By Jim Hagerty
When a musician leaves his hometown and releases a solid solo album, it’s natural to wonder just how far the success will take him and, most importantly, when the next record will be out and whether it will be as good as the first.
Ernie Hendrickson is ending all wonderment. While he’s still riding the wave of 2007’s Down the Road, which clearly put him on the map as a top-notch folk artist, the follow-up, Walking with Angels, solidifies the former Seed Band and Make Believe front man’s place on the Americana A-list.
Now available for pre-order, Walking with Angels proves Hendrickson is a serious player and isn’t going away anytime soon. Each track is organic, lively and moves through the intricate, yet simple wanderings of life, loneliness and love. While not a throwaway on the record, tunes like “Hold on to Hope,” “Let Me See You Smile,” “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “Country Fall” are especially down-home and complete a precedent-setting tone to what the new breed of folk should sound like.
Hendrickson will release Walking with Angels Tuesday, Oct. 13. Meantime, pre-orders can be made at www.erniehendrickson.com. The entire album is also being streamed on the site under the Jukebox tab.
Hendrickson will be a featured performer at the Greenwich Village Art Fair, Sunday, Sept. 20. He returns to Rockford Friday, Nov. 25, for a show at the former New American Theater building.
From the September 16-22, 2009 issue