Eric Harrison‘s new 5-track EP, Dear John, is a riveting release inspired by the country-folk songwriting of John Prine.
Harrison, a New Jersey-based singer/songwriter, unveils a lovely blend of Americana and folk throughout the EP, a consuming homage to the late Prine, who passed away on April 7th, 2020. “To write like John Prine is to write with a big heart,” Harrison says. “I don’t sing like JP and his influence on me may not be obvious, but because these five songs are bound by a conscious effort to write like (and about) him, I felt compelled to release them together.”
The opening “Till You Make Me Home” meshes a warming organ-laden backing with spirited vocals and twangy guitars. The lyrics singing of new romantic connections — “I found a girl,” — the hopeful vibes are fully achieved via the guitar/organ interplay and timeless vocals. Elsewhere, “Hoover Dam” consumes with its soulful backing vocal touches. The “girl I love is doing all she can,” vocal hook stands out, in particular. The track is a twangy delight, and enjoyably representative of the quality songwriting and feeling of nostalgic homage throughout Dear John.
“Hoover Dam” and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2022’ Spotify playlist.