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Like protagonists from some epic western novel, the Eric McFadden Trio arrives on the contemporary music scene preceded by anxious rumors and curious anticipation. A veteran of celebrated underground bands including Liar, the Eric McFadden Experience, Alien Lovestock and IZM, Eric McFadden's sinister songs, vampiric vocals and flamenco-rock guitar improvisations have made him an icon along America's western seaboard, Southwest and parts of Europe. Lest you dismiss the preceding as absurd hyperbole, consider the fact that McFadden has performed and recorded with the lordly likes of Bo Diddley, the late Joe Strummer, Widespread Panic, psychobilly rockers The Reverend Horton Heat, blues troubadour Keb Mo', Rolling Stone Ron Wood, Primus kahuna Les Claypool and others. In 2000, McFadden was recruited as a touring member of George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars. Later, Eric was recruited by Eric Burdon to tour the world with the Animals in 2006-2007.
McFadden has teamed with acoustic bassist James Whiton (Tom Waits) and revolving cast of drummers including Paulo Baldi (Cake, Les Claypool), Doug Port, Jeff Cohen, and Kevin Carnes (Broun Fellinis) to form a trio whose electro-acoustic sound, impressionistic songs and virtuoso antics suggest an obscenely voluptuous hybrid of the Clash, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Black Sabbath, Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt and spaghetti western composer Sergio Leone.
In James Whiton (Tom Waits), McFadden has found an ideal musical foil. Performing on amplified acoustic double bass, Whiton employs techniques thoroughly unique to the instrument -- percussive slaps, bowed flourishes reminiscent of a string orchestra, and electronic effects like wah, distortion and synth pedals. Drummer Jeff Cohen reconciles blistering rock rhythms with a sensitivity and feel honed on stages with some of the country’s finest musicians. At the center of this elegant musical equation is McFadden himself.