|Eric Brewer performs at Relay for Life event |
|Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 9:08 am |
By JOE LOFARO
Special to The Press
MARTIN – It’s not often when you get to see a hometown boy pick his guitar and sing his songs in front of a hometown crowd. That’s what happened Friday at the West Weakley County Relay for Life in Greenfield when Eric Brewer from Sharon and Low Electric Revival entertained the crowd for about 40 minutes.
It was said more than once Friday, “Brewer is in the biz.” And it didn’t take long to figure out this Sharonite was in the biz. In fact, by the time he sang the chorus of “In the Light” you knew this guy was for real.
One person in the crowd said Low Electric Revival sounded like the Soggy Bottom Boys from “Oh Brother Where Art Thou”.
If you are not familiar with “Oh Brother Where are Thou” it came out in 2000 and was out on DVD in 2001. This modern day tale of Homer’s Odyssey was among the best movies of the year and despite the plethora of good soundtracks this one ranked high. The sounds of Ulysses Everrett McGill, Pete and Delmar O’ Donnell, in the movie, were pretty good.
Now add the mastery of T Bone Burnett and that’s why the Soggy Bottom Boys seemed so polished. Burnett wrote the song and many others. He has also been a producer and responsible for the music in such events as the Academy Awards and the new television series Nashville.
Brewer and his band don’t have T Bone Burnett in their corner but they have passion and are making the effort to be heard.
Others might call what Brewer and his boys Kyle Stout from Greenfield, Keegan Paluso from Bartlett and Cory Turner from Drummonds play as Southern Rock. Maybe the best description is bluegrass and blues.
Add the sultry voice of Martin’s Suzanne Peckham and you got the perfect band to kick off the West Weakley Relay. You could hear all the words and it wasn’t head-banging noise. Now, here is the kicker or the pièce de résistance; all of Brewer’s songs were original. Words such as “nights made for music; hear your voice calling me; one-eyed dog; I am not damaged goods; and I am just warming up lend themselves to solid prose. Someone taught Brewer how to paint vivid images with his words.
With a little more exposure Brewer and Low Electric Revival could become a household name. The secret is Brewer is from Sharon and Weakley County and he is in the ‘biz’ to stay.
And in case you are wondering, the West Weakley County Relay for Life was almost halfway to its goal of $30,000 when Low Electric Revival wrapped up its set. It was announced that the Relay had raised about $14,500 by 7:20 p.m.
(Published in The Press on 6.13.13)