Eric Langberg

Eric Langberg

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Whether performing solo or with a band, Eric Langberg's broad influences come through in his singing style and guitar playing. Eric's songs and performances are fueled by emotion, sometimes light and playful other times heavy with serious consideration of weighty subjects.

Biography

ERIC LANGBERG, currently living in Pennsylvania with his wife and children, has been performing for nearly thirty years, recently sharing the stage with veteran bluesman Jimmy Thackery at the National Guitar Workshop’s Blues Summit. Langberg’s strong, emotional singing flexes easily from soft, soulful ballads to gritty numbers steeped in the feeling of the blues. The different musical influences show prominently in his guitar playing and song selection for his performances which include both original songs and covers. His playing and singing blend beautifully to communicate the feeling and mood of the songs.

Langberg performs as a solo artist with acoustic guitar and vocals as folk/acoustic blues act and also
with the band "Eric Langberg and Bluestone" which plays blues-rock, funk, soul, and classic rock.

ERIC LANGBERG grew up in a musical household. His father was a professional singer and guitar player. Eric’s grandfather played a multitude of instruments including piano, fiddle, drums, etc, but was most widely known for his harmonica playing. Aunts, uncles, and siblings played instruments or sang. Family gatherings often turned into jam sessions (and still do) with everyone getting into the act.

Eric received his first acoustic guitar at the age of 12 and began the lifelong journey of musicianship by learning to strum and sing folk, country and classic pop songs from whatever materials he could find in the house. His father’s extensive record collection and printed materials provided a wealth of styles to learn and draw from. Eric’s first electric guitar came at the age of 15 and his father introduced him to the awesome ferocity of guitar player Roy Buchanan, which opened up the door to the Blues. Since that point Eric has played Folk, Country, Blues, Soul, Rock, and Southern rock in various band and solo situations.

Lyrics

Can I Come Live With You

Written By: Eric Langberg

Can I Come Live With You
© ERIC LANGBERG 2006

A lonely little boy, a week away from ten
He’s lost and he’s forgotten, doesn’t have a friend
His mother and his father are trying to get ahead
Too busy to kiss and hug him as he goes off to bed
So he lays there in the dark and tries to go to sleep
He says a little prayer as a tear rolls down his cheek

Lord, thank you for my family
I love them Lord I do
But no one knows I’m here
Can I come live with you?

A lady who’s been beaten, her body and her mind
Been torn to little pieces by a man she thought was kind
He tells her that he loves her, he says she don’t love him
She cries that it’s not true but he hits her once again
She can’t imagine leaving, this is how she’ll spend her life
She’ll honor her commitment to be his loving wife

Lord, thank you for my husband
I love him Lord I do
But my broken bones are aching
Can I come live with you?

‘Cause everything is better I know it must be true
I’d leave this world behind, If I could live with you

A father lives alone, on the other side of town
Deep within the city, with people all around
But no one comes to see him, his family’s moved away
Stares out a dingy window at the fading of the day
He turns away and sees his worn out easy chair
His medals on the mantle, the uniform he would wear

Lord thank you for this country
I love it, Lord I do
But I have been forgotten
Can I come live with you?

‘Cause everything is better I know it must be true
I’d leave this world behind, if only I could live with you

Blues Champion

Written By: Eric Langberg

Blues Champion
© ERIC LANGBERG 2005

There’s a little boy I know
His tough life makes him feel so low
He’s the last one picked on the losing team
When they leave he’s the first to go
Sure there’ll be some happy times
But for now he’s full of woe

He’s the Blues Champion,
He’s the champion of the blues
Mean old world keeps getting him down
All he ever does is lose

Lost his stuffed bed-time buddy Bert
Skinned his knee, got his feelings hurt
Sat at lunch spilled his chocolate milk
Ice cream cone fell in the dirt
Broke a toy that he really likes
Got grape juice on his favorite shirt

He’s the Blues Champion,
He’s the champion of the blues
Mean old world keeps getting him down
All he ever does is lose

Thirty Crayons but they all look gray
His best friend went and moved away
Got in trouble ‘cause he didn’t clean his room
There’s that lie he didn’t mean to say
Didn’t wake up in time for school
No TV after school today

He’s the Blues Champion,
He’s a champion of the blues
Mean old world keeps getting him down
All he ever does is lose

He’s the Blues Champion,
He’s the champion of the blues
Mean old world keeps getting him down
All he ever does is lose