Live music on the patio with Oly

 

Eric Olson, nicknamed "Oly," grew up in a small town on the St. Croix River (Stillwater) just outside Minneapolis, MN. Oly started playing drums at age 11, which is apparent in his rhythmic guitar playing. Oly began his professional singer/songwriter career in Colorado, where he founded the band Tunnel 6 in 1995. Touring successfully throughout CO, the band released its first album, "Tunnel 6," in 1997 under the production guidance of Aaron Trooien. In 2002 Oly released a solo acoustic album, "Holly Would," with producer Brad Witham. In 2004, Tunnel 6 was replaced by Oly's next project, Stereomaid, again fronted by Oly and featuring his original songs and unique blend of rock, folk and punk. In 2008, Stereomaid released "The Little Things that Come Between Us," produced by Greg McRae (Rose Hill Drive, Flobots). Notable shows included the Roxy in Hollywood, supporting Porcupine Tree at the Fox Theater in Boulder and helping causes important to Oly with a number of benefit shows. Oly also co-founded and fronted a popular 80’s tribute band, Huge in Germany, from 2004-2009, which opened for Jefferson Starship and Country Joe McDonald.

 

Oly returned to his Minneapolis roots in 2011 and continues to play music. In a nod to the great 70's rock that has always influenced his musicianship, Stereomaid released a two song 7" vinyl record produced by Minneapolis freelance producer Ed Ackerson (Golden Smog, the Replacements) in 2012.