Deeply rooted in the music of 20’s & 30’s blues pioneers Eric Noden’s percussive guitar work, timeless songwriting and well-traveled blues vocals have earned the respect of audiences, critics, and musicians worldwide. Eric is a one man band, a musician, songwriter, actor, and educator who continues to re-invent traditional blues and roots music for today’s audiences.
Noden started playing electric guitar at age 8 but quickly gravitated toward the finger picking approach of acoustic blues masters Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt and Tommy Johnson. Originally from Ohio, Noden relocated to Chicago in 1994 where he quickly became a staple on the blues scene with his hard-driving solo performances. In Chicago Eric has performed with and interviewed many blues legends including Billy Boy Arnold, Honeyboy Edwards, and Erwin Helfer. Noden has performed at many major music venues including The Chicago Blues Festival, Eslov Blues Festival (Sweden), Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Harmonicales Festival (France) and Buddy Guy’s Legends.
Eric is also known as a blues educator and researcher. From lecture demonstrations at the University of Wisconsin to blues in the schools programs for the Chicago Blues Festival, his educational programs have entertained and informed thousands of students. In addition, Eric also teaches blues guitar workshops at the Old Town School of Folk Music.