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Wood, Wires & Bone

by Eric Madis

Innovative acoustic guitar instrumentals influenced by blues, Hawaiian slack-key, classical, country and jazz.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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2. 8:15 to Bloomington
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3. North Wes
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4. Tutonian Rag
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5. Aspire to Inspire
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6. Swimming in the Sound
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7. Third Step
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8. La 'Ela 'E
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Eric Madis began his musical journey during the early 1960s, a journey that has taken him from coffeehouses, to the blues clubs of Chicago, to the honky-tonks of Dallas, to clubs, concerts and recording studios of the Rocky Mountain West and Pacific Northwest.

As a soloist and a bandleader, Eric has developed both his acoustic music and his electric ensemble music to a high level in a lifelong commitment to excellence and mastery. He has also worked as an accompanist to numerous recording artists, from (Chicago blues greats) Big Walter Horton and Sunnyland Slim, to Hawaiian greats Irmgaard Aluli, Kekua Fernandes and Bill Tapia, to many of the Pacific Northwest's finest blues, swing and jazz artists.

Eric has been a studio musician since 1979, appearing on numerous recordings and composing music for film soundtracks. He was a finalist in the New Folk Awards at the 1981 Kerrville National Folk Festival and a finalist in the 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz competition. He has received 16 nominations from the Washington Blues Society for best acoustic guitar, best recording, best group and best writer.

As a respected guitar instructor and ethnomusicologist since 1975, Eric has guest lectured at the University of Illinois and has taught numerous workshops at University of Washington's Experimental College, Denver Free University, NW Folklife Festival and Dusty Strings Music. He is currently on the faculty of the National Guitar Workshop.

Eric has released five recordings: Nine Shades of Blue (1991), Traveling Light (1997), Third Step (2002), Wood, Wires & Bone (2003), and The Dues Will Never Be Paid in Full (2009), which have received numerous nominations, enthusiastic publication reviews and airplay on Pacific Northwest radio stations.

Eric's acoustic guitar instrumentals have consistently been among people's favorite tunes on his recordings, regardless of fans' individual musical preferences. These instrumental compositions are a true representation of Eric's musicianship, since they reflect his tendency to create and innovate with the skills that he has acquired from his years of studying traditional musical styles.



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Mike Buchman

One of the most enjoyable new guitar instrumental albums I've heard
On Wood, Wires and Bone, (Madis) offers up a tasty dozen original instrumental compositions that showcase his superb compositional skills and guitar chops through a wide range of genres and techniques...Overall, I'd rate this one of the most enjoyable new guitar instrumental albums I've heard in a long while.

Flibbert Goosty

Guitar music that makes you feel good!
Although Eric Madis is a master of the guitar, he is also (and perhaps most importantly) a student. And as such, he chooses to examine not just one style of the guitar, but rather all styles. In fact, Madis shows such amazing versatility on his instrument that when listening to this CD you can almost hear the history of the American guitar experience unfold before your very ears. Eric Madis traverses styles ranging from eighteenth century folk to ragtime, blues, jazz, latin and beyond, all with apparent ease and fluency. Madis is primarily heard on acoustic guitar- his tone bright and infusive and his intonation perfect. If you're looking for a CD that's all-guitar, look no further than Wood, Wires, and Bone.