Shiny New Chrome

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Let there be rejoicing and CD buying in the streets, and in stores, and upon amorphous internet music-selling entities, for today marks the release of Eric Peters’s new album Chrome.

Last year, Eric invoked a modern form of the old artist’s patronage system as an experimental way to manage the financial burden of going back into the studio.  He humbly asked those who believe in and love his music to make a small donation to offset to cost of the album’s production.  In return, his patrons received two copies of the album a few weeks early (one signed), and inclusion in the special thanks of the liner notes.

chromecoverI’m proud to be one of Eric’s patrons but far more important to me than the free CD’s or my name scrawled in the fine print is the satisfaction that I’ve helped something beautiful take shape where it otherwise might not have.  I fear our culture has largely lost sight of the importance of being a patron of art instead of just a consumer of it. There’s a lot to be said for supporting an artist not merely because you like what he has done, but because you have faith in that which he will one day do.

In Eric Peters that faith is well-placed. His new album is a beautiful, fluid collection of songs about finding faith and hope amid the brokenness and heartbreak of everyday life.   Chrome (produced by the ubiquitous Ben Shive) is full of Eric’s catchy melodies, his vulnerable falsetto, and the wealth of insight he’s gained from his own struggles with issues like pain, doubt, and fatherhood.

So Eric, as one of your many patrons, I want to say thank you. Job well done.

If you readers didn’t get the chance offer your patronage at the beginning of the journey, I hope you’ll offer it now.  Head into the Rabbit Room Store, or over to Eric’s website and secure yourself a copy of a fantastic album.

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


14 Comments

  1. Toni Whitney

    I echo all of the fine things that Pete has written.

    I first met Eric in 2001 at a concert up here in Maine called the Swiftwaters Festival. There were alot of great artists but with my very limited funds at the time I chose to purchase Eric’s CD “Land of the Living”. One thing that I liked about Eric then was his quirkiness (and great songs). Now all of these years down the road, I am blown away by the maturity, depth and insight of his songwriting. He has drawn deeply from his life experience and been able to communicate it. Not a easy task for any of us.

    The one big thing that impressed me about Eric when I wound up sitting next to him at the Lobsterfest for the concert sponsors, was that he was lamenting that his wife wasn’t with and he was missin’ her. Big score in my eyes (even if you could only croak out a song)

    “Chrome” = 24 carat!

    Let the dancing begin!

  2. Eric Peters

    @ericpeters

    Wow. I came here to post a quick blurb, “Psst, hey, my new album is out today.”, but it would not have been nearly as personal and touching as this. Many, many thanks, Pete, for this gift.

    After 409 days from start to finish, I can breathe a little easier knowing that the labour is now in the world breathing on its own. I can only hope Chrome finds fertile ground with you, dear listener. To the many patrons, of whom Pete speaks, this album probably would not have happened without your belief and faith in me. Eternally, money has no significance, but here on earth in the everyday crunch of responsibilities, faith, arts and commerce, “It comes in handy down here, bub.” (to quote Jimmy Stewart’s character in “It’s A Wonderful Life”). I will remember these things. Thanks, folks.

    I hope to have the exclusive Chrome podcast available soon. Stay tuned.

  3. Paul Holderman

    Well done, Eric! –
    I have been listening for the past 3 days, quickly absorbing the music and lyrics and it is so incredible!
    Kudos to Mr Shive as well, whose fingerprints are all over this album as well.

  4. Peter B

    Congratulations, Eric! I’m sorry to say I didn’t know about the original patronage opportunity, but I’m glad you made it even without my help 🙂

    Quite a treasure trove we have here.

  5. LauraP

    Jonathan — Why on earth wouldn’t you want to??? 😉

    Pete – Very well said – especially the part about being a patron vs a consumer, and the satisfaction of playing the tiniest role in helping something beautiful come into the world.

    Eric – “Neglect not the gift that lies within thee.” I will always be your patron, though I cannot claim the sainthood!

  6. Bret Welstead

    I got my two copies in the mail but just had the chance to first listen to it this morning. Great stuff! “Chrome” reflects so much of the personality, frailty, hopefulness, and transparency of its creator, and we’re blessed to finally enjoy the toil of his hands. For those reading this who don’t have a copy yet, you must buy one!

    Thanks, Eric, for continuing to dream this dream of yours and for letting us hear your voice. As you quoted Buechner in the CD tray, your story is at least in part our story, and to hear the story sung back to me is such encouragement.

  7. Peter B

    By the way, I’m surprised nobody has commented on the cover art. It’s brilliant. Of course, slow-witted creature that I am, I just “got” it this morning during my umpteenth look while downloading the free song (still waiting for my hard copy to arrive)…

  8. Andrew Peterson

    @andrew

    Let me add my meager two cents’ worth to this: the album is both Eric’s most personal (and that’s saying something) and his most accessible. His music has always been thick with singable melodies, not to mention smartly layered music. But with Ben Shive’s sensibilities applied, things have gotten even better. It’s an album that’s truly hard not to listen to on repeat. Also, EP has always bared his heart in a courageous way, like he’s pulled open the blinds to let us peek inside. This album feels more like he broke the windows and flung open the basement. Like I said: courageous.

    I’m so thankful that Eric Peters is out there writing his songs and making his music.

    Now go buy this album, so he can keep at it. Forthwith!

  9. Scott Swartz

    As one of EP’s patrons, I concur with the thoughts on the page. It’s a beautiful album, and I couldn’t be prouder of being part of it. If you don’t have it, go get it…it’s money well spent.

  10. Curt McLey

    @curtmcley

    There’s a lot to be said for supporting an artist not merely because you like what he has done, but because you have faith in that which he will one day do.”

    I love the way you framed that idea, Pete. Eric and Ben, Chrome is wonderful and beautiful. Thank you so very much.

  11. Peter B

    That reminds me of the quote under the huge “thank you” section that includes both Curt and Pete (tucked away underneath — like a private note from Eric — is the lyric sheet).

    I love the way the cover art continues the story when you have the whole package. So far, so great; thanks for the quick shipping, EP! It was the cherry on the icing on the cake.

  12. Jeff Eckert

    Have had Chrome playing in my car for much of the time since I purchased it. Love the raw authenticity of the album that seems to come from a life that is very acquainted with the subject matter about which he sings. Thank you Eric for writing such vulnerable stuff that likely provokes a range of feelings in us all.

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