There, the well-traveled rocker fell in with the city's fertile singer-songwriter scene and began honing his original works to a well-sharpened edge. He quickly landed a gig hosting the open mike night at the legendary Austin Outhouse and opened his Folk Reels studio to record his own music and such other artists as Slaid Cleaves, Guy Forsyth, Erik Hokkanen and Bob Livingston, to name a few. He also became an in-demand guitarist and ended up back in Europe playing with Austin cult legend Pat Mears. Blakely's debut album, "Uncle John's Farm", made an immediate splash with critics and music buffs in America and overseas. When his video for the title track landed on CMT, Blakely became known as one of Austin's rising artists. Determined to maintain his artistic integrity and independence, Blakely continued to forge his own way on another album of evocative and resonant songs, Growing Into My Father's Clothes, followed with a celebration of his rock and pop roots, Levity.
A collection of his best work titled The Payne Anthology - the double entendre title comes from his studio on Austin's Payne Avenue - won Blakely further fans and praise for the way he spins family dysfunction and his life's journeys into wisdom, insight and humor. Since then he has released "Levity", "Payne Anthology" (in 2002), and "Still Life At Full Speed" (in 2004). www.ericblakely.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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