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Christian Lopez with Eric Bolander
Christian Lopez (born August 1, 1995) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Martinsburg, West Virginia. His mother, an opera singer & music teacher, started him in piano at age of 5 and guitar soon after. He began songwriting in his early teenage years and touring shortly thereafter. In early 2014 at just 18 years old, Lopez signed his first record deal with Blaster Records. He recorded his first release, the five song EP Pilot, which was released in October 2014, followed by his first full length album “Onward” released in May 2015, both produced by Grammy Winning producer, Dave Cobb. (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile)
Lopez and his band toured relentlessly on those releases, headlining their own shows and stepping out to support acts like Brothers Osborne, Jason Mraz, Miranda Lambert, Dave Matthews and many more. In addition, he also went on to win the Belk Modern Musician Showcase and earned multiple “Best Of’s” from Rolling Stone at AmericanaFest 2 years in a row.
In September, 2017, Lopez released his 2nd full length album entitled, Red Arrow, this time alongside producer Marshall Altman, known for his work with Marc Broussard and Frankie Ballard. Album features include Vince Gill (“Still On It’s Feet) and The Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale (“Caramel”) and studio legends like Stuart Duncan and Jerry Row, recorded at Nashville’s BlackBird Studios. Rolling Stone said that Red Arrow “flies straight through multiple eras of rock, pop and country. Organic sounds are favored over electronics, while Lopez’s versatile guitar playing provides a millennial take on everything from Eighties rock to timeless folk. Sly, generation-bridging vocals are the common thread, and as interest in Americana rises, Lopez could connect the dots for many young listeners.”
Since Red Arrow’s release, Christian is now working out of Los Angeles with producers, Robert Stevenson and Billy Rassel (Jeff Beck, Johnny Depp, A Silent Film) In February, 2020. Billboard Magazine kicked off the first of what would be 5 new singles to be released over the course of 2020 in anticipation for a new album. (Sip Of Mine, Finish What You Started, Who You Really Are, Sick Of Me, and Tanglin) His 3rd full length studio album is to be released in spring of 2021.
Eric Bolander’s flavor of Americana/folk music offers soulful vocal tone with thoughtful melodies that have staying power. Lyrically driven by life experiences, Eric’s songs will give you a glimpse into his life and a realization that happiness can be perpetuated through pain.
Eric grew up in the small eastern KY town of Garrison in the Ohio River Valley along the foothills of Appalachia (pop. 1400). He learned through his Dad to work for what you want/need and never take someone for granted. Love and work ethic were driving forces of his humble upbringing. Eric now lives and works out of Lexington, KY. He’s called Lexington home for most of his adult life. An Art Teacher by day and Musician by night, Eric’s mind is always immersed in the arts. Passion for the arts is what keeps him moving forward.
Human beings are surprisingly resilient creatures. Through honoring his grandmother, singer-songwriter Eric Bolander weathers his own emotional firestorm with his new record The Wind. It’s a brooding, often languid, folk set-piece weaving in and out of tales of drug addiction, religion, renewal and the birth of his two-year-old daughter. He casts off his hard-rock outer shell for a more traditionally-rooted and sensitive storybook, steeped in heartfelt emotions and embodying the endurance of the human spirit.
Much of his work has been scattered in the rock music scene through the years. He’s mounted numerous creative endeavors, including rock bands Modern Day Relic and Alcatraz Shakedown, and made enduring friendships with the likes of producer Duane Lundy (Sturgill Simpson, Ringo Starr) and Americana troubadour Arlo McKinley among countless others.
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