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Eric Peter Schwartz
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Quirky, funny, tragic, romantic, nostalgic - Eric Peter Schwartz is never quite sure how to describe his brand of folky, acoustic music. He wears his heart on his sleeve and writes across a spectrum of human experiences and feelings. He sites "everything he's ever listened to from Woody Guthrie to Def Leppard" as his main influences.

This Soundclick page, which I have been running for years includes some of my folk recordings - some from my album TROUBADORK, lots of old demos, funny songs from my days with Gag Reflex and some journeys into other kinds of music. Lots of stuff unavailable anywhere else.
Why this name?
Well... first I ran a six-month demographic study and hired a polling company out of Boston. It was expensive and counter productive... OKAY! I'm lying. It's my name. Actually there is a handful of Eric Schwartzes running around the country playing different types of music. I've talked to many of them - they are all exceptionally talented. So, rather than confusing things more, I just added my middle name! Ta-da!
Do you play live?
Yes I do. I play in and around Chicago - up into Wisconsin. Working on expanding that. You can see past gig information HERE.

How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
I have been with Soundclick since 2000 with some other projects (Gag Reflex, Jack, Barry Newton & The Plagues) - without mp3s and Soundclick, it would be much more difficult to get my songs and sounds out to the world. Thousands of people have heard what me and my comrades do, where fifteen years ago, they couldn't have. It's a giant open mic to the world.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes
Band History:
I wrote my first song in fourth grade after taking organ lessons for about a month. It was called "Intervention of the Angels" (I swear) A couple of years later I started learning guitar from a nun. I switched to electric in high school after seeing Marty McFly tear it up on Johnny B. Goode. It was about then that I started writing songs... really, really bad Bryan Adamsy- Def Leppardy songs. A few years later I heard Pink Floyd and everything changed. Then I wrote really really bad Floydy songs - but it taught me about lyrics. I kept plugging away and eventually, around the time I got to college my stuff started getting better. I started playing drums out of necessity in the mid-nineties. Walked away from music for a while to write scripts... but I'm back for good.
Your influences?
So many - I learn a little from everything I listen to. But the biggies for me are all songwriters: Tom Russell, Ralph Covert, Patrick Vernon, Ryan Adams, Steve Hogarth, The Indigo Girls, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Simon, Warren Zevon, Bryan Adams, David Gilmour... many, many.
Favorite spot?
London, Silver City - New Mexico, Galena - Illinois,
Anything else...?
I dedicate everything on this page to my son, Danny. Maybe he'll find this stuff one day and enjoy it.
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