Loops, Blues, and Friends

2 03 2010

This year has been eye opening to me so far. I’ve had some events lately in my life that have changed the way I look at my life. Because of this shift in my thinking a lot has changed in the direction I want to take my music, and I’ve been finding that I’m enjoying revisiting my roots in blues music more. I’ve been becoming a regular at a local blues jam every Monday night. It feels great to go and jam out of some of the greats like Robert Johnson, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, and of course B.B. King (who is the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place). If you’ve seen me play at the last couple of shows I’ve done you know it’s currently just me and a loop pedal. I feel like it really makes me hone my skills a bit better, cause since it is just me, I don’t have the option of messing up on stage, and relying on a band to help cover up the mistake. It’s exhilarating. I have been really liking the way that I’m performing with this setup. It makes me feel closer to the audience, and doesn’t give me anything to hide behind. It’s like there’s strength in my vulnerability. I am in the course of getting a license to be a street performer as well, so I look forward to running in to some of you on the mean streets of SLC. And keep in mind, I am available for any event where you might need some good entertainment. Just respond back to this e-mail if you are interested, and we’ll work something out! I hope you will be able to make it out to one of my upcoming shows (for instance this Thursday at Club Elevate) so that we can chat and enjoy great nights with great friends! Thank you all for your amazing support. It has, and always will mean the world to me.

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Congratulations….

13 01 2010

Congratualations to Candice Allred Dudley, the winner of the song/story contest! She’ll be receiving a free EOB merchandise pack, and a song written for her based on the story she submitted to me! Keep checking back as we will be having more contests in the future! Talk to you soon!

-Eric Openshaw

http://www.ericopenshaw.com





Finally, an EOB update

14 12 2009

Keep your eyes out for this message on myspace, facebook, and twitter:

CONTEST ending 1.10.10 Reply @EricOpenshaw or to this status with YOUR song ideas Winner will get a song written for them & EOB merch pack

More on that later….

It’s been way to long since I’ve gotten a chance to get in touch with you. So much has been going on, and I’m bursting at the seams trying to contain all my thoughts about what’s happened in the last few months!

The big news some of you may know by now is that Rob, Tom and I have decided to go our seperate ways with music for the time being! Both of them have been two of the best friends I’ve ever had, and they will continue to be very close friends of mine. Thier musical directions and mine have just changed a lot and I felt that it would be better to intruduce some new members that are with my band for the same reasons I am. It has been really hard for us to go through with this, but in the end I believe it’s for the better. As soon as we start doing some shows (I’m hoping by the beginning of next year) you’ll be able to come meet and mingle with the new fellas I’ve brought in.

As of lately, I have been writing a ridiculous amount of music, and I have been struggling to keep my phone recorder as close as possible to capture the raw thoughts coming out of my head. It’s honestly a bit overwhealming! In my experience as a musician and as a song writer, I don’t believe I’ve ever been this inspired before. However, I feel like I want to be a part of your lives as well. So here’s what I was getting to above. I want to hear your ideas, your stories, and your thoughts that you think might make a good song! This is an opportunity to hear from all of you, and together the winner and I will get the opportunity to make a song, something really amazing, and I hope that it will be somthing that you all enjoy participating in. Start sending me your ideas by e-mail, or by twitter, myspace, or facebook. I want to hear from as many of you as possible! We’ll be giving runner up prizes too! So keep trying, and keep looking for this:

CONTEST ending 1.10.10 Reply @EricOpenshaw or to this status with YOUR song ideas Winner will get a song written for them & EOB merch pack

Good luck to all of you who enter!!!

I hope you all have a wonderfuly happy holiday season!

-Eric Openshaw

ericopenshawband@gmail.com

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http://www.twitter.com/EricOpenshaw
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Hey everyone!

28 11 2009

There’s a lot of new stuff coming soon. I have a lot of news. Soon enough you’ll know. In the meantime, check out this video and while you’re at it subscribe to The EOB on youtube! http://tinyurl.com/yzg8o7z





What’s going on with the EOB? Well…..

13 08 2009

Hey there!

August Is turning out to be a bigger month for the Eric Openshaw Band than I originally anticipated. I had originally planned on having a show or two here and there, but then all of these invitations to play at venues started rolling in. So let’s just go in order. HA! Friday the 14th we got invited back to play at one of our favorite places, Club Allure. We will be headlining the night with our friends American Hollow opening up for us. Those guys are so awesome to take that gig so last minute (they said yes just this past Tuesday!). Admission is completely free if you contact me and have me put you on my guest list! The same weekend we are playing at the Park Silly Market in Park City on the 16th. They originally had us planned for a different day and a tiny stage. Now they’re having us headline! Woah! We’ll be playing a nice acoustic band set.

