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Eric Anderson’s “Sheila” is one of my favorite songs. You’ll hear me say, “That’s one of my favorite songs” quite often, but when I close my eyes and listen to this one in particular, I am suddenly somewhere high out there just above Nasa and just below God. This song moves me.

Eric Anderson is an unfortunate victim of the music industry. No one knew exactly how to pigeon hole him. He was initially considered a “folk” singer partially because of the fact that he sang songs with only his acoustic guitar as accompaniment. He later went on to be a singer/songwriter, a country rocker, and a jazz musician.  He was good friends with my main man, Townes Van Zandt, and after listening to “Sheila” you can see why.

Eric is obviously a lover of music: all kinds of music. His career has taken him across the U.S., throughout Europe, and into a wide range of musical careers including Turkish movie scores and music for plays. There’s an excellent article about his role as an American musician that can be found here.

This song as well as the album “Blue River” from which it came, was recorded by the nearly as prolific musician/producer Norbert Putnam. His career is pretty fascinating as well. He was a musician for the Muscle Shoals Studio, and he played with and recorded a ton of great talent.

I can’t say enough about how amazing this song is. Enjoy it with some whiskey, but not too much, because as Eric mentions in the one youtube clip where he can be found playing this song, “This is a song about doing stuff too much…”

Posted by: Jamie

Category: Music

29 Jan, 2010

Category: Music

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