UPDATE: Erick is back at JJ Sunday September 8! Tickets. Erick is a Tennessee based singer/songwriter who has toured with James Blunt, Gavin Degraw, Edwin McCain, the Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter, Brandi Carlisle, Heart and more. Jammin Java July 26 for a headlining show with Andrea Pais opening. All advance tickets will be entered into a lottery to win a signed CD and handwritten lyrics to a song from Erick Baker! Mei Verba (aka @JamnJavaDoorGal) caught up with Erick for this nice Q & A.
Where was your first show? My first show was playing on a patio of an O’Charley’s restaurant in Knoxville, TN. It was a 4 hour gig and I only knew about 2 hours worth of songs. So I played a 2 hour set, took a long break, and then played the same set again. The best part of the night though was that I played the entire show high on hydrocodone! Not for recreation purposes though, but because earlier in that week, I had severely pulled a muscle in my neck. For days before the show, I had been hardly able to move or talk, much less sing. So, to get through the show, a friend gave me the pills. Amazingly and thankfully, they asked me to come back and play again the next week. Otherwise, my career could have started and ended in the same night at an O’Charley’s.
What artist/ band would you say you are most influenced by? Ryan Adams and Ray LaMontagne...I know that’s two and you asked for one. So, I’ll say the mythical love child of Ryan Adams and Ray LaMontagne.
Favorite Foods: I will pretty much eat anything as long as it has nothing to do with liver. Growing up in a small rural town in Tennessee, we ate chicken gizzards and livers so much that I got my fill of liver at a very early age. I can still handle a gizzard, but I pass on the livers...Just please don’t ask me what the hell a gizzard is because I don’t really want to know.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences? My most memorable touring experience was at the last show of a 3 week tour I did opening up solo acoustic for Heart. First, the show was at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, which to play that stage was an out of body experience to start with. Then, after the show, my wife and I, are saying goodbye and thanking Anne and Nancy (just after meeting Allison Kraus), and as she is holding our daughter Annabelle, Nancy Wilson says, “Erick, I am really going to miss hearing your soulful voice from the stage every night.” Talk about living a dream! I still have to sometimes convince myself that it really happened.
What two words would best describe your music? Sincere, Passionate, Unguarded, Confessional, Genre-blurring, Emotional, Unabashed, to name a few....Sorry I couldn’t do it just two :)