Pacific Northwest acoustic guitarist, Eric Skye, occupies a unique niche between folk, jazz and blues. A lifetime of electric interests and adventuresome exploration culminating in a simple, fully realized and identifiable sound and style. Whether it’s the June Apple album of traditional flatpicking old-time tunes with mandolinist, Tim Connell, or the recent duo work with guitarist, Jamie Stillway, performing original reels, waltzes and jigs. Or Skye’s acclaimed album, A Different Kind of Blue -a solo guitar reimagining of the entire seminal Miles Davis album, Kind Of Blue. Or the improvisational duo album, Artifact, with longtime Jackson Browne guitarist, Mark Goldenberg, or the solo album of standards and original jazz/blues tunes, Ballads and Blues.. It’s a wide-ranging body of work, all threaded together with an uncluttered minimalist’s aesthetic, a passion for in-the-moment music making, and a love of pure acoustic tone.
Eric Skye has performed live on morning television for NBC and FOX, has been featured on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and performed on many live radio broadcasts all over the United States. Skye has been featured in magazines such as Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, Fretboard Journal, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar World, Jazziz, Jazz Improv, 20th Century Guitar, Acoustic (UK), Akustik Gitarree (Germany), The Guitar Note, The Guitar Bench, and was on the cover of Acoustic Guitar in China.
Eric has played all over the United States, including such notable venues as Yoshi’s in San Francisco, Club Passim in Boston, The Freight And Salvage in Berkeley, the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland Oregon. Plus he is a regular at the NAMM shows in both Los Angeles and Nashville. Skye has played at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, the Fretboard Journal Summit, and other guitar festivals and gatherings. In 2011 Eric was bestowed the rare honor of having the renowned Santa Cruz Guitar Company release a signature model guitar, the 00-skye which has gone on to become one of the company’s best selling guitars.
Eric Skye’s latest album is Ballads and Blues, released in October of 2018. It is a collection solo jazz and blues standards, plus three originals pieces, played in one sitting on acoustic guitar. Skye’s previous release, from 2015, June Apple, a collection of early American fiddle tunes arranged by Eric for guitar and mandolin. The album features Skye in his alter ego as old-time flatpicking guitarist, along with the masterful mandolin work of Tim Connell. Also released in 2015 was the acoustic guitar duo album, Artifact, with Los Angeles based Mark Goldenberg, who was a longtime guitarist for Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, and many more. This album features eight original, highly improvisational genre-bending guitar pieces recorded all in one take in Los Angeles. Skye’s 2012 solo guitar release, A Different Kind Of Blue -a solo acoustic guitar re-imagining of the entire iconic Miles Davis record Kind Of Blue– was acknowledged by the Miles Davis estate and named in Acoustic Guitar magazine’s top ten albums of 2012.
Skye also has four previous releases that are currently out of print. In 2011 Eric Skye also releases a performance DVD tittle On The Sonoma Coast. In 2010 Skye released Slow Moving Dog, an acoustic groove album featuring Eric’s small 00 sized acoustic guitar, accompanied by upright bass and drums. Eric first two records were solo steelstring acoustic jazz guitar. For Lulu was a collection of improvisational solo standards, plus a few well-received originals. Eric’s first album, Acoustic Jazz Guitar Solos, was signed to a jazz label and distributed throughout the United States, selling well, and receiving much airplay and critical acclaim.
Eric Skye plays all over the United States in venues, house concerts, and workshops. For more info and a current listing of upcoming events, click below.
Chances are good you have no shortage of books, YouTube pages bookmarked, pages of tablature and scale patterns.. but maybe have trouble just putting it all together into actual satisfying music making. In addition to always being happy to answer all questions about his approach to arranging, writing tunes, improvisation, theory and technique, gear, recording, etc, Eric also coaches students as an objective outside observer, with professional insight to help in establishing direction, goal-setting, structuring time.. Always from the angle of simplifying, of working in a deeper, more undistracted and productive way. Always with the goal of getting just a little further down road to finding your own voice each day.
Eric Skye offers private online sessions via Zoom for those wishing to have a live, one-on-one lesson from anywhere in the world. Eric teaches private lessons in a relaxed home-office setting in beautiful Northeast Portland, Oregon, as well as longer one-off sessions for those traveling through the Pacific Northwest. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org