Often billed as an acoustic jazz guitarist, Eric Skye actually occupies a unique niche between traditional acoustic music, modal jazz, folk, and blues. With a technical approach that is somewhat informed by studying classical guitar reluctantly in middle school, being obsessed with Jimmy Page, bluesy jazz guitarists like Kenny Burrell and Grant Green, as well as being exposed to the “California style” of solo guitar playing from the Windham Hill label that was happening around him as a young person in the Bay Area. Later in life Skye became interested in Europe’s ECM label’s sound, with artist like Ralph Towner. And is currently very interested in the “New Traditional” music scene going on in New England today with young bluegrass players exploring a mix of folk and classical music with improvisational spirit. A lifetime of electric interests has led Eric Skye to have a fully realized and identifiable original style and sound. A wide-ranging style that is all threaded together with a healthy respect for the groove, and a passion for up close, uncluttered, and unadulterated 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.
Eric Skye offers private online lessons via Skype or FaceTime for those wishing to have a live, one on one session, from any where in the world, via high-speed internet connection.
Eric teaches private lessons in a relaxed home office setting in beautiful Northeast Portland Oregon. He offers regular weekly lessons for those in the area, and one-off intensives for those traveling through the Pacific Northwest.
Eric has given workshops and clinics across the United States at universities, guitar societies, guitar camps, music stores, guitar festivals, and private homes. See contact info below to inquire about bringing him to your area.
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