CD Release Show – February 12th, 2006
Knitting Factory – Los Angeles, CA
Let me start by expressing my excitement when I figured out where exactly the Knitting Factory is. Right in the heart of Hollywood, and being from out of state, I had probably the most fun I’ve ever had before a concert exploring the area. Beyond that, the intimate setting the venue provided was perfect for the crowd, a diverse group as far as age.
Ernier Halter has come quite a ways since beginning to perform on a consistent basis. He’s played with John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Tony Lucca, Tyrone Wells and many other famous names, but he still has the work ethic to play small coffee houses and college campus shows as much as he possibly can. When I was invited to check out his CD Release show, I made every effort to make it happen.
Ernie’s crowd neared or met the capacity of the venue, and consisted of many popular LA area performers and industry reps. The average size stage was consumed with an incredible six piece band to accompany, and the group pushed their way into the set.
Halter came out and performed flawlessly about 12 songs, including hits from older releases, and new uptempo groove tracks from the new release, Congress Hotel. His band never missed a beat and his voice never missed a note. Upon the introduction to ‘Whisper’, Ernie thanked and recognize the co-writer of the song, who happened to be standing directly in front of me. Ever appreciative of Ernie’s talents, one can further infer that he truly is one of the most genuine people in music.
More impressive than nearly ever solo act I’ve ever seen, take one of the many chances nation-wide to see one of Ernie’s performances. His new album released on Rockridge Records is now available nation wide, and nearly every show is broadcast live on Ernie’s myspace. A big thank-you to Ernie and Krista Mettler at Skye Media!