Erik Boyd is a musician, writer and producer. He has toured, recorded, or played bass with Hubert Sumlin, Kirsten Thien, Black 47, Raul Midón, Dave Fields, Angelo Badalamenti, Tarriona “Tank” Ball and Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph (Tank and the Bangas), Deanna Bogart, Magnus Berg, Mary Wells, Baby Wants Candy, James P. Nichols, Popa Chubby, Marc Ribot, Billy Hector, Ross “The Boss” Friedman (Heyday), Brian Woodbury, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Wygals, Billy Gibson, Kati Mac, Regi Ransdell, The Ruckerts, Mike Freeman, Leslie Gore, Jessica Craven, Tas Cru, Bobby Messano, Ornette Coleman, Larry Coryell, Sam Andrew (Janis Joplin), Samsonite Gypsies, Pat McGuire, Speir Mor, Larry Mitchell, Tony James, Dan Myers, Galia Arad, Susan Didrichsen, Mindy Jostyn, Steve Addabbo, Scott Hull, John Eddie, Deborah Blando, Sari Schorr, Penny Arcade, Two Ton’s o’ Fun (The Weather Girls), Denaro, Steelheart, “The Golden Boys of Band Stand” featuring Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell, The Tokens, Lou Christie, Marc Muller, Dead On Live, The Surreal McCoys, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, K.O. (Kario Salem), Elliot Sharp’s Terraplane, Spencer Davis and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees; Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Charlie Thomas and the Drifters, Little Anthony, The Shirelles, Del Shannon and The Mamas & The Papas.
Television performances include: “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (several appearances), “The Artie Lange Show”, “Good Morning America on ABC”, “MTV”, “arte LIVE, France”, “НАЖИВО Lviv Alfa Jazz 2017”, and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.
His fretless bass work was featured in Angelo Badalamenti‘s slinky soundtrack for the Sundance Film Festival Award-winning film “Secretary”, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. He’s been described by Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine as a “power bassist who has been one of the hidden gems of the New York City scene”.
Erik produced singer-songwriter Kirsten Thien‘s critically acclaimed CD “Delicious” (Screen Door Records). Her song “Please Drive” featured blues legend Hubert Sumlin and was the “#2 Bluesville’s Click to Pick on Sirius / XM Channel 70 ~ B.B. King’s Bluesville”. And he produced Kirsten Thien’s solo performance CD release recorded live in Bremen Germany “Solo Live From The Meisenfrei Blues Club”. Erik also produced the album “Cut Me Loose” in 2015 for the 18 year guitar phenom Magnus Berg (Norway, Screen Door Records) who won the 2015 Blues Blast Music Award for the “New Artist Album Debut”.
He is currently playing with and/or producing records for select artists that include Kirsten Thien (NYC), Dave Fields (NYC), Galia Arad (Dublin), Tiokasin Ghosthorse‘s soon to be released record to benefit Native American Children, K.O. (Kario Salem) (Los Angeles), Samsonite Gypsies (NYC), and GRAMMY Award Winning Guitarist Larry Mitchell