Country music has a long standing tradition of artists who write perform and record colorful and captivating story songs with “3 chords and the truth” on 6 strings and a piece of wood. Then there are those selective few who take a different path and create on 88 keys and a bigger piece of wood.
Nashville-based Eric Burgett is just that, the new piano man of country. Sure Billy Joel, Phil Vassar and Be’la Barto’k have greatly influenced the young artist, but his roots, training and education run deep and wide. Burgett grew up on the family farm in Latham, IL and had his debut performance on an old upright piano at his parent’s tavern, The Korn Krib.
Eric’s brother Elliott influenced the young would-be musician to listen to Billy Joel and Phil Vassar while in high school and his love for traditional country mixed with complex harmonies fostered a passion for composition and performing that fuels Burgett to this day. I wrote my first song at thirteen in eight grade and wrote ‘Nothing Better,’ from my upcoming E. P. One Helluva Ride my senior year. “I’m a huge fan of Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean,” begins Burgett. “The approach they take to showmanship is what I’m striving for. The way they deliver a song and pace a show is amazing.”
“I’ve always loved artists who write upbeat songs and those who get down to serious lyrics that cut straight to the heart. Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., The Everly Brothers and even The Four Freshmen do it for me. That mix of heartfelt story and simple and complex harmony structures really light me up,” states Burgett from a road date in California.
As he began performing, the piano-playing country singer landed coveted opening slots for the likes of Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, Frankie Ballard and even David Allen Coe.
Burgett earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and will complete his Master of Music degree from Belmont University in Nashville, this fall as he concurrently releases his debut five-song E. P., "One Helluva Ride." Eric also serves as a pianist for The School of Nashville Ballet, piano instructor through Belmont University, as well as the pianist/music director for Glencliff United Methodist Church.
Burgett’s eye is on the horizon and with a good stiff wind hopes are high that the ambitious and talented piano man will see his star rise high in the sky and alight the world of country music with a blazing fire.