Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eric Lichter began his solo career with the release of 2002's Palm Wine Sunday Blue, but his musical career began almost two decades before. The Seattle-based Lichter first recorded as the drummer in the Life, a minor neo-psychedelic band of the mid- to late '80s who released an album, 1987's Alone, and a single, 1990's "Do It Again"/"Broken Man," on the local Green Monkey Records before splitting in the early '90s. When the Life's former labelmates the Green Pajamas reunited in 1993 (after splitting up in 1989), Lichter joined the group as keyboardist and secondary guitarist, replacing original member Steve Lawrence. After a four-year string of compilation appearances and occasional singles, the Green Pajamas released their first full album in over seven years, 1997's Strung Behind the Sun. Lichter contributed three songs to the album, a quota that continued on 1998's All Clues Lead to Megan's Bed, 2000's Seven Fathoms Down and Falling, and 2001's The Caroler's Song. Self-recorded over a period of a few years (with occasional help from fellow Green Pajamas members Jeff Kelly and Laura Weller, among others), Lichter's solo debut, Palm Wine Sunday Blue, was finally released in May 2002.
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