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Album Review

Eric Heatherly has been languishing in Nashville limbo ever since the release of his debut album, 2000's Swimming in Champagne. Despite scoring a hit single with a cover of "Flowers on the Wall," the album slipped through the cracks after Mercury (Heatherly's label at the time) went though a corporate overhaul following a merger; Heatherly's second album for Mercury was shelved when the label didn't hear a hit, and a deal with Dreamworks came and went without his third album, Sometimes It's Just Your Time, ever reaching stores (though advance promo copies of the disc fetched a healthy sum from fans). Given all this, it's no great surprise that Heatherly decided to take matters into his own hands for his fourth album (and second to be released), The Lower East Side of Life. Producing himself, playing nearly all the instruments, and recording on his own dime, Heatherly takes a more stripped-down approach on The Lower East Side of Life, with the focus squarely on his limber but muscular vocal style and his rock-solid guitar work. His songs also take on a more personal edge, with Heatherly taking on the music business ("Hang It on Your Heart," "Who Needs Enemies [With Family Like You]"), looking at his life with both joy ("Love Story Love") and sorrow ("Whatever Happened..."), and discussing the stuff of regular lives with honesty, understanding, and compassion ("Job," "Ruin"). The final product is a warm, soulful set of tunes that certainly has an emotional and musical advantage over the music delivered by most of his Nashville compatriots, and more than repays the promise of his debut. Now hopefully it won't take another five years before someone lets him make the follow-up.

Customer Reviews


This is an excellent cd, going from rocking rockabilly to slow ballads. Eric's vocals are awesome. Cuts like Lower East Side of Life and Judging Beauty are songs you can't help dancing to. One of my favorite CD's of 2005 of all genres. Eric is an awesome singer, songwriter and musician. His guitar solos rock! Check it out!

still love em

I gotta help the boy out I loved his first cd and well i was 8 years old but I hope someone can cut his dude a break


Born: February 21, 1970 in Chattanooga, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Eric Heatherly grew up listening to country, rockabilly, and classic rock artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, and Roy Orbison, whose influences shaped his music while he was still a child. Heatherly began writing songs at eight and was performing by the time he reached his early teens, the Chattanooga native played with numerous bands through his high school and college years. After moving to Nashville, Heatherly made himself a fixture of the local...
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