LEXINGTON, KY SINGER-SONGWRITER ERIC BOLANDER RELEASES NEW SINGLE “WINDOW” 22/08/2020 News 13 LEXINGTON, KY SINGER-SONGWRITER ERIC BOLANDER RELEASES NEW SINGLE “WINDOW” NAMED BEST NEW MUSIC BY AMERICAN SONGWRITER “Bolander has always had a knack for combing rootsier styles and sensibilities, zipping from John Moreland to Earl Thomas Conley to Appalachian traditions.” – American Songwriter “Window” feature at American Songwriter “Magic Moon” on all streaming platforms “Window” on all streaming platforms Catch Eric Bolander’s livestream: Railbird Sets at The Burl Friday August 21st 7 p.m. ET on VISIT LEX Facebook Page Eric Bolander’s “Window” is out now. “Bolander has always had a knack for combing rootsier styles and sensibilities, zipping from John Moreland to Earl Thomas Conley to Appalachian traditions.” – American Songwriter “Showing tenacity in tough times.” – Wide Open Country “You’re bound to find this song and the album to your liking if, like me, you’ve been doing some heavy listening of Jamie Lin Wilson, Colter Wall, and John Moreland in recent years.” – Farce the Music “Tackles adversity…showcasing pure resilience.” – Americana Music Association “A true Kentucky treasure.” – Capture Kentucky “A traditionally-rooted and sensitive storybook.” – AmericanaUK “Distinct Americana and rootsy flavor.” – Kentucky.com “These are emotionally engaging tracks…a good deal of soul in its delivery.” – Michael Doherty’s Music Log “8/10…unforgettable story-telling skills.” – AmericanaUK “Beautiful…performs his joy from the heart.” – Americana Highways August 21, 2020 — Lexington, Ky. Americana singer-songwriter Eric Bolander has released a new single “Window”, which was featured at American Songwriter and named “Best New Music” and praised the song as “a swampy, slithering, and string-bound song that seeks to find hope amidst misery.” Human beings are surprisingly resilient creatures. Through honoring his grandmother, singer-songwriter Eric Bolander weathers his own emotional firestorm with his 2019 record The Wind, and now with two new singles, “Magic Moon” and “Window”. These are brooding, often languid, folk set-piece weaving in and out of tales of drug addiction, religion, renewal and the birth of his two-year-old daughter. He casts off his hard-rock outer shell for a more traditionally-rooted and sensitive storybook, steeped in heartfelt emotions and embodying the endurance of the human spirit. “Magic Moon” and “Window” both display a decidedly more electric guitar-driven approach from Bolander’s previous efforts, but weaved into that are brooding strings, keyboards, and Bolander’s familiar acoustic guitar and expertly-layered folk vocal harmonies. Both singles share a common thread of being tales of out-of-body experiences, as the characters within embark on existential searches for truth and escape from all things negative. Much of his work has been scattered in the rock music scene through the years. He’s mounted numerous creative endeavors, including rock bands Modern Day Relic and Alcatraz Shakedown, and made enduring friendships with the likes of producer Duane Lundy (Sturgill Simpson, Ringo Starr) and Americana troubadour Arlo McKinley among countless others. These new singles were once again produced by Lundy at his studio in Lexington, Kentucky, is as much a natural transition in Bolander’s catalog as an evocative love letter to a weathered existence in an ever-tumultuous world. “He’s just trying to live his whole life / in search of her,” he calls into the void on “Magic Moon”, depicting a narrator in search of a metaphorical “her” that isn’t necessarily a physical being. Sonically, Bolander gallops through the crossroads of John Moreland and Bruce Springsteen (circa Devils & Dust), from rollicking explorations of struggle and its broken remnants to bitter, cynical prayers. Bolander’s sensitivity to the human condition stems primarily from humble roots in the small eastern Kentucky town of Garrison, stretching at the edge of the Appalachian foothills and running along the Ohio River Valley. Growing up in a low income household instilled within him a sense of hard work and fighting for what he wanted in life. His mother was a homemaker (whose family had ties to several bluegrass legends) and his father a union carpenter and construction worker, both pivotal forces behind his early development. Bolander didn’t get around to actively pursuing a music career until his freshman year of college. Long-standing best friend Kevin had a guitar and would show him various chord structures. Soon, Bolander snagged a cheap Ibanez electric guitar, and later a cheap Dean acoustic guitar to learn on. Stricken with an ache for live performance, he began jamming around town in various collectives, but again, it took him some time before he made the decision to step up to the microphone himself. In his spare time, he began to scrawl down various lyrics or melodies for potential material for the band, but his sensibilities were leaning quite heavily into the blues-folk arena, a mold that didn’t quite satiate his metal or rock status. His first EP, Unapologetic, emerged from those songwriting sessions, and it was quickly evident he needed to branch off on his own, permanently. His first proper full-length album, Postcards to Myself, arrived in 2016, further blurring the lines between his brawny rock-country blend. As you can already surmise, Bolander’s influences run far and wide, from the thick grunge-rock of Alice in Chains and SoundGarden to the rootsy traditions of Don Williams, Earl Thomas Conley, Keith Whitley and George Jones. He contributes his biggest contemporary influence to John Moreland. Now an art teacher by day and guitar-slinger by night, Bolander gallops ferociously into the countryside with his sweeping Americana record. 2019’s The Wind was at its very core a collection of authentic outlaw country tunes, and these new songs continue to carry that torch further as Bolander works toward a third full-length. Skirting the line of braggadocious storyteller and heartfelt poet with remarkable ease, he stands firmly in the empty space somewhere between Bob Sumner and Jamie Lin Wilson, adhering to the same honeyed charm but with plenty more centripetal force. Without a doubt, Bolander is damn well ready to soar on his own. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.