Eric Bling hails from Bordeax, France. I first heard his music on the Not The Same Old Blues Crap sampler and I loved what I heard. His music has that depth, mystery, and sexyness that I'm always on the hunt for. Eric Bling's vision of the blues combines the past and future and brings it into the present where it lives and breathes on as blues just as vital as it's original form and not simply as a new style of dance music. It's deeper than that. MP3s are posted at the bottom along with a video. The MP3s I chose are as close as I could get to giving you an overview of his work but still do not really do him justice. If you dig him, and I know you will, please help spread the word. Thanks!
It's true that the sound universes of J.W and L. Axe are pretty transcending and enthralling. Music which tends to grab you, to take you on an imaginary journey, like a road movie... I feel like I belong to that category but perhaps with a more 'knocked up' roots sound. Titles like " Ride on" by L.A, with electro, machines, voice samples taken from old sound tracks of the Mississippi, a mix of modern and old blues sounds, that's what I love. I met Little Axe (Skip McDonald) in London a few years ago. We played at the same gig. I had started my set with a Skip James song. He began his set with the same song. After the show we got together and had a great discussion about the two different interpretations we made of the song; it was really interesting! At the time, he invited me to come check out his studio. I was at the very beginning of my solo project, and especially very shy and impressed! I never dared, like an idiot! Ugh! L Cohen is not really an influence. People sometimes find that my voice has the same kind of tone. Having said that, I like his poetry a lot.
You have some new songs on MySpace. "These Are Hard Times" is one that just really moved me. What can you tell me about it? Who'd you sample for it and did you have an idea of what you were doing...what you wanted to express... when you put the song together?
Concerning "These are hard times", it's a homage to Skip James 'Hard time killing floor blues' is a song that I venerate. I used it a lot on the first album and this time I wanted to give it a much more personal touch. Moreover 'Hard Times' is a theme that is very much a sign of the times! The collage of my melody and the tears of Skip James is not an coincidence ; I feel I've come quite close to the sensitivity that he possibly wanted to express. And it's in this style of musical sensitivity that I feel the best. Light, breezy and a heart down tempo.
One last question Eric, if I came to your house today what five albums would we be listening to?
Tough! I listen to a lot of different music, but today:"Worried" Asie Payton, "The dock of the bay" Otis Redding, "American V" Johnny Cash, "Joshua" Peg leg Sam, and John Hammond playing some Tom Waits songs.If folks want to get your recordings where can they do that?
You may steal these tracks from Eric Bling.
Eric Bling -(previously unreleased)- These Are Hard Times MP3
Eric Bling- from Get Out Of Here (2002)
JLH Part Two MP3
Plastic Head MP3
Eric Bling- from What's Nu? (2007)
Seeing Clear MP3
Video of Eric Bling playing Wood Guitar from What's NU?