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Eric Tagg

If you were 20 years-old, traveling in the Netherlands and your money, identity and your airplane ticket to get you back home was stolen, what would you do? If you were Eric Tagg, you’d borrow some money, use it to put an ad in the local paper and begin your career as a vocalist. It was this episode in Eric’s life that thrust him into becoming one of the quintessential voices in the West Coast genre. Traveling back to the States to record his first album “Smilin’ Memories” in 1975 is when Eric first met guitarist Lee Ritenour, which blossomed into a long-lasting musical relationship. Eric was Ritenour’s feature vocalist and writing partner on two of his biggest albums, “Rit” and “Rit 2”, including the song “Is It You”, which hit the top 15 on the pop chart and number 1 on the R&B chart in the USA. During this period, Eric released two additional solo albums, “Rendezvous” in 1977 and “Dreamwalkin’” in 1982. It wasn’t until 1997 that he released his fourth solo record “Through My Eyes.” He now spends his time in Greenville, Texas working and writing music for his ministry. Inside MusiCast welcomes Eric Tagg.

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Reader Comments (10)

Thank you for a great interview with Eric Tag! Look forward to more interviews with interesting musicians!

December 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBengt Isaksson

Great interview. Thanks for posting.

December 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Tucker

Wow, what a cool, humble guy... So refreshing to know that such a phenomenal talent can carry himself with such grace. Many thanks to Eric for taking the time to do this interview and give us a peek into his musical journey. I can only hope that more opportunities come up to record with "the cats" because you're one of 'em man... Peace & Blessings. SG

December 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott Gross

Ditto, Scott. He's a class act.

December 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEddy

Its was a treasure for me to listen to Eric and his life journey. A book worth writting ! Great interview! Hope to hear some unreleased tracks in the future. My hat off to you Eric.

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaurice

I wished that Eric's albums would be available on ITUNES, especially 'THROUGH MY EYES'.
It's the second time that I've listened to this great interview on IMC. Very, very interesting !!!!

December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUwe

I thought that I was the only one who listened to interviews more than once.....it's amazing what you can glean from these guy's knowledge and stories....thanks Uwe.

December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEddy

I first discovered Eric in 1981or 1982 after hearing "Rit" in a record store. I immediately bought the album and was amazed at the musicianship and craftsmanship of not only the musicians on the album, but of Eric's vocal prowess. As a result, I immediately bought "Rit 2" and "Banded Together" upon their release. All fine records, and the epitome of the West Coast sound.

This interview was a treat to listen to, and I was amazed at Eric's musical journey from playing with Stevie Ray Vaughan to Lee Ritenour....of course highlighting everything he touched with his great voice. And he seems so down-to-earth and humble about it. A true inspiration.

Thanks, Eddy and Rick, and especially Eric. Good job!

December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilly

This was the best one yet. What a nice guy Eric is! I'd have been curious to know he didn't attain mainstream success as a solo act. It would seem that "Rit" would have set him up big time but it just didn't happen.

December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEd Smith

He almost sounded "too nice." One wonders if he had been more aggressive in promoting himself and his career, it might have gone differently. But then like so many, he might have lost the family or worse. In the interview, he sounds completely at peace with what he's done, and there's something really satisfying about that.

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRS

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