Erik Shicotte - Miss’ry Pacific CD

Erik Shicotte - Miss’ry Pacific CD

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TRACKLIST
Miss’ry Pacific
2 Kansas City
3 Niners
4 Flint
5 Silver
6 Die Like A Man


Like Johnny Cash, Erik Shicotte has been everywhere, and like Cash and Merle Haggard, the Midwestern singer songwriter sings with humor and pathos about trains, trucks, and the hardworking heroes who hang out on the highways, rails, and honky-tonks. Shicotte’s new album Miss’ry Pacific rides along a rambling, rolling country vibe that twists and turns like the many roads he’s traveled since he started writing the album. The album was “Slapped together like the far flung cars of a freight train,” says Shicotte. “The pandemic made it impossible to get everyone in the same room, but we made it work by communicating virtually, recording different parts in different cities, and staying committed to piecing it all together.” Shicotte’s rich baritone vocals wrench emotions from his listener’s hearts. Like Luke Combs and Chris Stapleton, he writes songs that carry us back to times in our lives when certain events moved us deeply. “I write so people can feel it,” Shicotte says. “The songs on this album take me back to the moments when I wrote them, and my intent is that they can take the listener someplace that means something too.”
A Wisconsin native, Shicotte grew up in the Milwaukee area, where he was raised on Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Fleetwood Mac. “Oddly enough, Nascar 99’ for the original Playstation was the vehicle that brought me to learn guitar. The title track was “Scuttle Buttin” by Stevie Ray Vaughn, and it made me want to play the blues.” recalls Shicotte. He got his first guitar in eighth grade and took some lessons. He learned a few chords and then started messing around on his own. He started listening to everybody from Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers. He played in bands in high school, doing mostly cover songs, but after graduating he focused on writing his own music.
Shicotte writes from his own experience and often in a tongue-and-cheek style. “I take a lot of pride in keeping genuine to my own damn humor and existence. I myself can't write anything I don't know, see, feel, or believe in. I draw from my 
experiences and imagination within interpretation.” An ironworker, Shicotte travels around the country building fire training towers. He carries his guitar with 
him everywhere, slinging iron by day and spending his nights in hotel rooms writing country songs. In the tradition of Cash, Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, and 
Steve Earle, Shicotte pours his heart into songs about trains, trucks, small towns, and the fine folks and characters that bring them to life.