Releasing his sophomore album, The Rose of Jericho, this past April, EREZ — an Israeli-American singer/songwriter who calls Austin, Texas home — has been a wanderer since birth. A native of the Judean desert, EREZ’s world travels provide a backdrop to The Rose of Jericho with its sparse and engaging tales of love, loss and longing.
Studied, thoughtful and engaging, EREZ kindly answered our 8 Questions.
BFoN: Favorite instrument
E: Well, I’d say it’s not the instrument, it’s the player and it’s the song. Having said that, I love the piano. It’s full and deep, and has a very wide range; from being painfully delicate to being obnoxious and drunk at some New Orleans joint. But, there’s something about the guitar that resonates with me. It stands out. When you play the right note at the right time, it has the potential to change everything.
BFoN: Favorite book
E: Hard to say; if I’d have to choose one book, I’d probably go with The Forty Days of Musa Dagh by Franz Werfel. It tells the true story of the Armenian Genocide that took place during the First World War. It masterfully captures historic events and personal experiences, mixing tragedy with humor, earthly events with philosophical and spiritual notions.
BFoN: Musical influences
E: So many … Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, JJ Cale, Eric Clapton and many many others.
BFoN: Favorite album of 2015
E: Out of the new generation of bands, I really dig Dawes. Their 2015 album All Your Favorite Bands is really good.
BFoN: Star Wars or Star Trek
E: Star Wars. Not one of those super fans, but I like the first three movies of the series.
BFoN: Which member of the band is most like a Spinal Tap character?
E: I play and I’ve played with many characters, but unfortunately haven’t met anyone that is as funny and outrageous.
BFoN: First album you purchased
E: I think it was Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits, but I could be wrong.
BFoN: Origin of your band’s name
E: My name is EREZ. It’s a Hebrew name. It means cedar. Not the easiest name to remember or to pronounce, but it’s mine.