Eric Madis is a guitarist, singer and composer whose playing and compositions reflect a love and mastery of the blues that have been supplemented and refined by years of experience in jazz, country, folk, and Hawaiian music. What results are performances that include authentic renderings of old rural blues, personal interpretations of modern urban blues and jazz standards, and original music that defies strict categorization, but that draws heavily from these traditions.
Eric lives in Seattle where he leads Blue Madness and the Eric Madis Trio, performs as a solo act and plays in several other Seattle area groups. He released his fifth CD "The Dues Will Never Be Paid in Full" on Luna Records in November 2009. Eric also teaches for the National Guitar Workshop, Dusty Strings, and online at JamPlay.com.
Eric lived his formative years in Colorado. His mother, an accomplished opera singer, took him for piano lessons at the age of nine. He began performing shortly after beginning the guitar at ten, and formed his first band in middle school. His family relocated in 1969 to Chicago, where he began performing regularly in coffeehouses at the age of sixteen, and where he also gained much of his blues knowledge. Besides leading groups such as Blue Madness, BluesCast, Ukiah, and Don't Go No Further, he has worked with many blues, jazz, country and Hawaiian greats, including Big Walter Horton, Sunnyland Slim, Deacon Jones, Mark DuFresne, Steve Bailey, Mike Lynch, Grant Dermody, Paul Anastasio, Ryan Burns, Pete Martin, Runaway Train, Pat Burton, Bill Tapia and the Farden Family. He has opened shows for James Cotton, Robben Ford, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Hawkeye Herman, author Sherman Alexie and others.
Eric's five albums have received excellent reviews, regional airplay and nominations from NAMA and Washington Blues Society (WBS). He has received 16 Best Blues nominations from WBS, was a 1981 Kerrville National Folk Festival Award finalist, a 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz finalist, and has music on five film soundtracks. He has taught guitar for the National Guitar Workshop, NW Folklife, UW Experimental College, Denver Free University, Seattle Acoustic Blues Festival, Guitar Workshop Plus and Dusty Strings.