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Guitar Slinger, Eric Heatherly has his new band ready for the studio! He's spent 18 mos. conceptualizing and writing original material.

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FAMED GUITAR SLINGER, ERIC HEATHERLY, MOST NOTABLY KNOWN FOR HIS 2001 WORLD-WIDE SMASH HIT SINGLE AND VIDEO, "FLOWERS ON THE WALL," IS EMBARKING ON A NEW MUSICAL JOURNEY. HEATHERLY HAS SEEN HIS SHARE OF MAJOR LABEL DISAPPOINTMENTS WITH NOT ONE BUT TWO MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FOLLOW-UP RECORDS, SHRINK WRAPPED, UNRELEASED AND LEFT TO DIE IN RECORD LABEL VAULTS. IN 2004 HEATHERLY ENCOUNTERED A HEARTBREAKINGLY LONG AND BITTER DIVORCE AND CUSTODY BATTLE OVER HIS ONLY CHILD, CHRISTIANA. IN 2005 HEATHERLY TOOK A TWO YEAR HIATIS FROM TOURING TO RAISE HIS BABY GIRL AND GET HER INTO KINDERGARTEN ALL THE WHILE WRITING AND RECORDING NEW MATERIAL LATE AT NIGHT. FIGHTING OFF THE DEPRESSION DEMONS THAT LIFE HAD UNLEASHED ON HIM, HEATHERLY SHIFTED HIS SIGHTS TO AN INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE THAT WOULD BE MORE THAN WELCOMING TO HIS ART AND MUSICAL STYLINGS. HEATHERLY SIGNED WITH UNIVERSAL/AGR IN GERMANY AND RENDERED SEVERAL TOP-10 SINGLES FROM 2005 TO 2011 AND TOURED EUROPE TO LARGE AND ENTHUSIASTIC CROWDS.

ASK IF HEATHERLY IS DISAPPOINTED WITH THE CURRENT STATE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND HE'LL TELL YOU IT COULDN'T BE A MORE EXCITING TIME FOR AN ARTIST TO HAVE CREATIVE CONTROL AND ACCESS TO AN OPEN PIPELINE OF DISTRIBUTION TO MUSIC LOVERS WORLD-WIDE. EVEN AFTER ALL THE SET-BACKS HEATHERLY HAS EXPERIENCED IN THE INDUSTRY, HE REMAINS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES THE FUTURE HOLDS. RELENTLESS TOURING, WRITING AND PRODUCING FOR TWO DECADES NOW HAS MADE AND TEMPERED HEATHERLY INTO THE MAN AND MUSICIAN HE IS TODAY. HEATHERLY BELIEVES THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS READY FOR AUTHENTIC, NOT OVERLY-PRODUCED ROOTS MUSIC….THE TIME IS NOW! HE BELIEVES THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER IN THEIR HANDS WHEN THEY SPEAK WITH THEIR HARD EARNED DOLLARS. HEATHERLY IS OF THE BELIEF THAT IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, THE PUBLIC WILL RISE TO THE OCCASION AND SUPPORT A STYLE AND MUSICAL MOVEMENT THAT'S NOT PREFABRICATED TO FIT THE MOLD OF THE CURRENT MAINSTREAM.

WHERE DID THE NAME AND CONCEPT OF "THE GOATS OF KUDZU" COME FROM? IT'S A TWO YEAR OBSESSION OF HEATHERLY'S TO START A BAND OF MULTI-INSTRUMENTALISTS AND LIKE MINDED INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE INCREDIBLY TALENTED AND HAVE THE SAME ASPIRATIONS TO TAKE A NEW VISION TO THE MASSES WITH A SOUND AND STYLE NEVER BEFORE SEEN OR HEARD. HEATHERLY IS GOING DEEPER THAN JUST HIS SOUTHERN ROOTS FROM GROWING UP IN CHATTANOOGA AND OOLTEWAH TENNESSEE. HE'S DIGGING WAY DOWN INTO HIS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE AND SCOTTISH BLOODLINE TO CONJURE UP A SPIRIT BORN OF THE AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE ERA.

