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Eric Daubert – Interview

Boomboxes, Pink Floyd, and Huc-A-Poos

Photo by Sarah Dooley

Guitarist Eric Daubert, who often performs with Matt Eckstine, is interviewed about the first records he remembers playing as a child, his connection with Matt Eckstine, his philosophy when performing, and much more.

I also have a bunch of different instruments that I haven’t given enough time to, like a pedal steel

What are some of your earliest musical memories?

Some of my earliest music memories were listening to my cheap cassette boombox blasting Aerosmith’s Pump and Dire Straits Walk of Life. Still love that song. Also, riding around in my moms blue Volvo station wagon listening to Alabama and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

How did you learn to play guitar and who taught you?

I learned to play guitar mainly from myself and playing with other people. I did receive lessons from a fella named Chris Holly, who taught me scales and blues. He taught me some things that I still play today. I still am learning and always try to keep things fresh and new.

Do you play any other instruments?

I play the mandolin in a couple of duos. I also have a bunch of different instruments that I haven’t given enough time to, like a pedal steel.

I started playing in Savannah around 16 years ago, maybe longer, at a place called JJ Cagney’s

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

That’s a hard question to pin down. Of course the same names come up like Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Hendrix, Django, Tommy Emmanuel. One of my favorites would be Ernie Ranglin. These are just a couple. When it comes to mandolin, I would say David Grisman is my go-to for that. I honestly think you can pull something from everything you hear no matter if you enjoy the music or not.

How did you get your start in the Savannah music scene?

I started playing in Savannah around 16 years ago, maybe longer, at a place called JJ Cagney’s on River Street. My old band Red Moon used to play down there a lot.

How did you link up with Matt Eckstine?

Matt Eckstine has been a long time friend of mine. I met him in Beaufort, SC before he moved to Savannah. We still do our duo Pluff Mudd at Driftaway Cafe about every other Friday.

So with that being said – Hucapoos

Are there any Savannah artists you haven’t worked with, but would love to collaborate with?

I enjoy playing with just about everyone, and there are a plethora of great artists in Savannah. I’d like to form a band to do an acoustic tribute to Eric Clapton’s Unplugged album.

What are some of your favorite Savannah area venues to perform in?

I would say my favorite venues tend to include the “anything goes” mentality, and just more of a “hey, let’s just have fun.” So with that being said – Hucapoos.

Great musicians tend to do that to a place

What are your thoughts on the current state of the Savannah music scene?

I think the Savannah music scene is stronger than it’s ever been. Great musicians tend to do that to a place.

Any upcoming projects you’d like to mention?

I’m gonna try to cut some songs for a 4-6 song something. I’m not sure if people listen to CD’s anymore, so I’ll probably just post them online.

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