Piano was Eric's first instrument. After studying guitar in Madrid, he spent a year performing on the streets and in the cafés of Europe (he can sing songs in five languages and speaks Spanish and French). Eric then moved to Greenwich Village and quickly became a staple on the vicious Village bar scene for five years as he honed his craft as an original singer/songwriter, and began pulling attention from some of the world's toughest audiences. PA disc jockey Otto Bost wrote, "Eric is a writer who has mastered many styles, and his songs are as varied as the people of New York...The thread that holds them together is the solid craftsmanship of a young men with a pen in his hand, and an intriguingly offbeat view of the world." Fans and music journalists have tried to describe an Eric Schwartz show. Some talk about Eric's gorgeous voice with its baritone-to-Bee-Gees vocal range, the intelligent way in which he uses satire and irony to convey a message, or the tremendous energy and personality he infuses into every show.
But most will add, "You'll just have to experience it for yourself.' It should also be noted that he's played the Kerrville Folk Festival three years running. "It's been one of the very best things in my life, that festival in the hill country of Texas. I've had fantastic artists joining me to fill out the sound: Freebo, Jack Williams, Stephanie Corby, Kristin DeWitt, Oliver Steck, Kevin So, and Eric Gerber to name but a few. And this year, I had the honor of serving as a Judge in the New Folk competition there, which was tough, considering that all the participants were excellent.
I got to sit next to Texas superstars Slaid Cleaves and Ruthie Foster, and get heckled from the stage by Steve Gillette" Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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