Monday, June 15, 2009

Trying my hand at writing artist bios

I spent a little bit of the weekend writing a bio for my new friend Erik, who records under Ewok/Ten High (well, will be in the near future). I'd never really heard his stuff but really dug it and thought I'd pass it along, as well as the little bio and let you guys judge for yourself.

"Stop living your life for someone else" is the rally cry of Ten High's anthematic "We're All Alone Now" and you can tell that it is a sentiment truly meant.

The current incarnation of Ten High is Erik Hendrickson, Nashville transplant from the suburbs of Minneapolis. He grew up with artists that never get old- The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Springsteen; all that listening meshed with the likes of Paul Westerberg and the Replacements and Ryan Adams and his work with Whiskeytown form the current sound. Listening to Ten High's songs, it's clear that the genre in question is alt country, a version of the genre with a definite rock sound and a touch of twang present. Bands such as Lucero and a less steel guitar laced "AM" era Wilco come to mind.

Even with all these comparisons and influences, Ten High's reasoning for making the music is a simple one, according to Erik,"everything's been done and trying to be original is a waste of time, but the music can still be fun and high energy and important to people, so that makes it worth playing".

You can check out the tunes at Erik's myspace and if you have any thoughts/questions/want to give me some practice writing, shoot me an email (jannephotography[at]gmail[dot]com).

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