I'm an Austin musician available for hire on bass, keys/piano or guitar with vocals
I have a pretty fast ear and will always do my homework for your show.
My bag is rock, folk, blues and R&B with lots of experience in improvising and playing with others..
Great gear, great tone. I own two dependable vehicles. Fully independent, professional and laid back.
Though I could be considered an 'expert' level guitar player (both lead and finger style) I've grown a little bored with the whole thing and have been putting my hours over the last few years into the keys (piano, organ, B3, rhodes styles etc...). Been playing bass since i started on guitar and it's def the coolest instrument in any band and always one of my favorite things to play. As someone who typically has to hire their own rhythm sections I'm acutely aware of what the roll of a bass guitar is and especially what not to do. A pocket, good dynamics and adherence to the kick and snare is all I care about. Imma no frills / no fills kinda player.
I am a multi-instrumentalist that records and produces and have developed the ability to meld with other players and listen for what the song needs. I make my living as a front man, singer-songwriter here in Austin with various groups as well as a solo artist. I'm 40 though I stay healthy so don't look my age if that matters; recently a friend I have known for a year said she thought i was 30 and she meant it.
Right now I’m simply looking to minimize my exposure as a solo artist so i can be more selective with shows. Hoping to fall into a few good situations as a 'side man' for a portion of my weekly scratch. Willing to learn a bunch of tunes just to be in the Rolodex of a few good acts.
I have more than enough groups and projects that don't generate any serious income so I really can't commit to someone else's long-game musical dream. But always open to possible songwriting collaborations.
my website is messed up but there’s a bunch of stuff in places like youtube, spotify etc under my name which is eric bettencourt.
Also here's a few clips from my instagram page of me at the bass and piano. it's about all I have for proof that i know what I'm doing. happy to audition. get at me.