Joy Armada

“The Joy Armada” is a musical collection of short stories chronicling and intersecting with the lives of a cast of characters who are experiencing different types of joy. The songs explore the joy of “moving the stone” and becoming unstuck, sensual joy, the joy of laying in bed all day slipping in and out of dreams, Friday night edge-of-town ice house joy, the joy in searching, the joy in finding, the joy of recognizing our common human condition, the fast but slippery joy of fame, the joy of finally letting go and asking for help, the joy of commitment, and the joy of knowing that somewhere there is…

“Joy Armada” is now available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play.

 

 

A special thanks to everyone who helped me make this record.

George Reiff: Bass
Chris Roubieu: Drums and Percussion
Nana Schwartzlose: Backing Vocals
Shim Taylor: Backing Vocals
Mary Podio and John Harvey at Top Hat Recording

Songs In The Key of Divorce

About Songs in the Key of Divorce
Songs in the Key of Divorce is Eric’s second full-length song cycle focusing on the joys of marriage–as it falls apart. Recommended beverage: Crown and Coke. Songs in the Key of Divorce was digitally released in May 2012.

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The Sunday Best

2010’s The Sunday Best found Eric Beverly and his band of the same name, as the title more than suggests, at his very best after years of making music. Time spent playing in groups and on his own in his home state plus Europe and South America has served this musical artist, painter and writer well on his 10-song recorded debut.

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Photo by Ted Griffis.

From the feisty opening rocker “All Her Little Secrets,” punctuated by R&B inflected horns, The Sunday Best brims with Beverly’s colorful melodic gifts, crafty and emotive wordplay, and a musical sensibility that melds and transcends genres. He channels the bracing first rush of new love on the slinky and shimmering “Girl, You’ve Got Me,” weaves a tapestry of confession and vocal harmonies on the haunting “All I Wanted,” and recalls the glory days of Elvis Costello and The Attractions on “Valerie.”

Beverly fiercely rocks the kiss off on “I Won’t Be Alone” and “The Hurting Kind” and soul struts and whistles his way through heartfelt delight on “Oh Yeah!” His voice deftly dances with the vocals of Austin singer and songwriter Seela on the haunting “Nothing Comes Easy” and the meditative lamentation “Drifting Through a Dream.” The final spritely taste of Celtic and Texas flavored folk-rock spiced with an electric crackle, “Do You Know What I Mean?” provides a lovely grace note to a collection of songs that strides and glides through a spectrum of moods and modes, all of them enhanced by crafty arrangement touches and Beverly’s emotive and impassioned singing.

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Photo by Ted Griffis.

All told, The Sunday Best is an ear-catching pop-rock gem by a talent who has found his myriad musical sweet spots plus a group that enhances his multifaceted artistic vision in live performances: Drummer and U.K. expatriate Sally Crewe, who also leads her own outfit Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves as a singer and writer; bassist Stacey “Stace” McCann, who brings her facility with R&B, Americana and blues to the band’s sound; and guitarist/keyboard player/multi-instrumentalist Geoff Kaiser. who has performed with a variety of Austin artists, including local veterans Lisa Tingle and Van Wilks. Rounding out Beverly’s team is his longtime friend, collaborator and Sunday Best pinch-hitter Chris Roubieu on guitar, keyboards and more.

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Photo by Ted Griffis.

Quick facts about The Sunday Best
The Sunday Best receives airplay on stations including WFPK, KPFT, and KDHX
— “Girl, You’ve Got Me” is included in the documentary “The River Is Life”
— “Valerie” is downloaded more than 1,600 times from Paste Magazine’s vault (a top 20 download) as part of the “Songs for Haiti” and “Save Paste Magazine” campaigns
— Bill Frater’s Freight Train Boogie Podcast #82 features “All Her Little Secrets”
— CDBaby’s Music Discovery Podcast (June 15, 2010 edition) features “I Won’t Be Alone.” They call Eric “a great rocking songwriter”

My new record “Joy Armada” is now available!

Happy holidays, y’all! During this season and throughout the year, I’m thankful for your support and interest in my music.

My new album “Joy Armada” is now available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play.

 

 

A special thanks to everyone who helped me make this record.

George Reiff: Bass
Chris Roubieu: Drums and Percussion
Nana Schwartzlose: Backing Vocals
Shim Taylor: Backing Vocals
Mary Podio and John Harvey at Top Hat Recording

Mystère: 52 Songs In 52 Weeks — Song #37

I started “Mystère” on January 17 and finished it on February 25, 2015. “Mystère” is my 37th song in a songwriting challenge I call “52 Songs In 52 Weeks,” where my goal is to write and record a song a week for a year. The song has lyrics in French and English.

Lyrics for Mystère
Paint the red sky
With deep, black sea
Put out the torch
So the night can breathe

Move together
In the sheltering dream
Paint the red sky
With deep, black sea

Chorus
Oh! Mystère
Tard dans la nuit
Oh! Mystère
Au dedans la nuit

Take the love
That makes you weak inside
That makes your legs shake
Mouth feel dry

Take the love
Too blind to see
And give it all
Of your mystery

Chorus
Oh! Mystère
Tard dans la nuit
Oh! Mystère
Au dedans la nuit

Solo

Chorus
Oh! Mystère
Tard dans la nuit
Oh! Mystère
Au dedans la nuit

Texas Musician, Painter, and Artist