WHY GOATS? HEATHERLY IS INTRIGUED BY THEIR BIBLICAL HISTORY AND THE RELEVANCE THEY HAVE IN SCRIPTURE. HEATHERLY'S HOMETOWN OF CHATTANOOGA, HAS EMPLOYED HERDS OF GOATS TO CONTAIN THE VAST WIDE SPREADING OF THE SOUTHERN VINE, KUDZU, BY EATING IT.

WHY KUDZU? HEATHERLY, REMINISCENT OF THE SIGHTS AND SMELLS OF, "THE VINE THAT ATE THE SOUTH," WANTED TO INCORPORATE A SENTIMENTAL ASPECT TO THE CONFEDERATE HOMELAND IN WHICH HE WAS BORN AND RAISED. THE VINE GROWS A FOOT A DAY AND HEATHERLY WOULD SEE THE VINES DRAPING OVER THE TREES AND LANDSCAPE WHEN HE WOULD DRIVE HOME TO TENNESSEE FROM LONG MUSICAL TOURS OF DUTY. EAST OF CHATTANOOGA TO NORTHWEST GEORGIA A RIPPLE OF LAND KNOWN AS MISSIONARY RIDGE PRESENTED CHALLENGES TO MANY PEOPLE DURING THE MID-1800'S. FIRST, RAILROADERS BUILDING TRACK HAD TO GO AROUND IT OR THROUGH IT'S GAPS TO BUILD THE WESTERN AND ATLANTIC AND OTHER LINES. THEN ULYSSES S. GRANT HAD TO PENETRATE IT TO BREAK THE SIEGE OF CHATTANOOGA. THE STRIP OF HIGHWAY 24 EAST BETWEEN THE RIDGE CUT AND LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN REPRESENTS OVERCOMING HARDSHIPS AND DELIVERANCE FOR HEATHERLY. A SENSE OF COMFORT AND CONTENTMENT ARE FELT WHEN HEATHERLY CATCHES THE FIRST SIGHT OF THOSE GIGANTIC, FLOWING, GREEN CURTAINS OF KUDZU THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD OF HIS '55 CHEVY ON HIS DRIVES HOME.

WHAT IS THE SOUND AND VISION OF "THE GOATS OF KUDZU"? IT'S SOMETHING HEATHERLY SAYS IS NOT EASY TO DESCRIBE. HE BELIEVES IT WILL BE COMMERCIAL BY VIRTUE OF BEING NON-COMMERCIAL. IT WILL BE RECORDED ON THE OLDEST, MOST VINTAGE ANALOG EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE. THIS BAND IS ABOUT MUSICIANSHIP, QUALITY OF MATERIAL AND ART IN IT'S RAREST FORM. CAPTURED ON TAPE WITH RECKLESS ABANDONMENT AND IMPULSIVENESS.
TIMELESS BUT MODERN.

FOR THE BAND'S LOGO, HEATHERLY COMMISSIONED ARTIST & DESIGNER, AL CARROLL, FROM ORLANDO, FL TO BRING HIS VISION TO LIFE. AL IS A SEVENTY-FIVE YEAR OLD SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN THAT STILL DRAWS FROM PEN TO PARCHMENT. KNOWN FOR HIS GRAPHIC DETAIL AND CENTURIES OLD TECHNIQUES, AL CARROLL WAS THE PERFECT, ORGANIC CHOICE FOR HEATHERLY. HEATHERLY WANTED A HAND-DRAWN RENDERING THAT WILL BE A LASTING TRADEMARK AND STATEMENT FOR THE MUSICAL VISION OF THE BAND. HEATHERLY ISN'T TAKING ANY SHORTCUTS OR BEATEN PATHS. HE'S A MAN OF THE ROAD-LESS TRAVELED…IF IT TAKES A LITTLE LONGER TO GET IT RIGHT, HEATHERLY IS DETERMINED TO GO THE DISTANCE.

FOR THE FUTURE FRIENDS AND FANS OF, "THE GOATS OF KUDZU," HEATHERLY SAYS, "THAT BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS"…HE'S DETERMINED TO PAY FOR THIS HIMSELF IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE HIS FANS GET SOMETHING MAGICAL AND MEMORABLE. A PIECE OF ART THAT'S CREATED WITHOUT THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE MAINSTREAM MUSIC INDUSTRY SYSTEM.

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