Eric Bettencourt

Eric Bettencourt

 Austin, Texas, USA
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

Singer songwriter with a passion for unique songwriting; utilizing catchy melody, lyrics and rhythm.

Biography

Eric is an award-winning songwriter based in Austin Texas.

With a quick wit and controlled-intensity Bettencourt brings his live shows to life using an expansive catalog of original crowd-pleasing songs. Where so many artists are content recycling the same old sounds and songs Bettencourt is one of the rare few able to forge his own. Utilizing his piano-like 6 &12 string finger-style guitar work and a natural vocal delivery, somewhere between Ray LaMontagne and Robert Plant, he never lingers long in any one sound. Constantly blending, bending, and stretching different genres and styles into his multi-layered musical concoctions is what continues to gain him fans all around the country.

Eric got his musical start in the beautiful coastal city of Portland, Maine where his unique sound garnered him a strong fan-base and consistent FM radio play. It's here that he shared the stage with notable acts such as Grace Potter and the The Wood Brothers.

In five short years Bettencourt released four full-length albums and two EP's; that's well over 50 songs not counting the unofficial demos, live cuts, and B-sides he regularly doles out to his mailing list subscribers. "An Underwater Dream", his latest release (4/2014), has continued to get great reviews and open many doors in Austin where he is regularly playing some of the best songwriter venues the city has to offer.

Currently Eric is writing, touring, booking, practicing, recording, promoting and playing shows. Sometimes he has time to read books.

These last few years have seen Eric nationally recognized in the songwriting department-
1st Place - Songdoor Songwriting Contest 2014
Silver Award 2013- Mid-Atlantic Song Contest - Rock/Alternative 

2nd place - Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest - Americana; 2013

Winner - Kerrville Folk Festival; New Folk Contest 2013
Runner Up - Best Folk Act; Portland Phoenix 2011 (voter chosen)
Winner - Best House Band (Velourosaurus); Portland Phoenix 2011 (voter chosen)
Winner - Best Folk Act; Portland Phoenix 2010 (voter chosen)
Runner Up- Best Local Album; Portland Phoenix 2010 (voter chosen)
Runner Up- Songwriters Showdown - 2009

Lyrics

This Big House

Written By: Eric Bettencourt

This Big House
From This Big House EP (12/09)

This big house will make you lose your mind
This big house will make you lose your mind

Every time I open a door there’s a room I’ve never seen before
Every time turn my head, the furniture rearranged itself

In this old house you’ll lose your mind
This big house will do it every time

Every time I go to sleep, I’m awoken by the strangest dreams
Every time I hear a sound, I cover my head and hit the ground

In this old house you’ll loose your mind
This big house will do it every time

I feel the eyes inside the walls; I feel breath whirling through her antique halls
I feel the weight of her ceilings; I feel the windows slowly darkening

This big house will make you lose your mind
This big house will do it every time

Every time I talk out loud something tells me to keep it down
When I try to step outside, the door slams shut and is locked up tight

In this old house you’ll lose your mind
This big house will do it every time

Fell Into Place

Written By: Eric Bettencourt

Fell Into Place

I met and old friend - Must be years or more
I met and old friend - Must be years or more
That age old smile - Runs deeper than before

I’d give it all to go back - When we were laughing true
I’d give it all to go back -When we were laughing true
Now it’s so easy to cry - I’m still in love with you

It’s you -It’s always been you

I don’t know where I’m going - Don’t recognize my face
I don’t know where I’m going - Don’t recognize my face
The moment I saw you - My world fell into place

It’s you - It’s always been you

Dreamed

Written By: Eric Bettencourt


I dreamed I dreamed of a dream last night, I cannot recall
What was in the dream that I dreamed last night
I dreamed through it all

I dreamed a dream - Everything I owned was stolen from me
I dreamed a dream -I weighted nearly nothing I was totally free
I dreamed a dream

I dreamed I dreamed of a dream last night, I cannot recall
Who was in the dream that I dreamed last night
I dreamed through it all

