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"Chris Jordan, Staff Writer,"

Not fade away

Eric Squindo is back, albeit feeling `Roadsick'
By CHRIS JORDAN
Pulse Writer

November 14, 2003, Section: E, Page: 07

Those in attendence at the Eric Squindo solo show tomorrow night at Tumulty's Pub in New Brunswick won't be getting a plateful of Grateful Dead cover tunes.

Instead, Squindo, formerly of the Dead cover band Great North Special, will be performing mostly his own warm, whimsical and tuneful country-folk songs, as featured on his CD, "Roadsick," copies of which will be available at the show.

Squindo certainly has an ability to write an engaging song, which is enhanced by his dusty-road tenor singing voice.

"Growing up, you would hear country music and it was taboo, uncool," said Squindo, 30, a life-long resident of New Brunswick. "Then you start hearing real country music, and you suddenly start realizing that there are other types of music."

Area club goers might associate Squindo with his former band, which used to pack clubs like the Court Tavern with Deadheads in the late 1990s. Now, Squindo plays solo and with his new band, Along Came Jones, which performs Nov. 20 at Tumulty's and Nov. 22 at the Somerset Inn, near New Brunswick in Somerset.

Eric Squindo, 10 p.m. tomorrow, Tumulty's Pub, 361 George St., New Brunswick. Free. (732) 545-6205.

Chris Jordan:
(732) 565-7275
cjordan@thnt .com

Copyright (c) Home News Tribune. - Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, NJ)


Discography

"Breakfast at Bill's" Spook Handy (2001 Akashic Records) vocals on the song 'Vote'
"Roadsick" Eric Squindo (2003) self-released solo album - recorded at 'the gasworks'
‘The Davidson Mill Tapes’ Eric Squindo (2004) self-released EP
‘The Story of Annie Edson’ Eric Squindo (2004) self-released single

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As a young child in the early seventies, Eric Squindo already had an addiction to songwriting. Since then, he has been honing his craft line by line, verse by verse. Turned on by AM pop radio, Squindo spent his nights huddled over the scratchy half-inch speakers while the words of Jim Steinman, Jackson Browne, and Bernie Taupin soaked into his thirsty subconscious. Determined to be more than a poet, he began strumming an acoustic guitar in high school while working out his dusty-road tenor singing voice. For years following, Squindo continued writing, armed with the ability to put his words to music. All he needed now was a musical direction to focus his rambling. By now, the music he had grown up with seemed processed and soulless, while the complex, over-cerebrated Dylan wannabes of the nineties bored him. Instead, he looked to the simple honesty of legendary wordsmiths such as Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie. Late one New Years Day, a radio show out of New York played a set of Townes Van Zandt, a country/folk songwriter from Texas that had just passed away. From that moment, Townes would become one of Eric’s most essential influences – this classic “Americana” would define the backbone of Squindo’s writing. He immersed himself in the sound of other similar artists such as Steve Earle, John Prine, and Lucinda Williams. Soon after, Eric began hitting the open mic scene and created a name for himself in Central New Jersey. After several years of playing rhythm guitar and supplying background vocals for local New Jersey bands (including Great North Special, a popular Grateful Dead cover band) Squindo self-released 'Roadsick', his debut solo album. Selling a few hundred out of his backpack, it was described as warm and whimsical country/folk and was rated one of the top ten local albums of 2003 by the Asbury Park Press and the Home News & Tribune. Although he remains a songwriter, Eric occasionally strays as a lyricist and ventures into other forms of scribble. He has written several children’s books (illustrated by his brother, Tony Squindo, a notable visual artist in his own right), as well as a novel that deals with the drama of a struggling musician. In 2006, Squindo began work on his follow-up album while continuing to perform on the east coast. Eric is currently "hibernating" in the Endless Mountains, finishing work on this album, and will return to live performance in the spring of 2007.