Eric Colville is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from Gloucester, MA, on Boston's North Shore. Influenced by folk/rock of the '60s, and often with a stylistic nod to '90s alt rock, his songs are nevertheless eclectic in style. Colville writes of life, love and heartbreak, with lyrics at times defiant, at times introspective, and often whimsical. Colville will give you a glimpse of his childhood in the tender, finger-style ballad, Philadelphia, and gets your fists pumping with his rock anthem, Picture Us Together. The barnstorming 12-Step Program is wry and raucous breakup song, while Five Days Over is Colville's country swinger, paying homage to The Byrds. Whatever mood he is in, Eric Colville takes you on an adventure through the stories of his life.
Over 15 years after the release of his 2001 debut, Afraid To Dance, and the 2004 follow-up, X-Ray Glasses, Colville is set to record a new full-length album in spring 2019, which will also feature his son Julian Colville on piano and backing vocals. Colville has received numerous awards throughout his career including first place awards in the Great American Song Contest as well as the USA Songwriting Contest. He was a finalist invited to perform at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville Texas and at the 30A Music Festival in Santa Rosa, Florida where he performed alongside artists such as Shawn Mullins, The Indigo Girls, Jeffrey Steele, Loudon Wainwright III and John Oates (Hall & Oates). His songs have also been placed in television shows that include All My Children and Roadtrip Nation.
News and Awards
March 29, 2019 - "Afraid to Dance" wins Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting in the 2018 Great American Songwriting Contest. I'm excited because this is our new version that is on our upcoming CD.
October 10, 2018 - "Josephine" featured on FM 104.9 Famous after Four radio segment with Catherine Browne.
"End of War" wins the Social Cause Category in the 2017 International Songwriting Contest.
WPRB 103.3 - August 18, 2013 "Philadelphia" airs on WPRB 103.3, Princeton, New Jersey.
New England Songwriting Contest - July 29, 2013 Eric selected as a finalist and performs "Philadelphia" at the Ossippee Valley Music Festival in Hiram Maine.
USA Songwriting Contest - December 6, 2012 "Where You Go" awarded Honorable mention.
Dallas Songwriting Contest - September 17, 2012 Colville wins 1st Place - Novelty Song Category - for “Bookstore Blues”.
Kerrville Folk Festival - May 27, 2012 Colville selected as a finalist to perform at the 2012 Kerrville Folk Festival and performs "The-Dash" and "Bookstore Blues" in Kerrville Texas.
"End of War" video - May 21, 2010 Here's the youtube link to the new video:
The 30A Songwriter Festival - November 18, 2009 Eric was selected to perform with some of the best songwriters in the music industry. Headlining artists include AMY RAY ("Joking," "Kid Fears," "Shame On You) and EMILY SALIERS ("Closer To Fine," "Galileo," "Least Complicated") of the Indigo Girls, JEFFREY STEELE ("When the Lights Go Down" - Faith Hill; "What Hurts the Most", "These Days" - Rascal Flatts; "The Cowboy in Me" - Tim Mc Graw); SHAWN MULLINS ("Lullaby", "Beautiful Wreck"); RODNEY CROWELL ("After All Of This Time", Produced "Seven Year Ache" for Rosanne Cash); GARY LOURIS of the Jayhawks ("Blue", "Save It For A Rainy Day", "Everybody Knows" - Dixie Chicks); SAM BUSH ("Circles Around Me", New Grass Revival founder); CHELY WRIGHT ("Shut Up and Drive, "Single White Female") and many, many more. The festival is in the Seaside, FL area, January 15 - 17, 2010.
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USA Songwriting Contest - December , 2009 "End of War" awarded 2nd Overall Songwriting Award.
WEXP Radio - Top 10 - March 20, 2009 "X-Ray Glasses makes the Top 10 on Philadelphia's WEXP radio. Check out the link at: http://wexpradio.com/archives/623
International Acoustic Music Awards - February 15, 2009 "Remember to Forget" was a finalist for the 5th Annual IAMA.
FOX TV performance - December 13, 2008 You can see the band play "12-Step Program" live on FOX by clicking this link:
"X-Ray Glasses" now available on iTunes. - November 19, 2008 Our new CD, "X-Ray Glasses" is now available on iTunes at the following link:
M.E.A.N.Y Festival - June 24, 2008 We've been selected to perform at this year's MEANY Festival which takes place in New York City, October 8-18. This year's event will be an exciting one and will rock the best venues in NYC in the fall of 2008. M.E.A.N.Y. FEST showcased bands in 20 venues last year including Joe's Pub, Luna Lounge, The Knitting Factory, Arlene's Grocery, Lit, Mo Pitkens, Club Midway, and many more! Finalists also appear on Rockin Clubs' (Time Warner cable) which airs in almost half a million NY households. Many of the talented finalists and special guests who performed have since moved on to national tours and record deals.
PIXY-103 - April 12, 2008 "Doer's Lament" has been selected to air on the PIXY-103 Homegrown Show. Homegrown is hosted by Rock Babe Suzanne Tonaire and has been recognized for Excellence in Broadcasting by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association. The show airs on Sunday nights from 8pm-10pm and can also be heard at http://pixy103.com.
Johnny Delgado is Dead - February 17, 2008 "Afraid to Dance" is to be featured on Johnny Delgado Is Dead, Created by John Leekley, the Emmy award winning writer/executive producer of Spawn.
USA Songwriting Contest - December 8, 2007 "Doer's Lament" received a first place in the novelty song category and both "1000 Miles" and "12 Step Program" qualified as finalists.
Local MusiCafe' - October 1, 2007 "Doer's Lament" and "Remember to Forget" have been added to the Local MusiCafe - to check it out, go to http://www.mvyradio.com/local_musicafe/.
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Billboard Songwriting Contest - April 28, 2007 "1000 Miles" and "Doer's Lament" both scored an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Billboard Songwriting Contest.
Texas Radio - March 29, 2007 The song "Afraid to Dance" has been put into the regular rotation on KZRC (FM 92.5). If you live in the Houston area you can request the song by calling (979) 323-7771.
Singer Songwriter Awards - January 25, 2007
"35 & Thinking" was selected as a runner-up for Round 2 of the 2006 Singer Songwriter Awards. The song was one of only 50 selected from several thousand entries. Also, "Doer's Lament" received an Honourable Mention in this contest. For a listing of the winners, go to http://www.wearelistening.org/winners2006r2.php