I dreamed a dream - That our naked bodies were as close as could be
I dreamed a dream - When the sheets finally settled it was you who loved me
I dreamed a dream, I dreamed a dream, I dreamed a dream

I dreamed I dreamed of a dream last night, I cannot recall
Where and when was in the dream that I dreamed last night
I dreamed through it all

I dreamed a dream - Your gods finally gave up and just left us be
I dreamed a dream - That the blood finally dried and the blind they could see
I dreamed a dream - I dreamed a dream

In the brightest of colors on the biggest of screens
I dreamed a dream
For the light and the dark and all in between
I dreamed a dream - I dreamed a dream

Old Grim

Written By: Eric Bettencourt


Last night I met my killer he wore no face upon his skin
But when he dropped that hammer down you could see him grin

I don’t want to die

I saw her from the rooftop I stopped to wave hello
The very last thing to go through my mind was the ground below

I don't want to die
I don’t want to die

You can lean against his door you can laugh and call him names
But when Old Grim comes a-knocking bet you’re gonna say

I don't want to die
I don’t want to die

Smile

Written By: Eric Bettencourt

Smile

I don’t mean to add to your confusion or weigh you down with sympathy
But there’s darkness in those eyes of yours I’m trying not to let it swallow me

Everybody has the answer and a hook attached to a string
I’m sure that I am no different I’m only asking for you one thing

Because your smile, your smile has been missing this whole damn day
And your smile could move a mountain out of the way

Gonna do my best to make you shine - Pour another glass of that old red wine
Gonna shoot for laugh but I will take a grin - And if I can’t make you smile
I hope that nobody can

Please don’t shut down on me this evening I’m wrapped so tightly in your spell
If I can’t find that hidden smile mine might disappear as well.

Because your smile, your smile has been missing this whole god-damned day
And your smile could move a mountain Out of the way

Gonna do my best to make you shine - Pour another glass of that old red wine
Gonna shoot for laugh but I will take a grin - And if I can’t make you smile
I hope that nobody can

Just Walk Away

Written By: Eric Bettencourt

She’s love she’s power, flames climbing a tower, she’s everything out of reach

She’s a mother a nymph from her soul to her skin she’s everything a promise can’t be

She’s a blessing a curse, headlights on a hearse, she’s everything that terrifies me

If you really love her, and you’re willing to pay, if you really love her, boy just walk away

She’s chains in a field, she’s a rose made of steel, she’s everything a woman should be

She flows like a mountain to the hole that I’m down in she’s everyone that’s ever owned me

If you really love her, and you’re willing to pay If you really love her, boy just walk away

Furious Pace

Written By: Eric Bettencourt

I run a furious pace - I try to escape, I try to escape
Saw my dreams fall into a pile - Once I was strong, now I’m a child

Will I ever find - Some semblance of a quiet mind?

I try to get off this grid, I dig and I dig and I’m pulled further in
Will we ever break free of this invisible machinery?

Will I ever find some semblance of a quiet mind?
When I close my eyes all the silence seems to come alive

I run a furious pace - I try to escape, I try to escape

This race is gonna tear you apart - From your mind to your heart
Gonna tear you apart

Will I ever find some semblance of a quiet mind?
When I close my eyes all the silence seems to come alive

Discography

Underwater Dream - LP - Due April 2014
Weightless Embrace (EP) - 05/2012
Secret Songs For Secret People - 11/2011
This Big House (EP)- 12/2009
The Giraffe Attack Collection - 09/2009
Fine Old World - 01/2009

have been getting regular airplay on WBLM, WCYY, WCLZ, and WMPG in Portland Maine as well as Maine Public Radio.

Secret Songs and Giraffe Attack Collection are now on Pandora
Also the entirety The Giraffe Attack Collection is included on the online stream for Citadels WBLM, one of the biggest rock stations in the North East.

Set List

Can play most any song from any album. Always working new material into the sets. Can bring band or play solo.