Part retro, part sketchbook, part crystal clear desolation after all is
lost. Mr. Eric opens the album with a sledgehammer of southwestern
strings that remove any doubt as to how the story will end. But
guess what? Along the way, we finally get some fun moments from the
king of complaining. And they're surprisingly natural.
The Tex-Mex flair that first appeared (in awkwards fits) on 2003's The Way It's Going To Be
is finally mature, and overall the songs are shorter (though more
spacious) than on 2010's Eden's Light.
But when "Chihuahua" slowly opens the curtain for the final
act, make sure you're sitting. You're in for a ride where you might not
want to go. But if you listen to Mr. Eric, we assume this is why.
Last June, while a friend and I were writing and recording a song a day
just to torture ourselves, I noticed something was wrong with my voice.
So I made a new album in case my voice might be gone for a while.
I started tracking in late July and it was finished in November.
I'd always wanted to make an album named "Crybaby" because it seemed
SOON TO YOUR MAILBOX!!!
1. Spanish Verse
3. Iron Eave
4. Gretchen Borders
5. Calvillo's Buffet (The Ballad of Ricky and Vicky)
6. Let Side Two Roll, Baby!
7. Honey I
8. Tiny Bubbles
11. Songwriting is the Cheapest Thing
Eden's Light (2010)
- Dutchmen Worldwide
Mr. Eric considers this his first
real album. It's his first to be duplicated since
it's the album he planned to make
when he moved to the San Luis Valley (before the
unplanned making of a movie took up three years). A few songs from
previous albums were re-recorded and included. I doubted, but
it's cohesive. It's also amazing, with infinite detail
but nothing wasted. Eden's Light
is scary good. 'You Don't Know Me At All' is one of the best songs and
performances I've ever heard.
Thank you Sophie for your approval. Since when are you okay with
leaving off 'Actual
Next time. Trust me on this.
- Jake Schroeder
Light is a revelation...
Eric Shiveley is a rare talent."
Krause (KRFC Ft. Collins)
of the best albums
I've heard in
Bret Bertholf, Author
'The Long Gone Lonesome History of Country Music'
"The most amazing thing
I have heard in years."
Need To Know
4. Summer Triangle
5. Last Time I Called You Baby
6. You Want It Straight, Hud?
7. Desde Alla
8. Baby (Can't Sleep)
From Deming Violin:
10. Red On Red
11. The Way It's Going To Be
12. Give Up
13. You Don't Know Me At All
El Diablo (2005)
Eric's fourth full-length album, and his first where the production
and vocals have caught up to the songwriting. After being left off its
namesake album, 'The Way It's Going
finally works with a walking bassline and Denise Lanay's beautiful,
background vocal. This album is one of the best I've heard by an
unsigned artist. El Diablo is inspired from a place I'd be afraid to
visit alone. Somehow Eric did, dragging back with him this unsettling
but beautiful account, every detail intact. It's unfathomable to me
this album was never duplicated.
Recording the horn part
in the middle of 'Hud' was an all-nighter. 'Hud' had 32 parts and I
don't know how I ever finished this album. When it was done, it's like
a veil was lifted and everything else I'd recorded sounded
thin and amateurish. It was spooky because the weak sound of my
previous albums should have been plain as day.
2. Actual Size
3. Radio El Diablo Signs On For The Evening
4. You Want It Straight, Hud?
It The Truth Guitar
solo: Dan Paschke
6. I Could Be Wrong
8. Red On Red
9. The Way It's Going To Be
Like A Spider Bass: Miles Marlin
11. Give Up
The Way It's Going
To Be (2003)
SC: This is where
the western, trailer-dwelling theme in Eric's writing
takes center stage, lyrically if not sonically. 'Baby (Can't Sleep)'
was re-recorded for Eden's
ES: In the middle
of recording this album I went broke, so it was never
duplicated and I had to master it myself. Glad I had to learn that. All
these songs need to be re-recorded with punchier drums, more space and
a vocal that doesn't try so hard.
Albums of The
Eric Shiveley, The Way It's Going To
Otis Taylor, Truth Is Not Fiction
Dressy Bessy, Dressy Bessy
Rose Hill Drive, Rose Hill Drive
Motion For Alliance, 43rd
St. Sessions Vol 1"
Boulder Daily Camera
1. Baby (Can't Sleep)
2. Honey I
3. Come Inside
4. El Paso Ends
5. Desde Alla
Out The Stars
8. Direction Of The Drive-in
Desert Airport (2001)
SC: The typical
second album that stretches out, tries its range and
wants to be anything the first album wasn't.
