Finally, Eric's long-promised album of French songs is out.
Called Cartes Postales, it is available now in the Red Beet store.
It is Eric's tribute to his late father, Paul Brace, born in Paris in 1923, and who came to the U.S. after WWII, carrying hardly anything but his harmonica.
Cartes Postales is a sublime collection of eleven French songs from the 1920s through the 2000s that were originally recorded by Django Reinhardt, Charles Trenet, Lucienne Boyer, Henri Salvador, Georges Ulmer, and more.
Eric called on one of the most extraordinary musical talents of our time, Rory Hoffman, to create Cartes Postales. Rory is a blind multi-instrumentalist whose facility with nearly any instrument you can name -- and with nearly any musical style you can name -- made him the obvious choice for the album. Layering track upon track of gypsy guitar, clarinet, accordion, piano, saxophone, banjo, harmonica, and more, Rory created an spectacular musical landscape, alongside bassist Mark Fain and drummer Lynn Williams.