About Eric & Laurie and HICKSBORO STATION
Laurie, daughter of "Pete" and Nora Keeton, began singing gospel music at the young age of 5. She has continued her love in music ever since, especially gospel and country. She grew up in a family of 6 (Siblings include one sister (Nicole Keeton Howell & two brothers (Marshall Dwight & Tom Keeton). She started playing piano at the age of 7. Later, she became interested in the acoustic guitar. "My father taught me a few chords, and it went from there." She began playing the piano for her church in Jr High and enjoyed every chance she got to sing. As a pre-teen and thru teenage years, she and her oldest brother, Dwight Keeton sang together in a gospel quartet (3 boys & a girl) with her grandmother, Caroline at the keys. They traveled around the area including spots in NC & Va. Growing up in rural NC (HICKSBORO), her passion for country music continued to grow. She carried her love for playing and performing with her to college and it was there, through music, she met her husband to be. They played trio gigs together, and soon one of her dreams came true, she, along with her husband, Eric, established a full band, a country/rock group called "Hicksboro Station". What a great group of guys & a gal!" On Stage you may find her standing behind her double tier keyboard stand playing her Alesis and Yamaha OR all over the stage in action with her partner playing the Roland AX-1, of which she attracts the most attention. Having her AX-1 and being wireless vocally has given her the freedom to move about the stage. She says, "I just can't stay still! I love good country music and there's nothing like singing it!" As one fan puts it, "she is country to the bone!" She enjoys playing music with her husband & band and loves songwriting. One of the proudest projects in the music was recording a demo in Nashville, TN. She says “the CD project was so exciting & inspiring that she can’t wait to get back in the studio and do MORE…Eric & I both are so excited about it!” She loves spending time with her immediate & extended families and enjoys doing for her church and youth group.
**Eric was born and raised in the foothills of the North Carolina mountains in the small town of Hudson. There was always music in that home; mostly gospel, and both parents were singers and his mother played piano. His father, Stanley Wilson, had a rich gospel music history and formed his first group at a young age with a high school friend named George Younce (later of the Cathedral Quartet). When he met Eric's beautiful, piano playing and singing mother (Joyce Wilson Curtis), he knew he had found the one. When Eric came along, a trio was later formed and they performed in area churches and for local events. - Through his teenage years, he had some formal training on piano (very little), but mostly on percussion from Jr. and Sr. High School. He soon became a huge fan of southern rock and country and used to spend many hours singing with a high school friend named Reggie Harris. "He is still today one of the most fascinating guitarists that I have ever met", Eric says. As Eric went on to college, he took his singing with him, but the drums had to stay at home. He met a classmate that could play guitar and they became close friends. His name was Les Moore. “No Les NO Moore”, he used to always say. He taught Eric how to play rhythm guitar and within three months, they were playing “gigs” on campus and at local restaurants. He says, "It was here that I met one of my greatest influences in music, my beautiful, piano playing and singing wife, Laurie Keeton Wilson." Ain’t it funny how things come around full circle! Les, Laurie, and Eric soon formed a trio and played the campus gigs together.- Later, after Laurie and Eric were married and had completed all of their college adventures, they returned to Laurie’s hometown of Oxford and formed the band named “Hicksboro Station”. What a great group of guys and one beautiful gal!
This dynamic DUO & Hicksboro Station have played many venues throughout the region and have opened for many national acts including Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Craig Morgan, Darryl Worley, Rodney McDowell, T Graham Brown, Exile, Confederate Railroad, Ty Herndon, etc. Eric & Laurie have just completed their new CD; recorded in Nashville, TN. Many of the songs recorded include their very own original material and they look forward to sharing with their fans! It seems to be a common theme among other writers, publishers, engineers in Nashville…this duo, Eric & Laurie is “refreshing” to the country music scene….”we need an act like you”. To be a signed act is a life-long dream of both Eric & Laurie and they are confident one day soon, their dreams will come true.