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Eric Sardinas

The term "blues-rock" brings with it a connotation of a blues artist "selling out" in order to make more money or a rock band blaring heavy riffs with a thinly veiled strain of blues. A worse offense is that many of these rock artists have little or no knowledge of the blues in its historical context or its mythological roots.

That is certainly not true in the case of Eric Sardinas. At six, his first love was Delta blues, as it "was the thrill of hearing one person playing the guitar and generating the energy of five - I loved the sheer strength and heart of a single player." Just as unusual was citing his first influences as Barbecue Bob, Charley Patton, and Bukka White, then Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and Big Bill Broonzy. He exclusively concentrates on slide guitar, employing his cherished Dobros, some that are customized to play by Edison's power. Sardinas listens to 78s, then couples these influences with modern sounds.

He moved around the country, landing in Los Angeles in 1990. Like the early blues folk, he played acoustic for a living on the street, then formed the Eric Sardinas Project (ESP) by hooking up with bassist Paul Loranger at a jam session. Loranger had the ideal sound that Sardinas wanted, a bassist who had exceptional playing ability on upright and electric and could work the upright in a blues-rock context. Two years later, drummer Scott Palacios joined them. It took ESP six years of experience of performing nearly 300 shows annually, playing from acoustic gigs in coffeehouses to sharing the bill with rock bands at Hollywood clubs. Musical-instrument companies sent them gigging at showcase concerts, which led the band to a gig as the opening act for a West Coast swing of a Johnny Winter's tour. Word got around, receiving the attention of Evidence Records. Blues discoverer Dick Shurman produced Sardinas' 1999 debut, Treat Me Right. In 2000, Sardinas released a three-song single spotlighting his burning take on J.B. Hutto's "Angel Face." Devil's Train, his second full-length album, followed in 2001 and featured more of Sardinas' trademark blues-rock.~ Char Ham, Rovi
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This was about 15 + years ago.
I used to work the door at a place upstairs across from the Huntington Beach pier and got to hear Eric kill that Dobro weekly. Super talented guy like a hyper Jeff beck at times but tons of finesse. Oh and drove a evil black 59 Cadillac. Dang !!!
Saw Eric Sardinas for the first time in St. Pete, Florida at the Tampa Bay Blues fest several years ago. It was an awesome show. Been a fan ever since.
sgknecht99
i remember this cat back in the early 90's straight out of south florida and playin little dive biker joints like...La Vida Roadhouse in So. Cal. Fun Days. Caught em yearslater in Mammoth at Mammoth Bluesapalooz a and festival of beers. Pure Electric Smooth. Loved the Blue Cafe days in LB too. Miss Paulie though. that edge was.....well better i think.
Seen him last summer at the Tawas, MI Blues Fest. We were about 8 ft. from the stage. WOW! What a show he put on!!
timfowlkes4
We used to have a summer concert in a cornfield in central Nebraska called Comstock Rockfest. We got to hear a lot of the greatest music ever played anywhere as well as stuff I had never heard of before...nam e l y Eric Sardinas. I have to say that I was completely blown away and I have been hooked on his music and style since. He came a long way to entertain us that hot day in July, I would go a long way any day to hear more. Great Stuff!!!
crince4295
I used to see him every Tuesday in the early 90's. He would set the bar on fire and walk down the bar a play.
Beautiful music...love it.
I have seen Eric many times back in the late 90's out in So Cal great show even better music.
innrkid
I just saw Eric at the Prairie Dog Blues Festival in Prairie Du Chien Wisconsin. I was blown away by this guy. Amazing live show. It's to bad the sound was horrible from the main listening area. At the stage, it was incredible.
I first saw him in Hartford CT in 2003 and was astonished by the sheer brutality with which he attacks his beat a** electric slide guitar. I was intrigued by the ad in the local paper that said "johnny Winter meets Satan". they weren't far off. a powerful virtuoso must see live.
I saw Eric and his band open for BB King in Vegas. He plays the slide guitar better than anyone I've see. Amazing show
Saw Eric at Iron Horse in Wichita falls, TX, FREAKEN AWESOME!! he jumped off the stage took his shirt off, jumped on our table and started playing, then walked around the bar and jumped up on the bar and started taking shots, while playing - ALL with a broken hand. this guy is amazing.
Saw Eric at Bikes, Blues, and BBQ in Fayettville Ar. in 2006. Would take 3 good guitar players to cove what he does by himself.
Reminds me a bit of Sean Chambers ... it's all good!

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