Eric Culberson’s second studio release under the Kingsnake Records label.
No Rules To The Game features thirteen tunes, of which eleven are original compositions, and has been met with critical acclaim by noteworthy music publications including Blues Revue, Living Blues and Real Blues Magazine.
A virtual tour de force of fret-burning guitar work, No Rules just might be the album that vaults Eric Culberson into the national spotlight. Complemented by a soulful horn section and a stable of seasoned King Snake session players, Culberson’s energy is palpable as he demonstrates equal skill on both electric and slide guitar. He has developed a mature Texas-meets-Chicago sound that generates sparks without being overwrought or flashy. And most promising of all, there isn’t a weak cut on the entire album.
“This album was further down the road for me personally,” said Culberson. “The horns are kickin’, and the entire album has a great feeling because everyone was into it.” Greenlee, who plays bass on the album, also sensed a natural energy to the proceedings. “Eric likes to perform his material rather than layer it with too much production, so we just let him go for it,” said Greenlee.
– Excerpt from an interview with Eric Culberson by Ken Hohman of Blues Revue Magazine. Read the whole interview here.
“An earnest tone dominates Eric Culberson’s songs, as he addresses the consequences of broken homes, the importance of a work ethic, and an individual’s autonomy…. A powerful album that never sags for a moment, No Rules to the Game is required listening” – Living Blues Magazine
“This disc is going to surprise a heck of a lot of people… Eric Culberson has emerged as a major blues artist with a big future. He’s got it, in spades. Put this one on your must-have list. It’s a real blues delight.” – Real Blues Magazine
“Drawing on the influences of Freddie and Albert King, Culberson has developed a style that is based on that tradition yet has a totally fresh and energetic sound. He has a piercing, direct guitar style played with some real depth, feeling and fire… both his playing and singing have a definite maturity about them. If you haven’t heard of this young talent I suggest you check out this CD.” – Ray Stiles, CD REVIEW
1. Broken Family Blues
2. I Came From the Blues
3. No Rules To the Game
4. Matter of Time
5. Workhorse Blues
6. Honey Bee
7. Why Did You Lie?
8. High Steppin’
9. Small Town
10. I Promised Myself (I Wouldn’t Drink No More)
11. It’s My Life, Baby
12. If You Leave Me
13. Savannah Swing