Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet
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Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1995 | INDIE

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1995
Band Americana Folk

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Jan
19
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Turf Club

St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MN

Mar
02
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Three Crows On River Street

Delano, Minnesota, USA

Delano, Minnesota, USA

Mar
01
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Ginkgo Coffeehouse

Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Feb
27
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Feb
08
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Contented Cow

Northfield, Minnesota, USA

Northfield, Minnesota, USA

Jan
25
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ groundswell coffee

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Apr
21
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Art Bar

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Apr
20
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ The Frequency

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Mar
31
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Uncommon Ground (Devon Ave.)

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Mar
30
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Mother Fool's Coffeehouse

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Mar
16
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Three Crows On River Street

Delano, Minnesota, USA

Delano, Minnesota, USA

Mar
10
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Fitger's Brewhouse

Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Mar
09
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Harding High School

Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Mar
08
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Contented Cow

Northfield, Minnesota, USA

Northfield, Minnesota, USA

Mar
07
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ 331 Club

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Feb
29
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ 400 Bar

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Feb
25
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Feb
01
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ 331 Club

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Feb
01
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ 331 Club

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Jan
25
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ 400 Bar

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Jan
20
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ The Coffee Grounds

Falcon Heights, Minnesota, USA

Falcon Heights, Minnesota, USA

Nov
12
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ The Coffee Grounds

Falcon Heights, Minnesota, USA

Falcon Heights, Minnesota, USA

Sep
24
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Three Crows On River Street

Delano, Minnesota, USA

Delano, Minnesota, USA

Jul
16
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Camp Manito-wish YMCA

Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, USA

Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, USA

Jul
12
Erik Brandt / Urban Hillbilly Quartet @ Zumbrota East Park

Zumbrota, Minnesota, USA

Zumbrota, Minnesota, USA

Music

Press


“Brandt and his supporting cast of collaborators certainly throw their stylistic net far and wide with this collection, taking in sweet 'n' sharp power-pop with a Jayhawk-esque slant on opener ‘Greater Than’, to crunchier country rock on ‘Don’t Let It Happen To You’, to the fairly standard low-slung Blues-Rock of ‘Anywhere But Here’. But even by these standards, the hushed bluesy jazz of ‘Thoughtless’ (including clarinet solo) near the album's close is a curveball that somehow pays off well.” Ian Fildes. Americana-uk.com. April 2012 - Americana-uk.com


“If superlatives come strong enough to do master singer-songsmith Erik Brandt’s
The Long Winter (House of Mercy Recordings) justice, they escape this reviewer.
Long-time head honcho of storied veterans the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, Brandt pulls
off a true tour de force with ingenious, eclectic originality, some of strongest songwriting you’re likely to ever come across. … Bottom line, the man is a musician’s musician.
Erik Brandt’s The Long Winter is one of those rare finds you’re going to find yourself yammering about to friends, family, and anyone else you can get to still long
enough to listen.”
Dwight Hobbes. Tcdailyplanet.net Mar 2012 - tcdailyplanet.net


“If superlatives come strong enough to do master singer-songsmith Erik Brandt’s
The Long Winter (House of Mercy Recordings) justice, they escape this reviewer.
Long-time head honcho of storied veterans the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, Brandt pulls
off a true tour de force with ingenious, eclectic originality, some of strongest songwriting you’re likely to ever come across. … Bottom line, the man is a musician’s musician.
Erik Brandt’s The Long Winter is one of those rare finds you’re going to find yourself yammering about to friends, family, and anyone else you can get to still long
enough to listen.”
Dwight Hobbes. Tcdailyplanet.net Mar 2012 - tcdailyplanet.net


“Giving himself the freedom to explore all possibilities, St. Paul, Minnesota
singer/songwriter Erik Brandt lets go with his eclectic, third solo project, “The Long Winter.” The frontman for the Urban Hillbilly Quartet steps out here with his own
dark-but-hopeful blend of folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz.”
Janet Goodman. Music News Nashville. April 2012
- Music News Nashville


“Giving himself the freedom to explore all possibilities, St. Paul, Minnesota
singer/songwriter Erik Brandt lets go with his eclectic, third solo project, “The Long Winter.” The frontman for the Urban Hillbilly Quartet steps out here with his own
dark-but-hopeful blend of folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz.”
Janet Goodman. Music News Nashville. April 2012
- Music News Nashville


These concrete jungle hayseeds from the wind-whipped plains of St. Paul are fervent eclectics, liable to wander into funk, Arabic, or Irish music at the drop of a hi-hat. But their true allegiance is to bands like the Flying Burrito Brothers and their descendents, who like to mash together country, bluegrass, and rock n’ roll.


