Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase Erik Balkey

Erik Balkey

Erik Balkey has spent significant time on the road since January 2002. For a while, he kept just a post office box in Philadelphia, and he took to the highway with his guitar and notebook as well as paint brushes and rollers. He picks up interior house painting jobs to sustain his travels, and performs all over the country from Maine to Texas, Florida to Chicago covering over 50,000 miles annually.

Balkey writes 30-40 songs per year. Some of the recent songs are gathered on his newest releases, My Sacred Heart and Sanctuary Road, featuring performances from, among others, Duke Levine from Mary Chapin Carpenter's band and including his performance at the legendary Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas where his songs won him recognition as New Folk Competition Winner.

Prior to choosing a life on the road, Balkey began songwriting as part of the Red Bank, NJ music scene in 1994 before a four-year stint in New York City. Among the songwriters in the city, Balkey listened and learned as an active volunteer and performer as part of the Fast Folk Cafe scene of the nineties.

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