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Eric Hutchinson’s demeanor in person seems to directly mirror the style of his music, casual and full of the sharp wit reflected in his lyrics, the Emerson College notable alum and singer-songwriter, dropped by the WERS studio this afternoon to play an acoustic set for us back at his old stomping ground.
Since his graduation, Hutchinson has been busy. After pursuing a degree in film, he shipped off to Los Angeles and recorded his debut album, Sounds Like This. The album quickly sparked the interest of higher-ups in the entertainment industry, including media-blogger Perez Hilton who helped it catapult to the #1 spot in Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Refusing to rest, Hutchinson began working on his sophomore project that was released this year, the similarly catchy, yet notably a bit more evolved, Moving Up Living Down. Several of his tracks have also been picked up by hit television shows and films including Grey’s Anatomy and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Notwithstanding his achievements, Hutchinson said in his live interview that he really loves the intimacy of concerts on a smaller scale and having the ability to interact with fans. It is in this spirit that he has now embarked upon his “Almost Solo Tour” solely including him and his keyboardist.
The first song he played was his hit single, “Watching You Watch Him”. On the record, the track was recorded with a variety of percussion instruments, but even on his own, Hutchinson is able to mimic the beat by utilizing his signature practice of slapping the guitar with his palm. As he played, he rocked back and forth coolly, fully embracing the upbeat nature of the song. Next, he broke into an acoustic version of one of his most well-known songs, “Rock & Roll,” from his first album. The catchy tune is always delightful to listen to and this time was no different. In the studio, the crowd of onlookers bobbed their head to the familiar track, clearly excited that he chose to play it. The final song he performed was one of his slower ones, “Breakdown More,” from his most recent record. This already quiet track was made even more mellow when played acoustically, yet it still was able to capture the laid-back style so closely associated with Hutchinson’s music.
It’s in Hutchinson’s infusion of various styles including jazz, funk, and pop and cleverly written lyrics that makes him stand out from other musicians. Even playing solo, he is able to make a big sound and capture the whimsical and catchy style from his recorded tracks. At this point, Hutchinson’s next move is anyone’s guess, but based on his previous work, his future projects will all be exciting to see.
Be sure to grab a copy of Moving Up Living Down, out now and keep up Hutchinson’s tour dates through his website.