Happy Birthday Eric Krasno: ‘Leave A Little’ Single

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Acclaimed guitarist Eric Krasno was born in Connecticut on this date in 1976. The 43-year-old musician celebrates his birthday with the release of “Leave A Little,” the first single from his forthcoming concept album, Telescope.

Telescope tells the story of a Brooklyn Brownstone and the characters living within. A release date for the LP has not been announced as of press time. Kraz has been previewing Telescope with posts on a new Instagram page. “Leave A Little” serves as an introduction to apartment 3A: Gina, described in a press release as “a fading prom queen from the Midwest who now lives in the brownstone.” Stay tuned for three unique storylines that will be unveiled in the weeks to come.

“It’s a cross-section of the different worlds I’ve lived in—from producing hip-hop records for guys like 50 Cent to performing with The Grateful Dead,” Kraz said of Telescope in a statement. “I always hoped to eventually combine everything. I also wanted to write from these different perspectives. This was the first time I could. I moved to Los Angeles at the end of making Telescope, but this is my ode to Brooklyn. Some of the songs are based on true experiences and real people. Others are embellished. There’s definitely some of me in the songs too.”

Eric Krasno grew up in the suburbs of New York City and was introduced to the world of classic rock by his older brother, Jeff Krasno. In high school, he attended a Berklee College Of Music’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program with his future Lettuce band mates drummer Adam Deitch, guitarist Adam Smirnoff, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes. The musicians kept in touch and went on to form Lettuce, a group Eric performed with for 20 years before leaving the band to focus on other endeavors in 2014.

In 1999, Krasno formed Soulive with keyboardist Neal Evans and drummer Alan Evans. The trio continues to record and perform together through the present. A run of six Bowlive concerts at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City in honor of the band’s 20th anniversary is slated for July 11 – 13 and 18 – 20.

Kraz has also led a number of his own bands including Chapter 2 and the Eric Krasno Band. He’s also performed with a who’s who of musicians from the jam scene and beyond including Norah Jones, Aaron Neville, Phil Lesh and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Additionally, Eric has a number of producer credits to his name starting with Talib Kweli‘s Quality in 2002. Telescope is a passion project that the guitarist/producer has been working on for years.

Watch the video for “Leave A Little,” which was animated by Josh Clark Studios:

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