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Interview:
Guitarist Eric Sardinas brings his Big Motor to the Motor City
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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A few years back, Eric Sardinas named his rhythm section Big Motor -- a band name he knew would go over in Detroit better than anywhere else.

"That's the Motor City, man. I knew they'd get it there," says the Florida blues-rock guitarist, a slide guitar specialist who plays a specially designed electrified resonator instrument. "I just went by my name for many years, but as a guitar player I have a real romance with having a band; my band is like family, and you think of things like (Jimi) Hendrix and the Experience, Stevie Ray (Vaughan) and Double Trouble. I really wanted my band to have that energy.

"So Big Motor just came to mind -- not as quickly as I'm making it sound. It's tough to come up with a couple words that really say something."

With 2011's "Sticks & Stones," his sixth album, becoming entrenched with his audience, Sardinas is starting to think about what he'll be saying next, musically. He says he's "always writing," but Sardinas, 41, isn't ready to predict when something will be ready -- or what it might sound like.

"We're always cycling ideas, bits and pieces of ideas we play live that inspire you," he explains. "No two songs come together the same way, but we're on the road 300 nights a year, so that's where a lot of the inspiration comes from. I take them back and wrench 'em up and work on them; that's the way most of these songs come together.

"So I'm looking forward to starting to get some of those ideas ad road songs into a little more focus and hopefully have something ready soon. I'm can't ever say how long that will take, though."

Eric Sardinas performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $20 and $15. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans. com

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