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Culture Scene Magazine Article 8.18.16

Culture Scene Magazine Article

by David Talton • 18 August • Featureed in Play It Loud

Eric Bettencourt is an Austin-based singer-songwriter, whose songs exude the honesty, passion and originality of a consummate musician.  Originally from the coastal city of Portland, Maine, he began his deeper relationship with music while listening to Guns N’ Roses as a teenager.  Enthralled with the balanced complexity of their sound as well as the instrumental mastery of lead guitarist Saul Hudson, aka Slash, he embarked on a journey to discover his own musical identity.  He began by teaching himself to play the guitar, aided only by the inspirational works of contemporary artists that included Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix.  Later in his career he would study the techniques of the early blues guitar greats while also familiarizing himself with other instruments and the art of songwriting.

Following his graduation from college and subsequent decision to pursue a career in music, he fine tuned his sound and used his savings to purchase all the necessary equipment to self-record his debut album, Fine Old World.  Collectively, its tracks featured an intimate mixture of blues, folk and rock set behind Bettencourt’s warm, scratchy vocals that are reminiscent of Robert Plant, Janis Joplin and Ray LaMontagne.  In the five short years since, he has published an astonishing 50 songs across four full-length albums and two EPs, while also touring and self-promoting his work.  His dedication and talent with crafting original songs has won him numerous awards over the span of his career, including his most recent win in the 2014 Songdoor Songwriting Contest.  Also in 2014, he released his most recent album, An Underwater Dream, which brought fans eight original songs that further confirmed his undeniable talent.  Today he is hard at work, as he always is, preparing the next chapter of his musical career, which will include a soon to be released EP and subsequent album.

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