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Interview:
Eric Hutchinson's new album reflects three cities
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Eric Hutchinson's second album is a tale of three cities.

The Maryland-raised singer-songwriter wrote his just-released "Moving Up Living Down" in New York, then recorded it in London and Los Angeles with producers Mike Elizondo and Martin Terefe. "I feel like all three of those cities really had an impact on what I was doing and who was inspiring me," notes Hutchinson, 31.

"I had a little writing studio in New York where I would write all day, then go out at night and eat some food, see some friends, soak up some energy and inspiration. I got to live in London for a month, always working on songs and going out and kind of exploring. The same in L.A. I have to believe the songs sort of fed off that energy. How could they not."

The result is a harder rocking effort than Hutchinson's 2008 major label debut, "Sounds Like This," which created a foothold for him with songs such as "Rock & Roll," "OK, It's Alright With Me" and "Oh!" The new single "Watching You Watch Him" has generated some buzz for "Moving Up Living Down," and Hutchinson says the track is a good representative for the tone of the entire album.

"We got to tour so much on the first album and had a blast," he says, "but there'd be points in the show where I'd think, 'Oh, i wish we could go to this place' or 'I wish we had a song that would make people feel this way' -- just cover some more bases, you know?

"So I made this album to be performed live and have people come along and sing and dance. Definitely getting that energy and soul to it was a priority, and I definitely feel like we were successful."

Eric Hutchinson and Anya Marina perform on Thursday, April 26, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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