Eric Leadbetter Bio
Eric Leadbetter was born in the town of Bozeman, MT, well known for the big skies and cold smoke.
His musical career started in 2003 when he recorded his first solo album, Eric’s cosmic kitchen. He then moved to Boulder, CO in 2003 and started playing out in local coffee shops and small bars. In 2006 he established the rock n roll band, Jive Coulis with some good friends from high school. They traveled to over 20 states performing in the veggie oil powered school bus Sharleena. Jive recorded 4 all original albums of Eric’s music, which included 2 songs written by bass player Jordan Mack. Jive Coulis was dis-banded in 2017 and Leadbetter Band was Born. Leadbetter Band released their first album in 2019, and the second album, “Howl” was released in sept 2021. Eric also released an acoustic solo album “Middle ground” in 2020.
Currently, he lives in Central Oregon and plays gigs constantly in the Pacific Northwest. Whether solo, duo, or full band he is always gigging, as well as teaching guitar and songwriting. 2020 was a challenging year for all, but Eric and his wife Briana were blessed with the birth of their son, Silas. Through out the challenges of 2020-present with the gig economy shifting, Eric has continued to evolve and find creative ways to bring music into the Pacific Northwest communities, and the online community. In 2021 Leadbetter Band opened for the legendary ZZ Top at the Britt amphitheater which was a massive experience!
His music is very unique and original, with ghostly echoes of the golden ages of rock. And it should be, since he draws his musical inspiration from these eras by listening to a vast collection of classic vinyl.
“I want my music to not only reach people’s ears in a sweet and engaging way, but also to challenge the mind and inspire the heart and soul. I have creatively explored music very deeply in my life, and I see no end to the amount of musical wisdom to be gained. It is an honor for me to be able to share my musical expression with people that are open and willing.”