Eric Krasno On World Cafe

Grammy-winning guitarist and producer Eric Krasno's collaboration credits read like a who's who of the music industry over the past couple decades. Krasno's played guitar and composed for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, produced for 50 Cent, played guitar for Norah Jones and engineered for Matisyahu. He also cofounded the funk-jazz unit Lettuce and fusion ensemble Soulive. (I could go on.)

Suffice it to say that, somewhere in your music-listening life, you've probably heard something Krasno has touched as a producer or musician. But this might be the first time you're hearing his voice. Krasno made the leap to sing his own songs — for the first time — on his debut solo record, Blood From A Stone. So our first question was: What on earth took him so long to take the mic?

Free at Noon Flashback: Eric Krasno slays with vivacious jams

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Sporting an ear-to-ear grin, Grammy award winning producer/singer-songwriter Eric Krasno took the Free at Noon stage, anxious to play tunes from his 2016 solo debut Blood from a Stone. Humility and art came before anything else, as the band blasted through a 45-minute set jam-packed with constant trades of impeccable musicianship communicated throughout the sextet.

The wonderful thing about Krasno isn’t just his amazing ability to create intense emotion with only six strings and a fervent but powerful voice, but his willingness to pass the musical torch for the sake of musical advancement and collaboration. Keyboardist DeShawn Alexander was on the receiving end for a few tracks, ripping soulful features on “Jezebel” and unreleased track “Blood from a Stone.”

Vocalist Mary Coso almost stole the spotlight from Krasno, taking her powerful range to complement solos from rhythm guitarist Danny Mayer and power through. Although this band has only been performing as a unit for a relatively short period of time, the chemistry between all musicians was undeniable. Freeform jams intertwined throughout the set never lost the interest of the crowd, as onlookers danced like there’s no tomorrow (and vocally approved with a simple “Sounds good!”).

Even though all members had their moments to shine, Krasno proved why his name is on the marquee. At a point in every song, Krasno eyes would shut, and all emotion would be channeled through every note plucked, while each backing members looked on with sparks in their eyes, almost as a visual confirmation that everyone around and on that stage knew how special of a musician Eric Krasno is. Ending the set with past track “Be Alright”, the band stapled their free-flowing vibes into the minds of concertgoers, capping off a great afternoon of unimpeachable proportions.

WXPN Free at Noon

Eric Krasno Band will be joining WXPN's Free at Noon this Friday, November 4 in Philadelphia, PA. The event is free to attend with an RSVP.

If you can't make it into this special, live radio performance, EKB will be performing later that night at the Ardmore Music Hall with Doyle Bramhall II. Tickets for the show are on sale now.