Wednesday, May 02, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Dinner menu available • GA Standing • Limited seats available • First come, first seated • $10 min/person at tables • All ages
By all accounts, Eric Hutchinson burst onto the music scene several years later than he should have. His first album caught the ears of Madonna's Maverick Records, which signed him later that year. However, the label folded before he was able to issue a release on the imprint. Hutchinson struck out on his own, self-promoting and producing his next album Sounds Like This (2007). Again, his release garnered the attention of a media juggernaut – Perez Hilton. This time, however, the attention paid off. Sounds Like This ascended to No. 5 on the iTunes Store and No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers album chart. With all the hype, Hutchinson was quickly snatched up by Warner Bros. Records, which re-released the disc.
In support of his major label debut, Hutchinson booked performances on all the late night shows, including Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, and Craig Ferguson. The disc's biggest single was "Rock and Roll," which was certified Gold and hit No. 1 on Triple A radio. The single was also licensed to television shows and films, including Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008). "Oh!" and "OK, It's Alright with Me" also caught fire, helping push total single sales past the million mark for the album. As a result of this success, Hutchinson signed on to tour with Kelly Clarkson and other big-name pop acts, giving him a wide stage and a large audience.
Hutchinson's sunny folk rock anthems have had fans eagerly anticipating his latest album, Moving Up Living Down, released on April 17th. The disc finds all of Hutchinson's ever-widening musical influences in play, from the exuberant folk pop bounce of the debut single "Watching You Watch Him" to the reggae lilt of opener "Talk is Cheap" and the soul grounding of "The Basement." "The album's called Moving Up Living Down because it's about that chutes and ladders lifestyle," Hutchinson says. "There's no end game. It's about growing pains and I think I've grown a lot, experienced a lot since the first album, and this is the next step." Of course, the journey's hardly over. As the title of one song states, he's "Not There Yet."