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“Real deal, true blood, hard driving, but daring to be sweet in moments, Eric Strickland and The ‘B’ Sides are doing their part to save country music. Now it’s time to do your part by giving them your ear and attention.”
“These days it seems easier to find excellent country records on independent labels than on major ones. North Carolina’s Eric Strickland and his band the B Sides produce tightly played solid honky-tonk music with a slight outlaw edge, which is highly enjoyable throughout. There is no fiddle, but plenty of steel. But what lifts their album above others of the kind is the excellent songwriting (all of which comes courtesy of lead singer and guitarist Strickland). This excellent record is available digitally everywhere, with the CD available from CDBaby. Grade: A ”
“Eric Strickland’s “Honky Tonk Till I Die” is a Gem This is what Saving Country Music is all about. This is the reason I put my pants on every morning. Everything else is just fluff, filibustering, treading water until I come across that one artist, that one album that embodies everything true country fans are looking for but have yet to find. That is what you have with Eric Strickland and his band The B Sides, and their album Honky Tonk Till I Die. From North Carolina, Eric Strickland offers up what in this bear’s opinion might be the best true country, honky tonk album so far this year, expertly balanced with love ballads, drinking songs, songs of struggle, and trucker tunes. This thing is virtually flawless. Get your magnifying glass out and pour over it, I dare you. From the songwriting, to the instrumentation, to just the sheer enjoyment this album offers and the variety of emotions it touches on, Honky Tonk Till I Die does it all just right. Two guns up!”
“Eric Strickland and the B Sides, Honky Tonk Til I Die – In a year that saw a resurgence of traditionally based country music across the independent landscape, this record was a standout. Strickland and his bandmates hail from the provinces out in North Carolina, and are proof positive that the beating heart of country’s genius still takes root amongst the pines. Terrific record top to bottom, with a few genuinely topnotch tracks. A band I’ll be watching closely in coming years”