2017 was a great year! Erik has been touring with Kirsten Thien in Maine and in the Midwest. Kirsten’s band included drummer Alex Alexander (David Bowie) and GRAMMY award winning guitarist and producer Larry Mitchell. Erik had some great conversations with David Lindley while scheduling a recording session for Kirsten’s new record. Unfortunately David Lindley had to cancel the day before in Los Angeles but hopefully next time! Erik has also been playing with the Kirsten Thien Duo at her monthly residence at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, NY.
Erik played upright bass and Höfner bass on K. O.’s song and video “The Big Heartbreak” which has received nearly 3 million views worldwide. K. O. explained about his video: “Find out what the great Bob Dylan said to a legendary spy after hearing this song in a Midtown N.Y. coffee shop”.
Erik was on tour with Dave Fields in the Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Norway and Svalbard. The Dave Fields Band played throughout Norway and at the Dark Season Blues Festival in Spitsbergen, Svalbard which is 78% North and roughly 650 miles from The North Pole. The Festival included Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Diunna Greenleaf, Sugaray Rayford, Grainne Duffy, and JT Lauritsen featuring Deanna Bogart and Jimmy Carpenter. Erik also played with Dave during the Sumer of 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine at the Alfa Jazz Festival which hosted many legendary bands including Gregory Porter, The Yellowjackets, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea.