With “Rock & Roll,” the first single from his Warner Bros. Records debut album, Sounds Like This, Eric Hutchinson was the only new artist to score a #1 single at U.S. AAA radio in 2008. Now “Rock & Roll” is a Top 10 hit on both Australia’s iTunes’ and national airplay charts and Hutchinson will be the opening act on Jason Mraz’s upcoming Australian tour. Upon his return to the States, Hutchinson will mix it up, playing a series of headlining and college shows.

His new single, “OK, It’s Alright With Me,” was #1 Most Added its first week at AAA radio. “You Don’t Have To Believe Me,” another track from his album, was hailed by USA Today as a “frisky, funky winner” and has been tapped by TNT as the theme music for the network’s summer promotional spot, which began airing last month.

Exuberant and uplifting, Sounds Like This has struck a chord in these uncertain times. Described as “infectious” (Philadelphia Daily News) and “soulful” (Boston Globe), Hutchinson, a Yahoo! “Who’s Next” artist, offers up humor and hope in the face of adversity. After all, he recorded and released Sounds Like This on his own, after his previous record deal disintegrated. It became the highest charting album by an unsigned act in iTunes’ history. Thereafter, he signed with Warner Bros. Records, which gave it a wide release last year.

“Clever songs, quirky grooves, a flair for tunefully evoking a generation of classic rockers: All of that appears to come naturally to Hutchinson, and it’s that seeming effortlessness that makes his music so disarming,” said The Washington Post while The Onion’s AV Club, which included Sounds Like This in its “best music of 2008” feature, praised it as “a playful, piano-powered pop album that brings to mind Stevie Wonder’s most freewheelin’ days…an energetic, supremely catchy collection of sharply penned songs …”

Hutchinson, a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist, just wrapped up a tour with G. Love & Special Sauce this past weekend. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

4/14 Brisbane, Australia Conv. & Exhib.Centre w/Jason Mraz 4/15 Sydney, Australia Hordern Pavilion ”
4/17 Adelaide, Australia Bonython Park w/Missy Higgins, Jason Mraz, Bob Evans
4/20 Melbourne, Australia Palais Theatre w/Jason Mraz
4/24 Henderson, TN Freed-Hardeman University headlining
4/25 Reading, PA Alvernia University PEC w/Gavin DeGraw
4/26 St. Cloud, MN St. Cloud State University headlining
5/5 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live ”
5/6 Washington, DC 9:30 Club ”
5/7 New York, NY Highline ”
5/8 Boston, MA Roxy ”
5/9 Northampton, MA Pearl Street ”
5/11 Indianapolis, IN Bluebird Nightclub ”
5/12 Chicago, IL The Abbey ”
5/13 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater ”
5/15 Lexington, MI Lexington Music Theatre ”
5/16 Lexington, MI Lexington Music Theatre ”
5/19 Tampa, FL The Orpheum ”
5/20 Orlando, FL The Social ”
5/22 Atlanta, GA Vinyl ”
5/23 Baltimore, MD Recher Theater ”

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