The next Friday I’m off to Seattle to perform up there solo for about a week and hanging out with my good friend, Joshua Adams and his band. Check them out at: http://www.myspace.com/ace1979. I’ll be playing a festival show, and just having a great time.

Then later in the month I’ll be playing (the day after I get back from Seattle) at the University of Utah on the 27th, the first week of classes. I’m pretty stoked to see all of your awesome faces! And lastly, I’ll be on Utah FM on the 28th hanging out with Daniel Gentry.

I’m stoked that this month worked out so well. For further info, check our calendar at http://www.myspace.com/ericopenshaw

Thomas and Rob will be starting school again here soon, Good for them for staying with it! Rob is staying pretty tight with his solo project which is getting some great recognition. Check it out at http://www.myspace.com/robalvord. Tom is keeping busier than I could ever hope to be playing in about 5 projects simultaneously! What a drive he has! Check him out at http://www.myspace.com/thomassienko.

Currently I’ve been trying to do some work on my guitar amplifier, and I’ve also been doing some really fun projects in my new studio, not my projects…yet. If you, or anyone you know is interested in doing some recording cheap, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I can give you a full list of tech specs. I have top of the line equipment and am willing to sit in on any session you might have.

Let me know when you’d like to check us out this month! I’d love to have you come party it up with us.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting us! We love you more than you can know for it!

-Eric Openshaw
http://www.ericopenshaw.com
http://www.myspace.com/ericopenshaw
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eric-Openshaw-Band/49274127589





July Updates

6 07 2009

I just wanted to give an update about what’s going on with us this July. I recieved some sad news the past week: Rumors went out of business. That means no show on the 16th of July (though it’s not a total loss cause we’re going to see Incubus instead! Who’s with us?!). However, we should still be on for the 17th of July in Boise.

It seems we haven’t played a show for a long while. I really am looking forward to getting out there and doing a few more shows in the next few months. Any suggestions on where to play? We’d love to come to you to play a show. Hell, we’ll even play house partys! We just wanna get ourselves out there as much as possible!

This is also a reminder that we have a contest going on:

The Wiked Air Guitar Solo Contest!

Here are the rules:

1. Each competetor must submit a photo of themselves playing the craziest AIR GUITAR SOLO ever!

2. The photos MUST be over exaggerated! No “I’m serious playing my air guitar solo” pictures.

3. Be creative! Use props, use wigs, use your best friend! Use your best friend in a wig as a prop! It’s all up to you!

4. The best picture will win an autographed copy of the album This Stage signed by the band, and, in addition, will also receive a package of free stuff like t-shirts and posters etc..

5. All contestants will receive a free copy of our album This Stage, so start shooting.

6. SUBMIT ALL PICTURES TO ericopenshawband@gmail.com

CONTEST ENDS AUGUST 1ST!!!!!!!

Again, good luck!

You are so amazing as a fan! We can’t thank you enough! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your amazing support. Without you we wouldn’t be anywhere!

I hope we’ll see you at a show soon!





News and Contest!

18 06 2009
So I must admit, I’ve felt like I’ve been a little lazy lately with giving you updates, but I’m finally getting around to it. Right now we’re starting to get some out of state shows. Which is both good and bad: Bad for some of you cause we’ll be in and out of the state, but good for us cause it will (hopefully) give us a bit of new exposure. I can’t begin to tell you how absolutely excited I am to embark on out of state endeavours. It’s way exciting to really feel like we are progressing as a group, and getting a little exposure outside of the Salt Lake Valley.
Oh, and a side note, I’ve just put together a new studio, so expect some new material soon. 😉 And we may possibly have a live album available here in a bit for, oh, I dunno, FREE!
 
 
So, because we may be all over the place here soon, and you may not be able to come, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A CONTEST:
The rules are simple:
1. Each competetor must submit a photo of themselves playing the craziest AIR GUITAR SOLO ever!
 2. The photos MUST be over exaggerated! No “I’m serious playing my air guitar solo” pictures.
3. Be creative! Use props, use wigs, use your best friend! Use your best friend in a wig as a prop! It’s all up to you!
4. The best picture will win an autographed copy of the album This Stage signed by the band, and, in addition, will also receive a package of free stuff like t-shirts and posters etc..
5. All contestants will receive a free copy of our album This Stage, so start shooting.
6. SUBMIT ALL PICTURES TO ericopenshawband@gmail.com
 
 
Good luck!
And as always, thanks so much for your great support!
-Eric Openshaw