Lexington Kentucky based songwriter Eric Bolander is a working musician and visual arts teacher. We were introduced by fellow songwriter and artist Abe Partridge, who has also been featured on this podcast.
Eric is notably excited about a new relationship with Eastwood Records. Eastwood is working with Eric on the re-release of his 2017 album The Wind. There’s plenty to be excited about. The promotional activity for this re-release offers a potential boost for Eric’s music career.
Among the topics we discuss (not necessarily in this order) are self doubt, connecting with fans on a personal level, email list building, house shows (aka house concerts), the challenge of booking quality gigs, balancing fatherhood, teaching and music, marketing his music versus his visual art, and what he’s most challenged as a music artist today.
Hear Eric’s album title track song, The Wind at the end of our conversation
Eric music juggling act also includes touring with a trio and a side-project rock band called Alcatraz Shakedown. He admits representation and a team would be nice, but Eric is clearly thankful for everything he has.
Please enjoy my conversation with Eric Bolander. If you do enjoy this episode, please consider subscribing to this podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts.
BONUS CONTENT (Follow-up Q & A with Eric)
Robonzo: What habits or routines have best served you throughout your music journey?
Eric: “…try and stay hydrated while touring and play a little every day.”
Robonzo: What’s your number one way of dealing with the voice of self doubt?
Eric: “I just keep getting in front of strangers and singing my songs… sometimes someone makes a connection afterwards or a few familiar faces will song along during… those moments may seem very small to them, but resonate through my whole existence… I’ll always be honored to have folks coming to a show with the intentions of hearing my songs! And then there’s always Kentucky Bourbon. ;)”
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- Eric on SoundCloud
- Bruce Springsteen’s Devils & Dust
- John Moreland In the Throes
- Eastwood Records
- The Whiskey Riders
- Master Musicians Festival
- Sean Whiting
- Apples in Stereo
- Kickin’ It On The Creek
- Alcatraz Shakedown
- Beauty in Music and Art – Abe Partridge on The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast
RESOURCES FOR MUSICIANS
- The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs, by Robonzo
- Growth Farming the Seth Godin Way, a FREE ebook by D Grant Smith