Eric Colville is a singer-songwriter, and folk/pop/rock guitarist currently located in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Boston’s north shore.
With a style that defies current genre subdivisions, he deftly weaves influences from blues and roots, R&B, jazz, rockabilly, progressive, folk and rock into his work, painting with a wide palette of musical texture that goes beyond standard ‘rock band’ instrumentation to include winds and strings as well as the occasional organ, synthesizer or drum loop. He can just as easily be the coffeehouse crooner or the in-your-face guitar rocker, his lyrics at times defiant, at times introspective and occasionally campy, but all resonant stories over melodies that you might actually think you’ve heard before – and it’s possible that you have! His songs have been placed in television shows that include All My Children and Roadtrip Nation, and several tracks have been playlisted on terrestrial as well as internet radio in the United States and beyond.
He was born in Philadelphia but was raised in the Florida Keys, where television was non-existent, the books were second hand and the radio picked up stations out of Havana. Influenced by a wide range of artists that include the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Neil Young, his delivery could easily draw comparison to bluesmen John Mayer or Robben Ford, with a healthy dash of Tom Petty, Stephen Stills and Ry Cooder. The list of accolades Eric has received for his work is lengthy, and includes many awards for his songwriting as well as placements in festivals, regular rotation at radio and more.
Currently in production for a new full-length album that is set to drop in 2016, he spends his spare time working as a self-employed structural engineer, recording and playing music with his teenage son, a talented young piano/keyboard player who you’ll have the pleasure of discovering when the new album is released, as he plays on every track.
Colville has received numerous awards throughout his career including first place awards in the Great American Song Contest as well as the USA Songwriting Contest. He was a finalist invited to perform at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville Texas and at the 30A Music Festival in Santa Rosa, Florida where he performed alongside artists such as Shawn Mullins, The Indigo Girls, Jeffrey Steele, Loudon Wainwright III and John Oates (of Hall & Oates).
For free downloads of Eric' songs, click here.
New CD due out summer of 2016 - stay tuned!
WPRB 103.3 - August 18, 2013 "Philadelphia" airs on WPRB 103.3, Princeton, New Jersey.
New England Songwriting Contest - July 29, 2013 Eric selected as a finalist and performs "Philadelphia" at the Ossippee Valley Music Festival in Hiram Maine.
USA Songwriting Contest - December 6, 2012 "Where You Go" awarded Honorable mention.
Dallas Songwriting Contest - September 17, 2012 Colville wins 1st Place - Novelty Song Category - for “Bookstore Blues”.
Kerrville Folk Festival - May 27, 2012 Colville selected as a finalist to perform at the 2012 Kerrville Folk Festival and performs "The-Dash" and "Bookstore Blues" in Kerrville Texas.
"End of War" video - May 21, 2010 Here's the youtube link to the new video:
The 30A Songwriter Festival - November 18, 2009 Eric was selected to perform with some of the best songwriters in the music industry. Headlining artists include AMY RAY ("Joking," "Kid Fears," "Shame On You) and EMILY SALIERS ("Closer To Fine," "Galileo," "Least Complicated") of the Indigo Girls, JEFFREY STEELE ("When the Lights Go Down" - Faith Hill; "What Hurts the Most", "These Days" - Rascal Flatts; "The Cowboy in Me" - Tim Mc Graw); SHAWN MULLINS ("Lullaby", "Beautiful Wreck"); RODNEY CROWELL ("After All Of This Time", Produced "Seven Year Ache" for Rosanne Cash); GARY LOURIS of the Jayhawks ("Blue", "Save It For A Rainy Day", "Everybody Knows" - Dixie Chicks); SAM BUSH ("Circles Around Me", New Grass Revival founder); CHELY WRIGHT ("Shut Up and Drive, "Single White Female") and many, many more. The festival is in the Seaside, FL area, January 15 - 17, 2010.
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WEXP Radio - Top 10 - March 20, 2009 "X-Ray Glasses makes the Top 10 on Philadelphia's WEXP radio. Check out the link at: http://wexpradio.com/archives/623
International Acoustic Music Awards - February 15, 2009 "Remember to Forget" was a finalist for the 5th Annual IAMA.
FOX TV performance - December 13, 2008 You can see the band play "12-Step Program" live on FOX by clicking this link:
"X-Ray Glasses" now available on iTunes. - November 19, 2008 Our new CD, "X-Ray Glasses" is now available on iTunes at the following link:
M.E.A.N.Y Festival - June 24, 2008 We've been selected to perform at this year's MEANY Festival which takes place in New York City, October 8-18. This year's event will be an exciting one and will rock the best venues in NYC in the fall of 2008. M.E.A.N.Y. FEST showcased bands in 20 venues last year including Joe's Pub, Luna Lounge, The Knitting Factory, Arlene's Grocery, Lit, Mo Pitkens, Club Midway, and many more! Finalists also appear on Rockin Clubs' (Time Warner cable) which airs in almost half a million NY households. Many of the talented finalists and special guests who performed have since moved on to national tours and record deals.
PIXY-103 - April 12, 2008 "Doer's Lament" has been selected to air on the PIXY-103 Homegrown Show. Homegrown is hosted by Rock Babe Suzanne Tonaire and has been recognized for Excellence in Broadcasting by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association. The show airs on Sunday nights from 8pm-10pm and can also be heard at http://pixy103.com.
Johnny Delgado is Dead - February 17, 2008 "Afraid to Dance" is to be featured on Johnny Delgado Is Dead, Created by John Leekley, the Emmy award winning writer/executive producer of Spawn.
USA Songwriting Contest - December 8, 2007 "Doer's Lament" received a first place in the novelty song category and both "1000 Miles" and "12 Step Program" qualified as finalists.
Local MusiCafe' - October 1, 2007 "Doer's Lament" and "Remember to Forget" have been added to the Local MusiCafe - to check it out, go to http://www.mvyradio.com/local_musicafe/.
mvyradio is a 24-year heritage Adult Alternative station, known for its groundbreaking efforts on acts like Dave Matthews, Susan Tedeschi, David Gray and Joss Stone.
Love Song of the Month - July 12, 2007 "Remember to Forget" was awarded the broadjam.com love song of the month award for May 2007.
Billboard Songwriting Contest - April 28, 2007 "1000 Miles" and "Doer's Lament" both scored an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Billboard Songwriting Contest.
Texas Radio - March 29, 2007 The song "Afraid to Dance" has been put into the regular rotation on KZRC (FM 92.5). If you live in the Houston area you can request the song by calling (979) 323-7771.
Singer Songwriter Awards - January 25, 2007
"35 & Thinking" was selected as a runner-up for Round 2 of the 2006 Singer Songwriter Awards. The song was one of only 50 selected from several thousand entries. Also, "Doer's Lament" received an Honourable Mention in this contest. For a listing of the winners, go to http://www.wearelistening.org/winners2006r2.php
USA Songwriting Contest - December 7, 2006 We just got word that "Picture Us Together" has received an Honorable Mention in the 2006 USA Songwriting Contest. The entries were selected by a committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers from Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner, etc. In addition to receiving $300.00 in merchandise from the sponsors of the contest, "Picture Us Together" will receive radio airplay. If you want to listen to the song, please click on the "Music" link (left) on this site. To see a list of the winners of this year's contest, go to http://www.songwriting.net/winners.html.