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|Birth name||Eric Byron McFadden|
|Origin||San Francisco, California|
|Genres||Alternative, Rock, Punk-Funk, Gypsy-Voodoo-Blues, Americana|
|Instruments||Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals|
|Associated acts||TEN (Thomas Pridgen, Eric McFadden, Norwood Fisher)
Eric Burdon & The Animals
Eric McFadden Trio
Eric McFadden Experience
Sons of Crack Daniels
Reviews note McFadden's guitar virtuosity, distinctly melodic songwriting and "rich, deep" vocal tone. His recordings and performances are cross genre and his lyrics often express an interest in the macabre side of life and love.
He spent his formative years in Albuquerque, NM, receiving lessons from Stanton Hirsch among others. During his mid-teens, he moved to Syracuse, NY where he acquired a considerable amount of knowledge in jazz guitar techniques. McFadden has also spent time in Spain studying flamenco techniques and in interviews has expressed interest in Gypsy music. McFadden played in a number of influential bands in the Albuquerque area, most notably the Angry Babies, a punk rock/heavy metal three piece band that toured along the west coast and released three albums in limited runs. After relocating to San Francisco, he gained notoriety as lead singer and guitarist for the band Liar, which originated in 1994 including original members Paulo Baldi (Cake, Les Claypool), Marisa Martinez and Paula O'Rourke. Liar's debut release Devil Dog Road and follow up album Gone Too Far received much acclaim among both fans and critics. Liar won the SF Weekly Music Award (Wammie) in 1997 and Bam Magazine's California Music Awards in 1998. Baldi also joined him, alongside Anton Kozikowski on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Charles Gasper on bass, in Alien Lovestock. Self-described as "chili-powered, hard rockin', avant-funk, Latin, surreal-desert groove." Eric toured extensively between 2002-2010 with his trio, EMT, which features bassist, James Whiton (Tom Waits) and such drummers as Paulo Baldi, Jeff Anthony, Kevin Carnes, Doug Port and Jeff Cohen.
Other credits include three years as guitarist and mandolinist for George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars. In 2004 he joined Stockholm Syndrome with bassist Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), singer-guitarist, Jerry Joseph and drummer Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, Jackson Browne). In 2005-2007, along with Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, Jackson Browne) Eric joined Eric Burdon and the Animals, and toured Europe, Canada, the USA and Australia. In addition, Eric has performed and recorded with a variety of renowned musicians over the years including Les Claypool, Joe Strummer, The Reverend Horton Heat, The Coup, Galactic, Keb Mo, Bernie Worrell, Pat MacDonald, Fishbone, Widespread Panic, Jackson Browne, Nels Cline and Mike Watt. Beginning in January 2013, Eric McFadden is again on tour with Eric Burdon and the Animals. He is also touring and recording with his new supergroup, TEN (Thomas Pridgen, Eric McFadden, Norwood Fisher).
McFadden has released several albums through the French label, Bad Reputation, including "Dementia" in 2006 and Let's Die Forever... Together May 2007. In 2009, also on Bad Reputation, McFadden released "Delicate Thing" and "Train To Salvation." His latest release, "Bluebird on Fire" was released in 2011 by both Bad Reputation in Europe and by phYne Entertainment, in the USA. This release features such players as Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Dave Catching (Queens of the Stone Age, EODM), Dave Schools, Paulo Baldi, Victor DeLorenzo (Violent Femmes), Abby Travis and other greats. In 2011, phYne Entertainment released a compilation for Eric McFadden entitled, "Inside Out", which included four previously unreleased tracks. His latest Faraway Brothers album, "Hand me that Cow" was released by phYne Entertainment in Fall 2012. The debut release from TEN, is due out in the Spring of 2014.
- Eric McFadden’s Multi-Colored Iconoclastic Gypsy Soul Jimmy Leslie, GuitarPlayer.com, May 2006 Retrieved July 26, 2007
- "INTERVIEW: Funky trio suffers the joy of music," Abel Horwitz, Daily Lobo, Albuquerque, N.M., October 20, 2005
- Eric McFadden Trio Joy of Suffering Dave Pehling, SFWeekly.com, January 18, 2006 July 26, 2007
- Eric McFadden's got an ax to grind. Silke Tudor, SFWeekly.com, August 11, 2004 Retrieved July 26, 2007