Eric Lindell’s a soul man
BOND – Touring the country by means of planes, trains and automobiles 200 days out of the year to play music makes for more than a handful of stories you can only tell at the bar. For New Orleans R&B soul man Eric Lindell, life on the road has him thinking about making a film based solely on crazy times had by him and his friends.”Last year we drove out to Colorado in a station wagon with no heater and we got into some trouble,” Lindell said. “It was a pretty crazy trip.”In fact, the first song on “Tragic Magic,” Lindell’s latest masterpiece, called “Low Down Deal” was written about that trip, although he wouldn’t embellish on what kind of trouble the boys got into exactly.
Tonight Lindell brings his rockin’ trio, with bass player Aaron Wilkinson and drummer Chris Lacenac, to State Bridge to lay down some danceable rhythm and blues rock. Tuesday night you can catch them at Ford Amphitheater in Vail Village at Hot Summer Nights free concert series at 6:30 p.m. After hours, Lindell and his crew will be jamming with Little Hercules at Samana lounge in Vail Village.”It’s something everybody can enjoy. There’s typically a lot of dancing,” Wilkinson said. “When I first started playing with Eric, I couldn’t believe how many girls came to his shows. I was like, ‘Man this rules.’ He’s a pretty charismatic guy. It sure beats the hell out of playing to a bunch of dudes in baseball caps.”You just better hope the ladies show up.
“The last time we were out in Colorado, we were late to every show because Eric had to stop at every skate park,” Wilkinson said. “They got great skate parks out there. He’s pretty good. I was pretty impressed.””We did hit a few skate parks,” Lindell said. “Hell yeah, it was awesome. But I didn’t realize how old I was until I got up into the mountains into that thin air.”It’s hard to imagine time spent cruising around with Lindell to play gigs could be boring.
“We get along great. We have a real family type of vibe,” Wilkinson said. “But it ain’t pretty. It’s messy and probably a little smelly, because we’re a bunch of dudes.”Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 619, or email@example.com