ES: Sophie why
didn't you tell me you know what's going on? Some of
these songs really miss, mainly because of weak drums, a vocal that
needs to grow up, and lyrics that have dorky moments. But the songs
that hit -- like 'Elko' and 'End Of Story,' if re-recorded, I
think would be knockouts. When I was finishing this album I decided to
do four albums before trying to get somewhere. I didn't realize how
smart that would be, because I thought this album was the shit at the
Local Album of The Year"
- Go Go magazine
1. Dead Still
2. How To
Operate A Riding Mower
3. Today's The Day
4. First Thing Tomorrow
6. Going Over
7. If We Take 13-A
8. Where's Benji?
9. The '57s
10. Making Elko
11. End Of Story 12-string solo: Scott Shiveley
12. Waiting At The Desert Airport
13. Saturn Vee
Everything Is Good
SC: Written and
recorded on a 16-track, with no previous experience as
a recording engineer, songwriter or singer. Everything Is Good shows
someone who's doing this because he has to, and someone who is perhaps
wounded but finally trying to stand.
ES: Production and
vocals are embarrassing, but only two songs are
embarrassing, which is a miracle. Same as 'Desert Airport,' I think
several of the songs would be knockouts if re-recorded. But
I'm still very proud of this album. I was a kid who'd never written,
recorded and I did something no one thought I could.
never steps into a wrong note, never takes a wrong turn in his
The the mix is near perfect. Easily the best of any
Colorado album I've heard this year."
- Go-Go Magazine
1. How It Happened
2. Sweeter Than
3. Everyone But You
4. You'll Never Know
6. Can We Drive It Home?
8. You Were Right
9. The Boy Who Couldn't Sit Still
10. When It Begins
11. In The Middle Of The Day
To Pieces Bass: Andy
Smith, Mastered by David Glasser for Airshow Mastering
Please visit and
patronize our friends. All of these people do what they do for the
right reasons. That's not as common as you'd think___________
We first saw TQMB at
Cricket On The Hill in Denver. At the chorus of "Shades" we wondered if
anyone else in the room realized how good the writing and melody was.
They were drunk and sloppy but the songs were SO good. Now
they're drunk and tight.
Not even considering how
good and natural his songs are, how he can do anything with his voice,
or how effortlessly witty he is, the world needs more people like Andy
Ard. He's as kind, forgiving and friendly as human beings get.
The demos for Russ's
first album with Three Miles West were so good we couldn't believe he'd
just started writing. His songs can only be what happens
when you've hit a tipping point, and some higher power gives you
the tools to convey something bigger than you are. His songs are the real
Ron Rael and wife
Virginia San Fratello are the people who decided to dream big, go for
it and not look back (and not give up after fifteen minutes). Very
few people have walked in their shoes or professionally survived what
But their path is the only way great things happen. And the only
way things ever change.
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams
Halden Wofford has more
charisma in his little finger than the rest of us put together. And the
Hi*Beams are as skilled as they are likeable. They have all the
gears and know how to let it fly. They could play any
festival, follow Emmylou Harris, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Willie
Nelson or the Flaming Lips and have 20,000 new fans for life.
While raising a family,
keeping the entire Great Lakes region safe for water recreation, and
coaching a high school basketball team, Jerry somehow carves out time
to write and record albums, playing everything himself. But here's the
deal, 'That Girl' is one of the best, most perfect songs we've ever
heard. Jerry's songs stomp the crap out of almost everything you hear
on the radio.
Victoria's voice and
songs are too good. You don't expect life to be fair, but we can't
imagine what the radio sounds like to Victoria. Surely, eventually one
of her songs will be everywhere.
Sometimes the Editor or Talent
Buyer is actually skilled and doesn't have an agenda besides doing
something great. Wow. Don't take that for granted when you find it.
Spirit Film Festival
Sometimes the Festival
Directors actually know story and don't have an agenda besides doing
something great. If you think that's easy to follow through on, try it.
Have you ever been trapped on
your island home far in the interior of the Canadian wilderness by a
gun-wielding murder? Authors have all the luck.
Tree Literary Services
If you're gonna go for
it, you'll need a connection. But what will your money get if his
heart's not in it? And though you might not care at first, duh,
shouldn't he be a bona fide expert of character and story?
Maddie's paintings are
cool and pretty, no pretentious explanation or refined perspective
needed. Just how it should be. Her most recent pieces resemble aerial
views of the round, irrigated farm fields of the San Luis Valley.