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Smooth sailing

Eric Lindell steps up his tours with a 1991 Cadillac

¤ Eric Lindell

¤ 10 p.m. today and Saturday

¤ The Tugboat Grill & Pub in Ski Time Square

¤ $5

¤ 879-7070

Transportation for Eric Lindell has not always been ideal.

“We were on this one crazy tour where we drove through Colorado in the dead of winter in a Griswold family station wagon with no heater,” Lindell said. “The bass player had on every piece of clothing he owned.”

¤ Eric Lindell

¤ 10 p.m. today and Saturday



¤ The Tugboat Grill & Pub in Ski Time Square

¤ $5



¤ 879-7070

This summer’s tour is much warmer and less stressful in the group’s 1991 Cadillac.

“We’re just rollin’ along here,” Lindell said. “It’s been a lot smoother than our past trip.”

On the last tour, Lindell and his band members drove a 1965 Chevy panel tuck that had no air conditioning but a great paint job.

“It was super cool to pull into town in a hot rod truck that was dove grey with red rims,” drummer Chris Mule said. “It looked really cool but took five days to drive through Texas. It didn’t have highway gears and only went up to 55 mph.”

Mule met Lindell four or five years ago.

“We hit it off as friends first — nothing too serious,” Mule said. “And then we developed a sound together.”

The group’s New Orleans-based band is marketed as combining soul-shaking rhythm and blues, reggae grooves, swamp pop and blues.

“We play rootsy music,” Lindell said. “I don’t like to label ourselves as blues. It’s American roots music.”

He writes his lyrics about his experiences.

“I write a lot about love and songs about women,” Lindell said. “It seems to be a strong topic and constant inspiration.”

Lindell has signed with his first record label, a deal that was negotiated at about the time Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Lindell said Katrina helped the New Orleans music scene.

“The hurricane drew a lot of attention to New Orleans and really just exposed a lot of people,” Lindell said. “Everybody I know in the city is working their tails off. The city is built on music, and it’s coming back strong. “

Lindell hopes to write songs for other artists who are on the Alligator records label. Although Bonnie Raitt would be his first choice, he said he would work with many people on the label.

“They have some artists who sometimes need material,” Lindell said. “I think the ultimate compliment is to be able to write your own song and have someone else do it.”


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