Eric Madis is a Pacific Northwest recording artist and internationally recognized guitar instructor known for his musical diversity, mastery of acoustic, electric and slide guitars and his warm and energetic vocals. His acoustic music blends Piedmont and Delta blues, jazz, country, and Hawaiian music. His ensemble music blends his Chicago and Texas blues experience with arrangements influenced by Count Basie and Duke Ellington big bands and contemporary groups such as the Allman Brothers Band, the Mothers of Invention and the Pat Metheny Group.
Eric grew up surrounded by music, from Sons of the Pioneers cowboy songs to Broadway show tunes to the operas of Puccini and Verdi. His mother, an opera singer named Isabelle Bellis, had Eric start piano lessons at the age of 9. Eric took up guitar at the age of 10, inspired by guitarist Grady Martin with Marty Robbins, and that same year performed "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" for hundreds of youths at a Denver theatre. His first band the Phynx of Babylon, formed in 1966 and co-led by singer-guitarist Steve Simmons, played music of the Byrds and other sixties folk-rock.
Eric's family moved to Chicago in 1969, where he began performing in coffeehouses and later the blues clubs. Here he learned from watching many Chicago blues greats and performing with some, most notably Big Walter Horton. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1975, Eric pursued a music career, playing as a solo artist, leading the groups Open Road and the Madis-Johnson Band, accompanying bluegrass musician Pat Burton and Illinois State Senior Fiddle Champion Halbert Thornberry, teaching guitar and repairing instruments.
Eric lived in Dallas from 1979 to 1981, doing recording session work and performing with Faded Red, Deacon Jones, Willie Willis and Craig Wallace. He was a New Folk finalist at the 1981 Kerrville National Folk Festival. Eric then lived in Denver from 1981 to 1984, where he led Ukiah and Don't Go No Further, did an extended solo acoustic gig at the Mercury Cafe and taught blues guitar at Denver Free University.
Since relocating to Seattle in 1984, Eric has led the Eric Madis Trio/Quartet, Blue Madness, the BluesCast, and has worked with many Pacific Northwest blues, swing and jazz artists: Swingmatism, Runaway Train, Paul Anastasio, Pete Martin, Little Bill Englehart, Elliott Bay Trio, Smokestack Lightnin', Ryan Burns, Steve Luceno, Steve Bailey, Mike Lynch, Mark DuFresne, Paul Green and Grant Dermody. Eric played with Hawaii's iconic Farden Family in their last mainland tour and with Hawaiian jazz ukulele legend Bill Tapia, as well as opening concerts for Robben Ford, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, James Cotton, Hawkeye Herman and others.
Eric's five CDs on Luna Records have received excellent reviews, international airplay and nominations from NAMA and Washington Blues Society (WBS). He has received 18 Best Blues nominations from WBS, his music has appeared on five film soundtracks, and he was a finalist in the 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz competition sponsored by Guitar World Magazine. A respected guitar instructor since 1976, Eric has taught for the National Guitar Workshop, Canada's Guitar Workshop Plus, Northwest Folklife, University of Washington Experimental College, Denver Free University, Dusty Strings and JamPlay.com.
|The music of guitarist-singer-composer Eric Madis reflects his diverse and deep roots in American music: blues, jazz, country and Hawaiian. Eric has released five CD's on Luna Records, and his music has appeared on film soundtracks, television and radio. Although best known for his solo and group work, Eric's guitar artistry has appeared on numerous recordings and he has performed with a diversity of recording artists, including Chicago bluesman Big Walter Horton, Hawaii's Fabulous Farden Family, ukulele virtuoso Bill Tapia, swing violinist Paul Anastasio and poet-author Nicki Grimes. Eric was a 1981 Kerrville Festival New Folk finalist, a 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz finalist and has received multiple award nominations from Washington Blues Society and Northwest Area Music Association. Eric has taught guitar classes throughout the US and Canada, currently teaches for Dusty Strings Music School in Seattle and his online guitar lessons with JamPlay.com are popular worldwide.|
|Guitarist/vocalist/composer Eric Madis, known for stylistic diversity and guitar virtuosity, has received acclaim from NAMA, Washington Blues Society, KPLU-FM, KBCS-FM, Kerrville Folk Festival, Seattle Guitar Starz Competition and Northwest Folklife. Besides his work as a soloist and bandleader, Eric has composed music for film and television and has worked with artists as diverse as Chicago Blues great Big Walter Horton, Hawaii's Farden Family, jazz ukulele virtuoso Bill Tapia, swing violinist Paul Anastasio and poet-author Nicki Grimes.|