Eric is an award-winning songwriter based in Austin Texas.
With a quick wit and controlled-intensity Bettencourt brings his live shows to life using an expansive catalog of original crowd-pleasing songs. Where so many artists are content recycling the same old sounds and songs Bettencourt is one of the rare few able to forge his own. Utilizing his piano-like 6 &12 string finger-style guitar work and a natural vocal delivery, somewhere between Ray LaMontagne and Robert Plant, he never lingers long in any one sound. Constantly blending, bending, and stretching different genres and styles into his multi-layered musical concoctions is what continues to gain him fans all around the country.
Eric got his musical start in the beautiful coastal city of Portland, Maine where his unique sound garnered him a strong fan-base and consistent FM radio play. It's here that he shared the stage with notable acts such as Grace Potter and the The Wood Brothers.
In five short years Bettencourt released four full-length albums and two EP's; that's well over 50 songs not counting the unofficial demos, live cuts, and B-sides he regularly doles out to his mailing list subscribers. "An Underwater Dream", his latest release (4/2014), has continued to get great reviews and open many doors in Austin where he is regularly playing some of the best songwriter venues the city has to offer.
Currently Eric is writing, touring, booking, practicing, recording, promoting and playing shows. Sometimes he has time to read books.
Ben Balmer’s business cards read Ben Balmer. Musician. Performer. All-around nice guy. There are few better words to describe someone who lives to jam while brightening people’s days with honest and compassionate music.
Born in the Detroit area of Michigan, Ben Balmer grew up singing along to his Dad’s old Motown and Chicago blues records as early as age 4. He started playing harmonica by 13, and was performing on guitar by 17. During high school, Ben became the lead singer and harmonica player in Ann Arbor indie-rock band Comatose Collin. Despite being the band’s youngest member, Ben’s “soulfully sweet” voice (as described by Detroit Metro Times) touched audiences with his surprisingly reflective and exposing lyrics.
By 2006, Ben Balmer’s song-writing skills landed him in Moscow, Russia when the University of Michigan hired him to write music for a theater production performed at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival. In 2008, Ben Balmer set out with his steel guitar and harmonica to pursue a solo career. In true musicianship, Ben cut his teeth as a performer while living out of his car and performing on the streets in the Southwest. He then shared a room with his 3 bandmates during a month-long tour in Tokyo, Japan. Since those street-performance days, Ben now makes his home in Austin, Texas and has played everywhere from Seattle and Vancouver to New York and Delaware, in venues ranging from seedy to suave.
Influenced by Paul Butterfield, Fiona Apple, Elliot Smith, Aretha Franklin, and Tom Waits, Ben Balmer’s songs seamlessly cover a mix of genres, from singer/songwriter to soul to indie rock. His blues harmonica and rootsy fingerpicking showcase songs of the most innate human emotions: the innocence of young love, the loneliness of travel and the dark sides of faith and addiction. According to Verde News, Ben’s lyrics “speak of the road, love, little joys and what seem almost like reworked parables of the way the world works.”calls his vocal work “charismatic,” describing how Ben adjusts to the feel of each song, “and as such, becomes not the feature of the song, but a true part of the music.”
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