At first glance this guy looked like someone who should be working on my '69 429 Fastback, not on stage about to perform. But then again, what do I know, looks are almost always deceiving. The truth of the matter was, this guy was there for many reasons. Reasons that would become apparent to me, as the show went on.
In a time when many artist are striving to find their identity, Erick Willis is slowing leaving his mark on the scene, with a personality that is true, and not just a stage persona. Erick is one of those artists with what many call, well, It. The reasons Erick was on stage that day was because of that, he has It. Erick is producing the kind of music that grabs you at first note, holds on to you, makes you remember a particular time in your own life, and it leaves you with a smile. His music is relatable to not only the Texas country fan, but extends to listeners of all genres. In a time when Auto-Tune rules many studio performances, it is refreshing to find an artist with a voice that needs no tweaking. A remarkably unique voice, gravely at times, and always appealing to the ear.
Through lyrically smart songs, emotionally charged chorus', and a stage presence that is infectious, Erick Willis is one of those artists I see continuing to gain ground in this crazy music business. With an EP in the works, sure to drop later this summer, I can't imagine any reason to not pick up a copy. I'll leave you guys with this great cover, and I hope you add some Erick Willis into your regular rotation this summer, and share this find with others.
On this crazy Fourth of July week, remember why we celebrate this day, and those who sacrificed everything so that we may be free. Many of you will travel, and many will enjoy the day and night with fireworks and beverages, but please do so responsibly. This is Texas Red Dirt Roads.
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