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Eric McFadden / Bio

A virtuoso of the six-string, Eric McFadden has been amazing audiences internationally for years. His command of so many genres is accentuated with meticulously crafted songs that span numerous genres. Eric is a veteran of such celebrated west coast bands as EMT, Stockholm Syndrome, Faraway Brothers, Alien Lovestock, Angry Babies, IZM, and the Eric McFadden Experience. McFadden has recorded several independently produced solo and band albums, many of which are regarded as underground masterworks by fans and critics alike. On his 1996 solo debut “Who’s Laughing Now,” McFadden unleashed his macabre carnival gypsy-voodoo blues and Spanish-inflected rock sensibilities on an unsuspecting public. In the years since, Eric has recorded and released several albums on such labels as Terminus (Atlanta), Fortune (San Francisco), Bad Reputation (Paris), Response (USA) and phYne Entertainment (USA).

For over 3 years, Eric toured the world as mandolinist/guitarist with Funk legend George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic and continues to collaborate with Clinton on outside projects. He has spent some years touring the world with Eric Burdon & The Animals, and is featured on Burdon’s new record.

Eric has also collaborated on stage and/or in the studio with the regal likes of Bo Diddley, blues troubadour Keb Mo’, prog-metalists Living Colour, Clash frontman Joe Strummer, Avant-punk jazz great Nels Cline (Wilco), Primus mastermind Les Claypool, Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli, drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and bassist George Porter jr.,Master songsmith Pat MacDonald, experimental country punk pioneer Carla Bozulich, Joe Santiago and Dave Lovering of The Pixies, Widespread panic, Jackson Browne, Punk legend Mike Watt (Minutemen), The Reverend Horton Heat, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Fishbone, Galactic, Anders Osborne, Eagles of Death Metal, North Mississippi All-stars and others.

Eric is also a member of supergroup, Stockholm Syndrome, which also includes notable players such as Dave Schools, Jerry Joseph, Wally Ingram and Danny Louis.

Eric continues to tour internationally both solo and with his primary band, The Eric McFadden Trio, which features bass phenomenon James Whiton (Tom Waits) and rotating cast of drummers including the great Paulo Baldi (Cake, Les Claypool).

Eric’s 2011 release, “Bluebird on Fire”, has received much acclaim, including a 5 star review in Crossroads Magazine. The latest Eric McFadden release, “Inside Out”, is a 15 song compilation released by phYne Entertainment, which includes 4 previously unreleased tracks.

Eric's latest project is The Supergroup, "TEN". Featuring Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta) on drums, Eric McFadden on guitars and Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) on bass. Debut full-lenght-release will drop in the winter of 2015.


"If San Francisco is home to anyone approaching the abilities of a modern Hendrix, it’s Eric McFadden." (Jimmy Leslie / Guitar Player Magazine 2009)

"...I found myself struck mightily by the big soul inside Eric McFadden. His singing and playing are as good as it gets, full of power and awe inspiring expertise..." Dennis Cook / Jambase 2009

"...McFadden is a six string virtuoso. His command of so many genres- is accentuated with meticulously crafted songs. There's the poppy twist on traditional psychadelia. Poetic yet sinisterly distorted punk. Rowdy rockabilly. Dark, foreboding grunge.
His melodies hinge on seriously catchy choruses that resonate thanks to a crunchy baritone reminiscent of Tom Waits or the late Mark Sandman of Morphine..." (The Denver Post, December 2009 concert review)

"The Eric McFadden Trio's Joy of Suffering gets my vote as the best and most original guitar recording of the year so far". (Jimmy Leslie / Guitar Player Magazine 2005)

"McFadden is a master of guitar and mandolin, a 25 year veteran who waltzes the dark, eerie corridors between Jimi Hendrix and Django Reinhardt..." ( Jonathan Zwickel -San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 2004)

"...Part raging rock star, part flamenco gypsy, McFadden is one of the most talented musicians in San Francisco today, bar none. Whenever he steps into the spotlight, McFadden turns up the energy level a few notches, and the unexpected becomes the norm." - (Andy Tennille / Jambase 2007)

"...This kindred spirit to Tom Waits and Nick Cave is spittin' some smoky, dark, americana gypsy-blues for the hopeless and undecided...This is one artist with an unflinching command of his muse; highly recommended."
(Derek Sivers - President, CD Baby, April, 2003)

General Info

Band Members
Thomas Pridgen - Drums, Norwood Fisher - Bass, Doug Wimbish - Bass, Eric McFadden - Bass
Artist Name
Eric McFadden
Profile Page
Rock / Alternative / Blues

Contact Info

Los Angeles, CA
phYne entertainment

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