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Texas-born roots band plays at CVI

by Sarah Hauck
Eric Hisaw Band will perform three nights in the Cabaret Lounge at the Carson Valley Inn Thursday-Saturday.
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Cutting their Nevada performing teeth in Reno last year, the Eric Hisaw Band is looking forward to bringing their rock ‘n’ roll vibe to Carson Valley.

The Austin, Texas, based band hope to fill the Cabaret Lounge of Carson Valley Inn today and tomorrow.

“We are looking forward to playing in such a beautiful place, even though it is a bit cold and snowy there right now,” Lead singer and guitarist Eric Hisaw said. “We’re going to play fairly long shows including a lot of songs by those that influenced our music as well as our own original material.”

Founded in a mecca that brings musicians to the south, Eric Hisaw Band draws influences from Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, as well as country music from Hisaw’s New Mexico upbringing.

Kicking off their 2016 tour at CVI, Hisaw hopes to share his musical “short-stories” with a different audience.

“We play a pretty wide range of places back home from listening parlors to honky tonks. We like to have a good time and play some up-tempo things that people can dance to, but at the same time share some of our work that is deeply influenced by the short-story style of country music,” Hisaw said. “We’re looking forward to being able to start our tour there. I think it will be good for us to be holed up for a few days, catch our bearings. It’s such a beautiful place and we’re looking forward to meeting the interesting people that are there and bringing our type of music to the area.”

Hisaw and the band will see places like Washington state, California, Oregon and Colorado during their three-week tour.

No stranger to travel and performing for a variety of people with nearly 20 years of musical experience under his guitar strap, Hisaw enjoys the constant venue change, something he said drew him to music to begin with.

“I love traveling. It’s an interesting thing when you’re out touring in comparison to playing gigs at home,” he said. “Shows on the road become more focused and purposeful. It helps us (the band) get into the same mind-set and really end up loving the time we spend on stage. It brings a totally different feeling to the gig. Going different places and meeting different people has always been one of the things the drew me to music. I love playing for different audiences and people. For me it is a rush, some people don’t like it.”

The band will play 8 p.m.-1 a.m. today and Saturday in the Cabaret Lounge at Carson Valley Inn.

The shows are free of admission and Hisaw hopes to draw a crowd.

“I’m really excited to get out on road and start the new year doing what we’re suppose to be doing,” he said.

More information about Eric Hisaw and the band can been found at http://www.erichisaw.com.

Songs from the self-titled EP, released in Oct. 2014 can also be previewed.