A good musician is also a great storyteller. Great song lyrics is a language that everybody speaks, but only a few can truly master. If you listen to Eric Britt’s Atonement the first line is, “Where did I end up today, I feel lost in every single way.” These are lyrics that reach out and grab you, especially with so many people looking to identify during hardships. These have been trying times for many and local musicians in the Hostess City are no exception. The album Full Circle is available for pre-sale now, you don’t want to miss this. Spend some time listening to the first two singles from Eric’s seventh studio album, you’ll finally have a reason to be happy you’re home bound.
In the spring of 2019, Eric got a wild idea to create a new record that would be equal parts chill acoustic music and intense rock ‘n roll. The rock ‘n roll half of the album required calling on the original musicians from Hazel Virtue. Eric Britt formed Hazel Virtue with a handful of friends he met at UGA. Their combined talents and passion gave way to an incredible formation, especially shining in live concerts and in their first full-length release, Hip. The guys were thrilled to play and record together again. After coming from all over the country, they went to Elevated Basement in Savannah and knocked out some awesome rock songs. That album Full Circle has now been released.
What does a typical morning look like for you?
I’m always up before my girls and usually beat the sun too, my usual routine is biking 15 miles and getting my thoughts together, and listening to some great music if I can get away with it! I’m back in time to be dad and get ready for a big day.
What do you love about Savannah?
I love how easy going this town is. There is so much to appreciate. Nobody is really in a hurry, my neighborhood is awesome and I can get to the Atlantic Ocean in 15 minutes from my doorstep. What’s not to love? I’ve been here 20 years, so I sometimes have to slow down and smell the roses.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you while performing in Savannah?
I was getting ready to close out a solo show with “Midnight Rider” a few years back in Richmond Hill. As I struck the first note, Greg Allman walked right in and made eye contact with me. I totally chickened out and played something else in the same key! That would be like playing “Let it Be” for Paul McCartney.
The thing that makes you feel most accomplished?
What makes me feel accomplished is being able to do what I love for a living and take care of my family doing it. I’ve always been able to be myself in Savannah.
What do you enjoy most about being a musician? What do you hate most?
My favorite part is creating. I get the drive to put out albums every few years and tour a little bit. I love every part of it…from writing, sending demos to the band and producers, going into the studio, getting every little part of it just the way it should be, hyping it’s release, and eventually releasing it. After that, there are a lot of shows to go play and it’s all my own music. Can’t wait for that part again. I only sometimes hate the years in between when I’m just working show to show to sustain a certain income level. If I can’t create and learn all the time, I get burned out.
Does the title of your album Full Circle have significance?
Full Circle is about returning to my roots with my original band from Athens, Ga. When we started our music was this cool wall of sound, complete with loud guitars, festivals, and years on the road. Almost all the original members of Hazel Virtue came in from all over to get back in the studio in Savannah! We then sent the tunes out to L.A. for our original producer to mix. Good times. Although a lot of the songs are gonna be ethereal and acoustic, about half of the tunes on the album are full on rock music with a 90’s makeover.
If you had one night to spend in Savannah…what would Eric Britt do?
Well if I was visiting I’d go out to the South end of Tybee for the afternoon and watch the sun disappear. After that I’d probably go out to eat at The Atlantic, taxi downtown and walk around the beautiful squares. The trees in Savannah make it epic!