- CITY PAGES, Rick Mason


These concrete jungle hayseeds from the wind-whipped plains of St. Paul are fervent eclectics, liable to wander into funk, Arabic, or Irish music at the drop of a hi-hat. But their true allegiance is to bands like the Flying Burrito Brothers and their descendents, who like to mash together country, bluegrass, and rock n’ roll.


- CITY PAGES, Rick Mason


Amelia’s Boot is a gem of an album. If Brandt and UHQ continue to make these kinds of evolutions, I have no doubt that we’ll soon be brandishing words like“masterpiece” and drawing comparisons with albums like Fisherman’s Blues.”

- PASTE MAGAZINE, Tim Porter


Amelia’s Boot is a gem of an album. If Brandt and UHQ continue to make these kinds of evolutions, I have no doubt that we’ll soon be brandishing words like“masterpiece” and drawing comparisons with albums like Fisherman’s Blues.”

- PASTE MAGAZINE, Tim Porter


The name says it all. Erik Brandt & the Urban Hillbilly Quartet are the new face of Americana. This isn’t Willie Nelson’s weary lullaby of rural American. No, this is Ben Folds fronting Uncle Tupelo. And it rocks. While the Urban Hillbilly’s love for pure country music is obvious, their sound doesn’t quite fit the conventional canon. Highly recommended for fans of The Court and Spark’s eccentric twang or Wilco’s rustic experimentation.

- SHUT EYE (Atlanta, GA) Ryan Hoffer


Totally devoid of any cliché. Roots music at its best and refreshment for my ears!...9 out of 10 stars
- CROSSRHYTHMS MAGAZINE (UK) Mike Rimmer


The name says it all. Erik Brandt & the Urban Hillbilly Quartet are the new face of Americana. This isn’t Willie Nelson’s weary lullaby of rural American. No, this is Ben Folds fronting Uncle Tupelo. And it rocks. While the Urban Hillbilly’s love for pure country music is obvious, their sound doesn’t quite fit the conventional canon. Highly recommended for fans of The Court and Spark’s eccentric twang or Wilco’s rustic experimentation.

- SHUT EYE (Atlanta, GA) Ryan Hoffer


In Minneapolis Erik captains the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, whose Amelia’s Boot is split between jazz-fusion bluegrass hippie jams and alt-country....In “Need to Love” he raps clumsily with soul sisters behind him; in “100 Years,” his doomsday-warning voice sounds a whole lot like Bruce Cockburn.

- VILLAGE VOICE (NYC)


In Minneapolis Erik captains the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, whose Amelia’s Boot is split between jazz-fusion bluegrass hippie jams and alt-country....In “Need to Love” he raps clumsily with soul sisters behind him; in “100 Years,” his doomsday-warning voice sounds a whole lot like Bruce Cockburn.

- VILLAGE VOICE (NYC)


UHQ pushes Americana’s boundaries beyond breaking point on “Amelia’s Boot”, throwing smoky jazz, funk and even punk doo-wap into the brew.

- AMERICANA-UK.COM Peter Bate


UHQ pushes Americana’s boundaries beyond breaking point on “Amelia’s Boot”, throwing smoky jazz, funk and even punk doo-wap into the brew.

- AMERICANA-UK.COM Peter Bate


Erik Brandt of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet introduces his excellent new solo album, Green Eyed Alone—a warm and engaging disc which has great potential to find an audience outside the normal alt-country circles.
March 2006
- PIONEER PRESS (St Paul, MN) Ross Raihala


Erik Brandt of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet introduces his excellent new solo album, Green Eyed Alone—a warm and engaging disc which has great potential to find an audience outside the normal alt-country circles.
March 2006
- PIONEER PRESS (St Paul, MN) Ross Raihala


Another CD from the House of Mercy that oozes heart, Erik Brandt of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet is issuing his first bona-fide solo disc Green Eyed Alone. Echoing the Jayhawk’s piano-fueled twang-pop, the album incudes a lot of Brandt’s UHQ cohorts and guest vocals from Tim O’Reagan.
March 2006

