Recently, one of Eric's songs from this CD was picked up by Neil Young and put on his website "Living With War Today". It's called "Writings of Holy Men".
Shortly after its release in 1997, Eric Benson’s first CD “Close the Door”, gained accolades from veterans in the music world, and received airplay on FM, college radio and AM stations here in BC, and on budding internet radio stations and music sites worldwide. The “Door” is actually a window into the soul of this gifted artist. Eric is known for his ability to put pure emotions onto paper, and capture an audience within the songs striking melodies, and his soothing vocals. He has shared the stage with music icons Amanda Marshall, Ian Tyson, Juice Newton, Valdy, Queen of slide guitars Ellen McIllwain, and Roy Clark, to name a few.
Now, come and experience Eric’s latest mix of truly heartfelt and stirring songs on the “Eric Benson and Urban Legend White Horse” album. Released to an audience of over 200 who braved the only snowstorm of the year in Campbell River to hear not only the new songs, but also the music of his new band, “Urban Legend”. With the sultry vocals of Cathy Kalyniuk on harmony and taking the lead in some songs, and the smooth angelic vocals of back up singer Johanne Abbis, each of Eric’s songs was and continues to be showstoppers. From the medieval settings of both “The Rain God” and “White Horse”, the incredibly beautiful love ballads, “More” and “Just One More Time”, to the haunting reflections of “Angel in Mid Flight”, you will want to play this CD over and over again. Eric’s first appearance in Nanaimo at the Lighthouse Pub Songwriter’s Circle in May was nothing short of electric, and everyone waiting for his return.