Up Close and Personal with Eric Lee Beddingfield

Country music artist Eric Lee Beddingfield is one of the industries fastest rising artist’s and 2012 was just the beginning. The new year looks to be even better and that is very apparent with Eric’s album “This Life Ain’t for Everybody producing not one but four chart making songs. Three of those songs hitting in the top twenty of the Music Row Charts and giving Eric the opportunity to walk the CMA red carpet this year.

A Georgia boy born and bread Eric is no stranger to hard work and dedication whether it be to his career or to his family. He believes in solid family values and keeping the bonds strong through all generations. After a family trip to Augusta, Georgia recently and attending the SEC game between Georgia and Alabama, Eric made an appearance as the Grand Marshal at the 48th Annual Columbia County Christmas Parade!

Sidelined from a career in football during his days at Georgia Southern University Eric already had music in his blood and he took up the guitar and placed the football on the shelf. His heart still belongs to his alma mater and he visits as often as he can.

Eric grew up on the music of the rebels and outlaws of country music such as Waylon, George Jones, and Johnny Cash. His Dad was a musician and Eric learned the guitar didn’t fall far from the stage when it came to the families love of music.

I asked Eric about plans for a new album and he tells me that a new album is in the works and he hopes to have a possible release date of sometime in early spring of 2013.

I wondered what the difference is between Eric the performer and Eric the entertainer. He said complete opposites. When he’s on tour and on stage he’s more rebellious and rowdy. He said he feels like a proud peacock strutting his feathers. He loves to entertain the fans and be able to just be himself on stage. Play his kind of music and play it his way. But when he’s home he’s more grounded and try’s to keep family life for his two boys as normal as possible.  When he’s home he’s more reserved and enjoys family closeness and outings like hunting and fishing. One of Eric’s favorite past times is to watch the history channel for hours and chill with the kids.

As we talked about music and personal interests I asked what artists I might be surprised to find in his own music collection and he said people might be surprised to know that he enjoys listening to legends such as Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, and James Brown.

We talked about which songs might be more special to him than others he said that no matter how many songs he records “The Gospel According to Jones” will always be his favorite. His relationship with George and his wife Nancy has grown into a close and special  friendship and this song will be a life long favorite.

The life of an entertainer can be very demanding and the long hours of recording and the days, weeks, and sometimes months away from home can be unforgiving. I asked Eric if he had any regrets about going into this career.

Eric: “Absolutely not. There are down sides to any career. This isn’t just a job or a career it’s a lifestyle and to be honest if I wasn’t doing this I would be miserable.”

As our conversation began to wide down I asked Eric on a lighter note what would he do if he walked into an elevator and there stood Hank Williams Sr.? What would he do to start a conversation? He said he would have to ask him to have a drink. Having a drink with the great Hank Williams Sr. would be like having a smoke with Willie, you just wouldn’t be able to pass that up. They are infamous and what a memory that would make.

Find all the latest updates on Eric and his upcoming tour, album, and more at www.elbrocks.com

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Sherryl is a Senior Writer and Assistant Editor with Nashville Music Guide and her blog, Lyrics N Legends has been featured since 2012. Her articles has graced the cover and have appeared as feature stories in the NMG print edition. She is also a member of WMMW, Women of Music Music of Women, a non-profit organization in support of women in the music industry. WMMW also appears here in Nashville Music Guide.

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