- STAR TRIBUNE (Minneapolis) Chris Riemenschneider


Another CD from the House of Mercy that oozes heart, Erik Brandt of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet is issuing his first bona-fide solo disc Green Eyed Alone. Echoing the Jayhawk’s piano-fueled twang-pop, the album incudes a lot of Brandt’s UHQ cohorts and guest vocals from Tim O’Reagan.
March 2006

- STAR TRIBUNE (Minneapolis) Chris Riemenschneider


One of the best albums this year is already out, but you probably haven’t heard of theartist behind it: Erik Brandt. Green Eyed Alone is the singer-songwriter’s first solo album,
and though I’ve enjoyed his work for years as the front man of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, his latest is definitely his best.
- SOUTH COUNTRY CHRONICLE (VA) Rob Blackwell


Erik Brandt, singer/multi instrumentalist with the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, skillfully spans a range of genres as broad as his travels—from Oakland, Calif., to British pubs to Australia. Brandt’s vocals, at times fiery and at others plaintive and haunting, melancholy piano and quirky songwriting make for a great CD accessible to everyone.”
March 2006
- THE PULSE (Minneapolis/St Paul) Cyn Collins


One of the best albums this year is already out, but you probably haven’t heard of theartist behind it: Erik Brandt. Green Eyed Alone is the singer-songwriter’s first solo album,
and though I’ve enjoyed his work for years as the front man of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, his latest is definitely his best.
- SOUTH COUNTRY CHRONICLE (VA) Rob Blackwell


Discography

1997: Living in The City (Fundamental/Hymn 13)
1998: St. Paul Town (Fundamental/Hymn 16)
1999: Beautiful Lazy (Fundamental/Hymn 19/TrueTunes Records)
2000: Lanky But Macho (Independent)
2001: Hot and Now (Bert Records)
2002: (Erik Brandt & UHQ) Amelias Boot (Fundamental 1 A.D.)
2003: The A-List (Fundamental 2 A.D.)
2006: Green Eyed Alone (Mercy Recordings)
2008: Bring in the Sails (Mercy Recordings)
2009: Sometimes (Mercy Recordings)
2012: The Long Winter (House of Mercy Recordings)

Distribution
United States: Electric Fetus (Mpls, MN) 1-800-328-5034
Internet: PasteMusic.com

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Bio

"The Long Winter by Erik Brandt is a beautiful album. What really blows my mind and influenced my thinking is the continuity of the performance.
A "must buy" album."
John Shelton Ivany. May 2012

Erik Brandt has been the ringleader of the award-winning eclectic Twin Cities-based Urban Hillbilly Quartet since 1995. By night, he plays music. By day, he teaches English and Journalism at Harding High School in St. Paul. Hes played in venues all over the USA, Canada, Australia, and on various street corners throughout Europe. Hes also taught high school Shakespeare, rudimentary grammar, haikus and standardized test prep.

On stage, Erik performs mainly original material drawn from the Americana vein. Most of his original tunes can be found on the eight albums hes recorded with the UHQ and his three solo albums, including his latest, The Long Winter. When choosing covers, he pulls liberally from the catalogs of Bob Dylan, Big Bill Broonzy, Johnny Cash, and other Americana heroes. As a multi-instrumentalist, Erik switches between acoustic guitar, piano and accordion during performances.

His music has been influenced by and compared to: Americana powerhouses The Jayhawks, Gillian Welch, and Uncle Tupelo; Georgias Vigilantes of Love; Britains The Waterboys; Australias Paul Kelly; Canadas Bruce Cockburn; and folk/jazz pioneers David Grisman, Paris Combo and Tin Hat Trio.

Though Erik mostly performs solo, he is often joined by guests from UHQ and other bands on stage. The combination of his different instruments, songwriting talent and musical guests makes his live performances dynamic and unique.

His music has been influenced by and compared to: Americana powerhouses The Jayhawks, Gillian Welch, and Uncle Tupelo; Georgias Vigilantes of Love; Britains The Waterboys; Australias Paul Kelly; Canadas Bruce Cockburn; and folk/jazz pioneers David Grisman, Paris Combo and Tin Hat Trio.

Though Erik mostly performs solo, he is often joined by guests from UHQ and other bands on stage. The combination of his different instruments, songwriting talent and musical guests makes his live performances dynamic and unique.

See more photos, live footage & download free songs at www.ErikBrandt.com

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