When Moe’s Original BBQ first opened in Colorado, New Orleans singer-songwriter Eric Lindell quickly made friends with owner Mike Fernandez. Eventually, the franchise made its way to Daphne and brought along Lindell as a regular performer. No matter where Lindell’s career has taken him, he always manages to make it back to what he calls “a great spot.” On Friday, Oct. 2, Lindell will return to Moe’s Original BBQ in Daphne to perform songs from his catalog, including his latest album “The Sun and the Sea.”
Lindell has released several albums on Alligator Records, but put out this one on his own Sparco Records label. While this album could be considered his most soulful yet, he maintains his trademark sound, which heavily reflects his California roots. Lindell brought in Sean Carey for the creation of this album. Carey is a man of many talents, which includes producing, engineering and performing, and his talents are evident on “The Sun and the Sea.”
“He’s an old friend of mine,” Lindell said. “His dad is a friend of mine, and he’s a blues harmonica player. He’s played bass with me through the years. I’ve brought him out on harmonica, and he played on my Alligator records.”
Lindell’s traditional creative process involves recording live in studio. For years, he and Carey discussed recording a highly “embellished” album that used modern technology, such as Pro-Tools. The duo used this recording technique to add more sonic depth than Lindell’s previous recordings, especially with background vocals.
“We actually built the tracks in the studio,” Lindell said. “Even with the pre-production over the phone, I would beat-box a beat with me playing a guitar. Then, I would email it to him, and he would send it back with a beat that he programmed up.”
Lindell has never been the typical NoLa artist. While no one could deny the NoLa influences on his songs, this artist has always maintained a West Coast country attitude throughout his music. “The Sun and the Sea” reflects this trademark sound with seven tracks full of Louisiana soul laid on a soft bed of California roots country. Lindell plans to lean more toward his California roots with his newly created back-up band, appropriately named Ol’ California. When he takes the stage at Moe’s Original BBQ in Daphne, his fans will be introduced not only to his latest tracks from “The Sun and the Sea” but also Ol’ California.
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