Stumbling Towards The Light

by Eric Bannan

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Eric Bannan is a musical storyteller. His songs travel the bleak desert highways and lush mountain hollows of the heart. His sound is rooted in folk, driven by foot-tapping funk and seasoned with the blues. More than an entertainer, his mission is to build community with story and song. With over 30 years of performing experience, his shows are an energetic celebration of life, love and loss.

In May of 2012, on the day his Wild Places CD was released, Eric's mother died suddenly. Eventually, he sat down to try and write his way out of the grief. During those countless early morning writing sessions he realized that his own story was more powerful than any he could make up. From this new wellspring of intent flowed the songs that make up the heart of Stumbling Towards The Light.

Eric spent the winter of 2014-2015 getting up at 4:30 AM to record the basic tracks on his laptop before getting his son ready for school and heading off to his day job. When spring arrived, he took the tracks to Chris Rosser's Asheville, NC recording studio. There he spent 10 days with some very talented friends building up 11 songs that explore the darkness and doubt in our lives without losing sight of the hope and joy that sustain us. With guest appearances by Jonathan Byrd, Wyatt Easterling and Laurelyn Dossett, Stumbling Towards The Light gives voice to the triumphs and tragedies of everyday life

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released June 2, 2015

Ashley Jo Farmer / Sings on Tracks 1,2,6 and 9
Billy Cardine / Electric and Acoustic Resonator Guitars
Cary Cooper / Sings on Track 10
Chris Rosser / Piano, Organ, Electric Piano, Harmonium, Bass Guitar
Dianna Parks / Sings on Track 4
Jonathan Byrd / Telecaster on Tracks 5,6 - Sings on Track 5
Josh Goforth / Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo - Guitar on Track 7
Laurelyn Dossett / Sings on Track 3
River Guerguerian / Drum Kit, Cajon, Suitcase Full Of Percussion
Wyatt Easterling / Sings on Track 11

Produced by Chris Rosser and Eric Bannan with pre-production by Wyatt Easterling
All songs written by Eric Bannan BMI except :
An American Dream and Stumbling Towards The Light by Eric Bannan BMI and Wyatt
Easterling Considerable Music ASCAP
Basic Guitar and Ukulele tracks recorded before dawn in my living room
Dianna Parks was recorded by Tim Hildebrandt at CamelBack Studio in Rochester MN
Laurelyn Dossett was recorded by Jim Ritchey at RTec Recording in Greensboro NC
Everything else recorded and mixed by Chris Rosser at Hollow Reed Studios Asheville, NC
Mastered by Michael Hynes at Nomatic Studio Asheville NC

CD Graphic Design by Chris Eselgroth
Photography by John Gessner
Many thanks to my family for their love, patience and support
To my tribe at the Swannanoa Gathering
To my local Sunday Song Circle crew
To my believers, teachers and mentors including:
Al Petteway, Jon Vezner, Kathy Mattea, Janis Ian, Don Henry, Jim Lauderdale, Ellis Delany
Dedicated to my parents

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Eric Bannan Pittsboro, North Carolina

Eric Bannan is a musical storyteller. His songs travel the bleak desert highways and lush mountain hollows of the heart. His sound is rooted in folk, driven by foot-tapping funk and seasoned with the blues. More than an entertainer, his mission is to build community with story and song. With over 30 years of performing experience, his shows are an energetic celebration of life, love and loss. ... more

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