Eric Madis is an American recording artist known for his mastery of acoustic, electric and slide guitars, soulful vocals, dynamic ensemble arrangements of blues and jazz classics, and original acoustic compositions. The latter defy categorization and combine blues logic and harmony with ethnic folk styles, jazz, classical and rock. He is also an internationally recognized guitar instructor.
Eric grew up surrounded by music, from The Sons of the Pioneers to Broadway show tunes to the operas of Puccini and Verdi. His mother, opera singer 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 for hundreds of youths at a Denver theatre. Eric and singer-guitarist Steve Simmons formed the Phynx of Babylon in 1966, playing 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. There he learned from his association with Chicago blues artists, including Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush and Big Walter Horton. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1975, Eric pursued a musical career, playing as a solo artist, with Gutbucket and the Madis-Johnson Band (blues), Open Road and Sangamon (southern rock), Pat Burton (bluegrass) and Illinois senior fiddle champion Halbert Thornberry (old time country and swing), as well repairing/building instruments for Rosewood Guitar Shop and teaching guitar.
Eric lived in Dallas 1979-1981, where he began doing recording session work, performing with Deacon Jones, Willie Willis, Craig Wallace and Faded Red, and was a 1981 Kerrville Festival New Folk finalist. Eric then lived in Denver 1981-1984, where he led the groups Ukiah and Don't Go No Further, played an extended solo acoustic engagement at the Mercury Cafe and taught blues guitar at Denver Free University.
Since relocating to Seattle in 1984, Eric has continued as a solo act, leading groups (Blue Madness, Eric Madis Trio, BluesCast) and has performed with Robben Ford, Paul Anastasio, Little Bill Englehart, Steve Bailey, Paul Green, Mark Dufresne, Pete Martin, Ryan Burns, Steve Luceno, Mike Lynch, Grant Dermody, Runaway Train and poet/author Nikki Grimes. Eric played with Hawaii's iconic Farden Family (Emma Sharpe, Irmgard Aluli, Kekua Fernandez) in their last mainland tour, with Hawaiian jazz ukulele legend Bill Tapia and has opened concerts for Robben Ford, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, James Cotton, Hawkeye Herman and others.
Eric's music has appeared on four film soundtracks and his five Luna Records CDs have received excellent reviews, nominations from NAMA and Washington Blues Society (WBS) and daily airplay at SeaTac Airport. He was a finalist in Guitar World's 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz competition and has received 20 Best Blues nominations from WBS. 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 Music School and JamPlay.com.
|The music of Luna Records artist Eric Madis reflects his experience in blues, jazz, country, rock, Hawaiian and classical music and has appeared on film soundtracks, television and radio. Although best known for solo and group work, Eric's guitar artistry has appeared on numerous recordings and he has performed with a range of artists, including Chicago blues harmonica great Big Walter Horton, Hawaii's iconic 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 throughout the US and Canada, currently teaches for Dusty Strings Music School and his online guitar lessons with JamPlay.com are popular worldwide.|
|Luna Records recording artist Eric Madis, known for stylistic diversity and guitar virtuosity, has received acclaim from Washington Blues Society, NAMA, KPLU-FM, KBCS-FM, Kerrville Folk Festival 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.|