Eric Britt got his start writing and recording in the late nineties with Southeastern band Hazel Virtue. Britt formed Hazel Virtue along with a handful of friends he met whilst still at UGA. The Athens powerhouse band shined in their live concerts and in their first full length release, HIP. The original Hazel toured extensively. They became part of the festival circuit playing at such events as Big Day Out, Music Midtown and Crossroads. The first single release, My Spanish Puppetfinger, gained popularity and play rotation on over 100 stations on commercial and college radio. National interest peaked when Billboard magazine named Hazel one of the top unsigned South Eastern bands.
After five years of consistently touring, Britt and the other members of Hazel began to experience common themes amongst bands, too long in the van together and the clash of the ego! Hazel dismembered at the height of their popularity with HIP. The last show was at the ever popular Music Midtown in downtown Atlanta.
Britt felt it was time for a change and made his way to Charleston, SC. Britt reformed Hazel with new members and a new sound. What didn’t change was Britt’s style of writing based on a mix of story-telling and deeply dark personal experiences. As the new Hazel, The Face and The Shine was born. Whilst in Charleston, Britt was named best male vocalist three years running. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra learned four of Britt’s songs and performed them in front of a full house at the Gaillard Auditorium.
The second formation of Hazel gained momentum quickly, just as the first Hazel did. Commercial radio stations, festivals and big band openers were the norm of the day. However, Britt had an internal urge towards writing that kept resurfacing. Always one true to his soul, Britt retreated to Savannah, GA.
For the past six years, Britt has spent his time working on his new album, Greener, and refining his work as a solo artist. Greener is Britt’s first album to eventually give way to love and positive personal experiences…though fans of Britt should not be put off as Britt begins Greener with those classic, angst-driven tones of yesteryear.
Greener is directly influenced by the deep folk roots that he cut his teeth on yoked with his love of Indie music that became his tapestry during his decade touring. Greener was touted as Savannah’s best local release of 2012 by Bill DeYoung, then music editor of Connect Savannah.
The last 3 years have found Britt playing with Savannah’s American Hologram. Savannah’s American Hologram is a gutsy and eclectic power house trio comprised of Eric Britt, Britt Scott and Craig Tanner. Although Americana goth pop and roots has surfaced as a description, songwriting is what defines their music. Interweaving acoustic guitars, three part harmonies, and interchanging lead singers make American Hologram a standout among Southeastern bands.