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Eric McFadden at the Viper Room in Los Angeles, California, 2007
|Birth name||Eric Byron McFadden|
|Born||December 1, 1965|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Alternative rock, rock, funk, blues, Americana|
|Instruments||Guitar, mandolin, vocals|
|Associated acts||T.E.N. (Thomas Pridgen, Eric McFadden, Norwood Fisher), Tasty Face (Angelo Moore, Eric McFadden, Queen delphine), Eric Burdon & The Animals, Stockholm Syndrome, PFunk/George Clinton, Eric McFadden Trio, IZM, Anders Osborne, Alien Lovestock, Eric McFadden Experience, Faraway Brothers, Sons of Crack Daniels, Holy Smokes, Liar, Angry Babies|
Eric McFadden (born December 1, 1965) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter from San Francisco.
He spent his formative years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, receiving lessons from Stanton Hirsch. During his mid-teens, he moved to Syracuse, New York, where he studied jazz guitar. He spent time in Spain studying flamenco and in interviews has expressed interest in Gypsy music.
McFadden played in a number of bands in Albuquerque, 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 moving to San Francisco, he gained notoriety as lead singer and guitarist for the band Liar, which originated in 1994. Liar's debut album Devil Dog Road and follow-up album Gone Too Far received acclaim with both fans and critics. Liar won the SF Weekly Music Award (Wammie) in 1997 and BAM magazine's California Music Awards in 1998. Paulo Baldi, who was the drummer for Liar, also joined McFadden in the band Alien Lovestock, which was self-described as "chili-powered, hard rockin', avant-funk, Latin, surreal-desert groove."
McFadden toured extensively between 2002-2010 with his trio, EMT, which features bassist, James Whiton and a revolving cast of drummers such as Jeff Cohen, Paulo Baldi, and Kevin Carnes.
Other credits include three years as guitarist and mandolinist for George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars. In 2004, McFadden joined Stockholm Syndrome with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, singer-guitarist Jerry Joseph and drummer Wally Ingram. In 2005–2007, with Wally Ingram he joined Eric Burdon and the Animals and toured Europe, Canada, the U.S., and Australia. In January 2013, he was again on tour with Eric Burdon through the summer of 2014. Since 2015, McFadden has been primary guitarist for New Orlean's artist, Anders Osborne. McFadden is also touring and recording with his new supergroup, T.E.N. (Thomas Pridgen, Eric McFadden, Norwood Fisher), and Tasty Face with legendary Fishbone frontman, Angelo Moore, and McFadden's wife, Queen delphine (delphine de St. Paër).
McFadden has worked with 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, among many others.
He has released several albums through the French label Bad Reputation, including "Dementia" and "Pull a Rabbit out of it's Hat, Tribute Vol 2" on which McFadden pays homage to his favorite artists. In 2009, he released "Delicate Thing" and "Train to Salvation", also on Bad Reputation. Hisalbum, "Bluebird on Fire", was released in 2011 by both Bad Reputation in Europe and by phYne Entertainment in the U.S. This release features Norwood Fisher, Dave Catching, Dave Schools, Paulo Baldi, Victor DeLorenzo, Abby Travis, and Wally Ingram. In 2011, phYne Entertainment released a compilation by McFadden entitled, "Inside Out", which included four previously unreleased tracks. McFadden's Faraway Brothers album, "Hand Me That Cow", was released by phYne Entertainment in Fall 2012. The debut release from T.E.N., is due out in 2018.
McFadden has become more involved with altruistic endeavors. Alongside delphine de St. Paër, Eric McFadden founded a non-profit program called We Are 10 Star! that creates avenues for musicians and artists to work with underprivileged youth. "We Are 10 Star!" has visited schools, detention centers, teen homeless shelters, and provides creative outlets and support to those in need. In 2013, McFadden & de St. Paër, took over producing the annual San Francisco Strummerville benefit which raises money to provide resources and performance opportunities for artists who would not normally have access to them.
- 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