Eric Harrison is a Fanwood, New Jersey-based Americana singer-songwriter whose work has earned comparisons to Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, and Bob Dylan. Global Texan Chronicles called his 2020 album Gratitude “a brilliant album chock-full of personal and deep-rooted Americana.”
In 2021 Adventures in Americana celebrated Eric’s first post-COVID lockdown offering, the EP Good Intentions, for “a gentleness and compassion that expresses belief in a fundamental potential for goodness in humanity.“
Whatever the subject, Eric brings to bear the heart of a poet and the musical palette of a Beatlemaniac to produce tuneful roots music that defies cliche.
As Eric explains in the liner notes:
To write like John Prine is to write with a big heart. 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 single “Cougar Jenny” (release date February 11, 2022), a duet with Woodstock singer/songwriter Simi Stone, chronicles a torrid romance with a partner who was (once) twice the narrator’s age. The accompanying music video tells the sordid tale with actual footage of the star-crossed lovers as the affair unfolds:
Eric realizes he’s taking a risk in releasing "Cougar Jenny" as a single: “Will this tale of forbidden December-May romance offend modern sensibilities? That depends on how you feel about bologna and Romper Room. But I’m willing to flirt with cancellation for the sake of High Art.”