"One of the top 10 local albums of 2006."
-Michael Corcoran - Austin American Statesman
A very strong debut. Eric Hanke wrote all 11 songs, and they're a journeyman's effort throughout. Excellent support from top Austin players illuminating the songs beautifully. Opener "Lonely Road" deals with loneliness in a crowd. No new topic, but Eric's take feels fresh and true. In "The War" a lad deals with his brother being shipped out to Iraq just as the neighbor's boy comes home in a box. "Ride Away" is the last thoughts of one of the Wild West's last surviving outlaws. Fine clean production. -Sing Out! Magazine
"Eric Hanke's Autumn Blues (Ten Foot Texan) is an impressive debut that mixes country and folk in a way that confirms his status as a Native Texan. With a batch of songs almost too evocative to have come from a young songwriter's pen and dynamic production from Merel Bregante, Hanke crafts a sound that falls somewhere between Slaid Cleaves and Bruce Robison and one that's well worth checking out." - Jim Caligiuri - Austin Chronicle
"I am especially taken with his song "The War" and amazed that someone so young can have such a perceptive grasp on the nuances of religion, politics, and life in general. Of course he may be a lot older than he looks in the photos on the album cover and inside, but even if he is ten years older than he looks, he still is half my age, yet he already has had insights and come to conclusions it took me a lot longer to achieve. I reckon some of us are slow learners. That is obviously not the case with Eric Hanke, whose voice and easy delivery sometimes remind me of no one so much as John Prine."
"Eric Hanke...A true singer/songwriter. Autumn Blues takes you on a musical journey that you don't want to end. Eric's genuine voice and deep lyrics seemlessly move from one emotion to another. Eric, thanks for the journey!"
"Following in the Texas singer/songwriter tradition that stretches from Willie Nelson
through Guy Clark and Robert Earl Keen to the late Townes Van Zant...,
Autumn Blues shows promise, indicating that someday Hanke might join that august group of Texas singer/songwriters."
"Strong sense of melody and a pleasing country rock/singer-songwriter feel that is reminiscent of Jackson Browne or James Taylor."
"Nice album. Good songs, solid melodies, fine picking and production. Hey - what's not to like."