remarry
If she finds a good man
Who will hold her real close
Stroke her hair…understand
How life turned out bad
How he drove himself mad
Why she writes in a trembling hand

Chorus

Someone went crazy in Texas last night
Someone who broke from the pain
Of a lifetime that cheated her
Fate that defeated her
As darkness gave way to the light
Yes, Someone went crazy in Texas last night

Yes someone went crazy
In the twilight and haziness
Someone went crazy
In Texas last night

Discography

Broken Road 2008. 10 song EP. Available on i-Tunes. Tracks on this site as well.

Set List

I range in cover tunes from newer styles such as Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, ect. to classics such as Johnny Cash, Lynard Skynard, Eagles, Waylen Jennings, ect. I also do In between such as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Travis Tritt, Brooks and Dunn. I play Shows any where from 2 to 4 hours and my typical set time runs about 45 to 50 minutes. I will always play original material with in my sets as well. The sets them selves are not in a mapped order which is crowd friendly to make requests for artists they might want to here covered