René Megens schreef voor Oor! : {..} Op de laatste cd’s van Matthews Southern Comfort was ook Eric Devries te horen, als zanger en gitarist. Op zijn vierde soloplaat Song & Dance Man heeft deze in onze hoofdstad geboren singer-songwriter prominente hulp ingeroepen van vooral Joost van Es (viool) en Janos Koolen (mandoline, banjo, accordeon, gitaren). Het resultaat is een hoofdzakelijk akoestisch Americana/Folkwerkstuk. Devries zorgde voor persoonlijke en kleine, maar nimmer petieterige liedjes, waarvan Sunday Eve In Amsterdam met zijn vioolwerk en klarinetspel het summum is. In Ballad of A Song & Dance Man refereert Devries aan Van Morrison. De leerling overtreft de meester, en niet zo’n beetje. Want Song & Dance Man is ontzettend veel beter dan de meest recent plaat van de Ier.

Music Magazine Oor:

The last CD’s of Matthews Southern Comfort also featured Eric Devries as a singer and guitarist. On his fourth solo album Song & Dance Man the singersongwriter born in Amsterdam has called in the help of especially Joost van Es (violins) and Janos Koolen (mandolin, banjo, accordeon, guitars). The result is a mainly acoustic/folkpiece. Devries delivered personal and intimate but never diminutive songs of which Sunday Eve In Amsterdam with its violins and clarinet is its epitome. In Ballad of A Song & Dance Man  Devries refers to Van Morrison. The apprentice surpasses the master by far. Because Song & Dance Man is way better than the most recent offering by the Irishman.

Review on Israbox..

In the case of Eric Devries, we are somewhat familiar with his ‘Hidden Agenda’, at least as far as the musical part is concerned. The duo with that other musician and songwriter Jan Baartmans grew into Hidden Agenda Deluxe, reinforced with a rhythm section and organ player. An out of combo that not without merit adapted the American roots on Pan Alley Fever and Angels in The Snow, a collaboration with the Canadian band Oh Sussanah. Afterwards, together with Baartmams, he was spotted at Matthews Southern Comfort. With Songs & Dances, Devries is now working on his fourth solo project.

Devries opted for a more intimate approach and an acoustic setting. Producer and multi-instrumentalist Janus Kolen adds subtle accents with mandolin banjo, dobro, accordion… We also hear violin contributions from Joost van Es and bassist Lucas Beukers provides rhythmic support.

Immediately after the countdown it becomes clear the horny Little White Lines tracks on honky tonk tracks with twanging strings and harmonica. In Jericho Walls, banjo and violin set the tone and support the vocals. It is flanked by the harmonic backing of Sophie Janna, who we remember from The Lasses. ”When I heard the Man sing ‘Hard Noise The Highway’, the sparkling title track is a thinly veiled tribute to Van Morrison.

In this way Devries always takes you along in carefully elaborated stories. The time when you have no control or the inevitable problems that arise with every new love, the Matters of Love meandering on wonderful strings and the melancholy intoxicated All I Know How To Do.

Pause for a moment on the relaxed, banjo fiddle-driven cajun tones of Another Round and we wind up in the concluding section with Don’t Let Me Be. The softly flying Mary is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful stages of a flawless course that ends in absolute beauty after the fiddler song But For The Grace. Sunday Eve in Amsterdam, a wistful look in the rear-view mirror, floats on acoustic guitar, tender clarinet and strings. Song & Dance Man is undoubtedly one of the better works from the song forge of the Low Countries and far beyond.


Review Lust For Life Magazine

This is already the fourth solo album by songsmith Eric Devries. An especially intimate album where the Amsterdammer is accompanied by gitarist Janos Koolen, bassist Lucas Beukers, violinist Joost van Es and Sophie Janna on backing vocals. The twelve songs are nearly all acoustic and would fit in perfectly with Matthews Southern Comfort’s repertoire, the band that Devries was part of for the last four years. And that means friendly retro-country rock from the American West-coast, with meaningful lyrics and melodies that effortlessly find their way  into your consience. In ‘Another Round’ Devries takes a jaunty sidestep into Bluegrass and also the following songs ‘Don’t Let Me Be’ and ‘But For The Grace’ lean heavily towards this genre. Kind of in the vain of Chris Hillman and his Desert Rose Band from days gone by. There is, to be fair, nothing wrong with ‘Song & Dance Man’. On the contrary, it is without a doubt one of the best albums from The Netherlands in this genre this year. 4 stars out of 5

Musik Global schreibt..

Der Niederländer gehört zu den ganz grossen Americana Musikern ausserhalb der USA und auch bei den Amerikanern kann er mithalten. Eric Devries spielt ein exzellentes Fingerpicking und auch seine Stimme passt besten in das Americana Genre. Er wird von hervorragenden Musikern an Mandoline, Bass, Dobro und weiteren Instrumenten begleitet. Zu hören gibt es Country, Folk und Blues und auch seine Texte haben ein Niveau. er erzöhlt uns Geschichten, u.a. auch über den Sonntagabend in Amsterdam. Ein Album das man nicht alle Tage hört.

Fredi Hallauer

Review ‘Song & Dance Man’ at The Barrier

John Barlass from At The Barrier.com writes: {..} the real icing on the cake is Eric’s clear, tuneful voice, which manages to suit each song absolutely perfectly – and you’d never guess his Dutch roots – his is a voice that comes to you directly from Nashville! Song & Dance Man is a thoroughly rewarding listening experience. {..} Song & Dance Man is an album that needs to be heard – and once you’ve heard it, you’ll want to repeat the experience again and again.  click to read more..