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Eric Folkerth (yes it's his real name) is an award winning songwriter who finds songs metaphors in diverse experiences like Dinosaurs, Donut Shops, the birth of his daughter, and the pain of war.
He's been a finalist at the South Florida Folk Festival Competition, and the 5th Street Festival. He was a semi-finalist at the Wildflower Festival competition.
His song, "I Will Sing" has won Honorable Mention in the Billboard Songwriter Contest, the Great American Song Contest, and has been part of a United Nations project, called "New Songs for Peace."
Eric's song "Prairie Chapel Road," was called the "unofficial song of Camp Casey," was the soundtrack of a short film, and appeared in a story on BBC Radio.
Bob Ackerman, Dallas singer-songwriter, says "Eric's songs tell stories the way a good movie does."
Cary Pierce, of Jackopierce, says "Eric's songs have that lullaby quality that reminds me of the stuff I grew up on."
Eric has shared the stage with the likes of David Wilcox, Joan Baez, Tom Prasada-Rao, Cary Cooper, Terri Hendrix, James McMurtry, Jana Stanfield, The Burns Sisters, Rachel Bissex, Peter Mayer, Bethany Yarrow, Rhett Butler, Beth Wood, Brad Thompson, Elizabeth Wills, Bill Nash, Annie Benjamin, Jayson Bales, Tracie Merchant, and a host of Dallas's best songwriters.
Eric is a founding member of "Connections," a "cover band" of Methodist ministers and layfolks whose shows have raised more than $ 260,000 for charity. The band plays free-show tributes to classic artists like Dan Fogelberg, The Eagles, Chicago, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Elton John, the Doobie Brothers, and dozens more. 100 percent of a "love offering" goes to support two worthy charities. The band has now played more than 50 shows for tens of thousands of fans, and raised a quarter of a million dollars.
Eric is chief writer at the blog, "When EF Talks" blog; covering music, religion, politics, sports, and what ever else he feels like.
He is married to Dennise Garcia. She is a State District Judge in the Dallas County Family Courts. They have the world's smartest and most beautiful daughter, Maria, and an amazing dog, Daisy.