About

About

Eric is an award-winning songwriter based in Austin Texas.

With a quick wit and controlled-intensity Bettencourt brings his live shows to life using an expansive catalog of original crowd-pleasing songs. Utilizing his piano-like 6 &12 string finger-style guitar work and a unique vocal delivery he never lingers too long in one sonic setting. Constantly blending, bending, and stretching different genres and styles into his multi-layered musical concoctions is what continues to gain him fans where ever he might be.

Eric got his musical start in Portland, a beautiful and growing city on the coast of Maine. Here he honed in on his unique sound; garnering himself a spot in the local music scene and regular FM radio spins. It's here that he shared the stage with notable acts such as Grace Potter and The Wood Brothers to name just two.

In five short years Bettencourt released four full-length albums and two EP's; that's well over 50 songs not counting the unofficial demos, live cuts, and B-sides he regularly doles out to his email list subscribers.  "An Underwater Dream", his latest release (4/2014), has continued to get great reviews and open many doors in Austin where he is regularly playing some of the best songwriter venues the city has to offer.

 Eric is currently writing, touring, booking, practicing, recording, promoting and playing shows mostly in Austin Texas

 

These last few years have seen Eric nationally recognized in the songwriting department-

1st Place - Songdoor Songwriting Contest 2014

Silver Award 2013- Mid-Atlantic Song Contest - Rock/Alternative

2nd place - Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest -  Americana; 2013

Winner - Kerrville Folk Festival; New Folk Contest 2013

Runner Up - Best Folk Act; Portland Phoenix 2011 (voter chosen)

Winner - Best House Band (Velourosaurus); Portland Phoenix 2011 (voter chosen)

Winner - Best Folk Act; Portland Phoenix 2010 (voter chosen)

Runner Up- Best Local Album; Portland Phoenix 2010 (voter chosen)

Runner Up- Songwriters Showdown - 2009