Mandolin, Vocals, Jug, Jaw Harp, Ukulele, Tenor Banjo, Dobro...such and so forth
Mr. Eck took a different path to the waterfall than his jugthren. Over a decade behind his peers, he cut his teeth in the upstate New York punk scene of the early ‘80s before whoring himself out to dozens of Albany bands of every ilk; later pursuing a troubadour’s life as a songwriter with stints in Austin and New Orleans.
Given Mr. Eck’s proclivities, Bowtie is convinced that the joke about a true musician being one who puts $5000 worth of gear into $500 car to drive 500 miles for a $50 gig was composed with him in mind. Mr. Eck himself mistakenly believes that knowing three chords each on a bunch of expensive toys makes him a multi-instrumentalist.
Still, he’s fooled enough folks to have produced; performed on; and contributed songs to a pile of recordings, including four solo albums. He’s shared the stage and the studio with the likes of Pete Seeger, Patti Smith, Aimee Mann and members of 10,000 Maniacs as well as jug band heroes John Sebastian, Happy Traum, Steve Katz, Eric Weissberg and Bill Keith.
Mr. Eck is also a member of Lost Radio Rounders and the Berkshire Ramblers; co-curator and host of the American Roots Series at The Linda; and a respected painter, creating portraits of iconic American folk and jazz musicians with recycled materials.
Michael Eck is a featured artist with National Reso-Phonic Guitars, Inc.
INFLUENCES: Patti Smith, Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Cash, D. Boon, Dave Van Ronk, Fritz Richmond.