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Eric Long

San Francisco, CA
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In 2012 I went to High Sierra Music Festival for the first time, and since then I’ve only missed one. The music is incredible year after year, but what really keeps me coming back is the people. I remember leaving that first year knowing I’d be a HSMF lifer. From late-nights and kickball to homegrown sets in Shady Grove there’s not a bit of the festival that I don’t appreciate and love. Since 2012 I’ve worked towards playing on one of the High Sierra stages, and I’ve been fortunate enough to watch friend and fellow singer-songwriter John Craigie rise from similar beginnings, working at the same booth in the food court, to climbing the High Sierra stage. Why I want to play High Sierra Music Festival is because it’s truly become a well that I pull from in my own songwriting. Lyrics and melodies have come out of this wonderful weekend, and in 2019 I’d love to give that back to HSMF and return just a little bit of what High Sierra Music Festival has given to me.


With influences ranging from the likes of Mississippi John Hurt and Taj Mahal to progressive musicians such as Keb Mo, Willie Watson and Charlie Parr, Eric Long’s music is fundamentally folk-inspired and steeped in some of America’s earliest musical roots.

A York, Pennsylvania native who’s spent the past decade living throughout California, Eric is an American Roots singer-songwriter who has opened for contemporary roots, folk and blues giants such as Fantastic Negrito, Guy Davis and Doug Macleod.

In October of 2018 Eric released his debut folk & country blues record “A Long Way From Home.” This raw and honest album was recorded in San Francisco in a home studio with the help of a ¼” tape machine. It’s filled with the songs of real people, songs of home and songs of loneliness. Songs of memory, songs of foolishness and songs of love.

His songs carry a remarkable knack for simplicity and his voice echoes with a richness that you just don’t forget. A multi-instrumentalist playing resonator guitar with bottleneck slide, acoustic guitar and clawhammer banjo, Eric has entrenched himself in San Francisco becoming an active player in the greater Bay Area Music scene.