BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — Singer-songwriter Eric Van Houten has lived and performed in Nashville, Tenn., for eight years — but the born-and-raised Buffalonian hasn’t forgotten his roots.
Van Houten graduated from West Seneca West High School and launched his career opening WYRK concerts and playing country nights at local bars like the Armor Tap Inn.
Since switching to original music, he has toured with big names in country music, including Jake Owens, Chase Rice and Kelsea Ballerini.
Van Houten is now in town to release his new album, “Dreamers,” as part of a two-night engagement at the Forbes Theater, 512 Pearl St.
He played an album release party at the theater on Thursday night, and he has another show coming up tonight. Tickets are $20 GA and $35 balcony, and you can buy them here. Doors are at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Although he’s been a resident of Music City for the better part of a decade, Queen City still has his back.
“The Buffalo community is just crazy,” Van Houten said. “I look back now, and I’m not shocked that people supported and supported me because I’m from here, but I’m grateful that they liked the music as well. That’s why I like this place.
Van Houten describes “Dreamers” as a “roller coaster ride”, with songs influenced by different genres.
“We let each song speak for itself, which was a cool experience,” he explained.
You can find “Dreamers” on all music streaming platforms.
Kaley Lynch is a digital journalist who has been part of the News 4 team since 2017. See more of her work here.