April 21, 2018
SESSIONS FROM NORTH 7TH STREET
HOSTED BY ERIC RAMSEY. FEATURING HANS OLSON.
SATURDAY, APR 21 @ 7PM
A two-time champion of the Phoenix Blues Society’s Blues Showdown, Eric was a semi-finalist at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. He won the Stefan George Memorial (Tucson Folk Festival) Songwriting Competition, and has been tapped for the prestigious Songwriter’s Showcase produced by Tempe Center for the Arts, filmed for PBS distribution. He’s a regularly a featured performer at the Prescott Center for the Arts, and has headlined shows at the Highlands Center and the Flagstaff Folk Project in Arizona.
With soaring vocals and organic arrangements, Eric writes from experience about the human condition – at times sensitive, at times humorous, always thought-provoking. His arrangements and delivery encompass a spectrum of styles, from delicate fingerpicking to raucous, bluesy bottleneck slide.
“It’s A Rough World Baby” is his third release, following the acclaimed “Up We Go” in 2016 and 2014’s debut “Wills And Won’ts.”
His live performances are captivating, entertaining and accessible, and he’s a favorite on the Blues and Folk Festival circuits not only for his dynamic performances but for his workshops on slide guitar techniques and tricks.
He lives in the Phoenix area with his long-suffering and patient wife, three kids, four (yes, four, to date) dogs of indeterminate pedigree, and can often be found in the garage, where his family prefer he practice….
Two Time Winner of Arizona Blues Showdown.
Semi-Finalist, International Blues Challenge.
Winner, Stefan George Memorial Songwriting Competition (Tucson Folk Festival)
Featured Performer at Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival, (Austin, TX)
Featured Performer at Tempe Center For The Arts Songwriters’ Showcase.
Featured Performer, Phx Blues Blast ’17 and Superstition Blues and Brews Festival.
Hans is a veteran performing musician with over 50 years in the music business. He began his career as a lead singer in a Blues/Rock band in Southern California in 1967. By 1970, Hans had developed a very unique and powerful solo act. He plays an amplified acoustic guitar and harmonica. He is known as one of the best “harp-in-a-rack” players in the world. Hans’ singing is very powerful. His voice is comfortable singing many styles of music ranging from mellow folk ballads to growling boogie blues. Hans has released over 16 albums of original material. Many of his songs have been included on soundtracks for TV shows including: The George Lopez Show, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Saving Grace, Justified and many more.
He had two songs in major motion pictures in 2015, “FREEHELD” starring: Julianne Moore and Steve Carell, and “ROCK THE KASBAH” starring Bill Murray and Bruce Willis.
Hans toured the world for 35 years until retiring from the road in 2001. He has played all over the United States and Canada. He did many tours in Western Europe including France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Austria and Slovenia…
Hans has been opening shows for internationally known artists since 1973.
He has opened shows for artists including: MUDDY WATERS, JOHN LEE HOOKER, WILLIE DIXON, BB KING, BO DIDDLEY, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, CHUCK BERRY, TOM WAITS, Z.Z. TOP, ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, PAUL BUTTERFIELD, JOE COCKER, BONNIE RAITT, ROBERT RANDOLPH, LEON RUSSELL, SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE, GEORGE THOROGOOD, JOHNNY WINTER and many, many more (see website for complete list).
Important Information about your visit to The Listening Room Phoenix
The Listening Room Phoenix is centrally located in midtown Phoenix AZ and is open to audiences who appreciate great acoustic music. Some performances are pre-sale ticketed and some are at-door pricing. Your purchase will go a very long way in keeping each artist on their path to success and keeping The Listening Room a healthy destination for great music in Phoenix. Audiences are participating in a live video recording of the performance. Your entrance to The Listening Room Phoenix is consent to be photographed and filmed.
The Listening Room Phoenix shares its home with Mazvo Auto Car Care Center on 7th Street south of the traffic light at E. Highland Rd., tucked away from the street at 4614 N 7th Street, Phoenix 85014. Additional parking is available on E. Meadowbrook Road, only steps from The Listening Room Phoenix.