Top L.A. bass player/singer, Eric Baines, released his 22nd episode this week of The Dive Bar Rock Star Podcast on Tuesday. The episode features a conversation with bass legend Leland Sklar and is full of incredible stories from a career that spans five decades.
Since the Corona Virus pandemic halted his usually busy touring schedule with country icon, Dwight Yoakam, Baines decided to create a podcast. “I am a huge fan of podcasts and listen to them non-stop on the road,” says Baines. The weekly show is meant to be part entertainment and part education. It explores the lives of working musicians and music professionals and has featured musicians who back up popular artists like Avril Levigne, The Who, Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson, Dennis DeYoung, Chaka Khan, Phil Collins, Trixie Mattel, Shania Twain, Bruce Hornsby, Foreigner and many others.
The Dive Bar Rock Star Podcast is created, produced, edited and written by Eric Baines who wanted to pass on some of the things he’s learned in his 30 years of experience in the music business. “I’ve been thinking of writing a book for years but I’m not really a reader or a writer. With the podcast I can not only pass on what I’ve learned but showcase other amazing music professionals and hear their lessons as well,” reveals Baines. The pandemic, which has been devastating to the touring industry, has provided Baines with the time to achieve a long time goal of giving back to the next generation of musicians and paying tribute to the music community that he loves.
The podcast can be found anywhere there are podcasts and at www.divebarrockstar.com where you can join the mailing list for extra information about each episode. You can also purchase merchandise, donate to the podcast and stay informed of live events which Baines hopes to begin as soon as the the pandemic will allow.
Baines has had a long and eclectic career. He’s been playing professionally since he was 19 in his hometown of Broomfield, CO where he eventually started touring nationally with Denver saxophonist, Nelson Rangell. In 2000 he decided to make the move to Los Angeles where he quickly started working with artists like Gregg Karukas, Lee Ritenour and Melissa Manchester before becoming the musical director for piano player, Keiko Matsui. Baines spent 12 years with Matsui and decided to move in a different direction which eventually landed him the gig with Dwight Yoakam. He’s played with many other artists, tours and bands along the way like The High School Musical Concert Tour, Lucas Grabeel, ABC, Corbin Bleu, Air Supply, Danny Seraphine, Robbie Krieger, Jackiem Joyner, El Chicano, Tommy Thayer and many others. Baines also has two solo albums and an EP available digitally and has had his music featured in many tv shows and films.
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