Sumner Erickson

Sumner Erickson

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

I play ONLY Texas Music ... of the GREAT Roky Erickson, Powell St. John, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Cindy Walker, the Big Bopper and my own. I am Roky's youngest brother enjoying the shade of the long shadow he casts.

Biography

Sumner Erickson is a native of Austin, Texas. He has had a long career playing “both kinds of music”: classical and popular. After 23 years with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as their tuba player he is currently following his bliss to sing. To follow that bliss, he returned from Pittsburgh to Austin in 2004. Since then he has played dozens of solo shows and formed and performed many more shows with his band The Texcentrics. He released his first “singing” CD me, guitar and a mic Vol. 1 in October 2008. The Texcentrics debut is in it’s final stages of completion.

Sumner only plays Texas music. His own and that of great Texas artists like Roy Orbison and his oldest brother Roky.

Lyrics

Pretty Girl

Written By: Sumner Erickson

Pretty girl wants to meet me
But we haven’t met yet
Pretty girl wants to date me
But we haven’t me yet
Pretty girl wants to soulmate me
But we haven’t me yet
Pretty girl wants to love me
But we haven’t me yet

Pretty girl want’s to hug me
But we haven’t me yet
Pretty girl want’s to kiss me
But we haven’t me yet
Pretty girl want’s to marry me
But we haven’t me yet
Pretty girl wants to have our children
But we haven’t me yet

That’s all good
Because I wanna meet
Pretty girl I wanna date
Pretty girl I wanna soulmate
Pretty girl I wanna love
Pretty girl I wanna hug
Pretty girl I wanna kiss
Pretty girl I wanna marry you
Pretty girl I wanna be a dad
Pretty girl

Pretty girl on the inside
On the outside too
Pretty girl so fine
On the outside too
Pretty girl she’s mine
And I’m hers too
Pretty girl feels sublime
And I do too

I know she will meet me
But we haven’t met yet
I know she will meet me
But we haven’t met yet
I know she will meet me
No doubt about it
I know she will meet me
But we haven’t met yet
But we haven’t met yet
But we haven’t met yet

Breathe!

Written By: Sumner Erickson

Don’t be uptight
Hold my hand
Breathe!
It’s alright
It’s all right

Feeling lost
Lost your home
Been displaced
Can’t replace

Can’t go on
Can’t go back
Refuse to give up
Don’t want to fight

Feeling blessed
Can’t be worse
Everyone’s alright
Everyone’s a mess

Not just a wind
But water too
On a rooftop
What to do

Bring out the best
Show the worst too
The beauty of us all
But the ugliness too

Shallow words
Deeps souls
Where to go now
Only God knows

Katrina
A beautiful Greek name
I’m so sad if it’s your name now
Who’s idea anyway
To name a storm and take someone’s name

Zydeco
Dixieland
Louis Armstrong
Preservation Hall

Neville Brothers
Fats Domino
NOLA
Music

Don’t be uptight
Hold my hand
Breathe!
It’s alright
It’s all right

Don’t be uptight
Hold my hand
Breathe!
It’s alright
It’s all right

Don’t be uptight
Hold my hand
Breathe!

The Sun Is Always Shining

Written By: Sumner Erickson

The sun is always shining
The sky is always blue
The sun is always shining
The sky is always blue
The sun is always shining
The sky is always blue
Above the clouds

Feel like you just can’t find a friend
Can’t find anyone to relate to
Feel like you just want to hide
Well, you’re not alone

People saying things that are mean
Laugh and say that’s not what they really mean
Hiding the truth behinds jokes
Well I’m sensitive and it hurts

There they go acting like it’s okay to judge
Waiting for you to take a fall
Expecting you to be perfect or nothing at all
Well if it helps remember

Kids shooting kids in school
What ever happened to the Golden Rule
Let’s everyone stop and take a stand
Return peace and love to our land

So if
You imagine yourself there
And rise above
It’s always sunny there for you

Discography

me, guitar and a mic Vol. 1

Set List

I play ONLY Texas Music. The music of my brother Roky Erickson as well as Powell St. John, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, The Big Bopper, Cindy Walker and my own compositions. I can play up to a 2 hour set. My songs are Texas Sky, Pretty Girl, The Sun Is Always Shining, People Say, Dreams, nofairweatherfriends, Friends, The Palace Of The Self, Yin-n-Yang, I Cry For Me, I Don't Know, Altered State of Mind, True To Yourself, The Best Me...

Here is the set list for a 2 hour set:

People Say
Roller Coaster
Altered State of Mind
Two Headed Dog
Yin-n-Yang
She Lives
Only The Lonely
The Best Me
Fire Engine
Pretty Girl
Dream Baby
Wait For You
Texas Sky
The Sun Is Always Shining
You’re Gonna Miss Me
Chantilly Lace
I Cry for Me
I Had To Tell You
Oh Boy
Starry Eyes
nofairweatherfriends
Dreams
Warning
True Love Cast Out All Evil
Please Judge
Reverberation
True To Yourself
Right Track Now
Levitation
I Don’t Know
The Kingdom of Heaven
Monkey Island
Crying
R