Eric Brace

2 Jan

Since 1997, Eric Brace has been the frontman and songwriter for the acclaimed roots-rock band Last Train Home. With eight CDs and one live concert DVD to its credit, LTH is one of the most prolific and admired bands in the “Americana” world.

At the core of the band’s sound are Eric’s evocative songs and his warm voice. “Brace’s tenor, when combined with his lyrics which evoke endless late nights on the prairies without ever specifically referring to them, is one of the treasures of the whole Americana genre,” says roots-rock great Sid Griffin (Long Ryders, Coal Porters) in a review in the peerless British music magazine MOJO.
The Washington Post proclaims that “Brace hasn’t let years of grueling road work compromise his songcraft,” while the British audiophile magazine Hi-Fi Plus lauds Eric’s “great grasp of melody and song structure.”

With his latest release, “You Don’t Have to Like Them Both,” Eric steps away from the comfortable surroundings of Last Train Home, and puts his own name on the cover of the CD. It’s a co-bill, a duo recording with Nashville songwriter Peter Cooper (whose debut “Mission Door” is a Red Beet release). Eric and Peter have been friends since Eric’s move to Nashville in 2004, a friendship that was solidified in Peter’s living room listening to Tom T. Hall, Willis Alan Ramsey, the Seldom Scene, Charley Pride while pouring screw top red wine. Pretty soon they were playing guitars and singing songs together—first in that same living room, then on tour: Europe, Alaska, and the Lower 48 too. Then came the recording sessions for “You Don’t Have to Like Them Both,” where some of the greatest musicians in Nashville lent their skills to songs of Eric’s and Peter’s, as well as covers by Jim Lauderdale, Todd Snider, Kris Kristofferson and others.

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