S. Eric Ketzer
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S. Eric Ketzer

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter

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Dec
07
S. Eric Ketzer @ Ten Mile House

Afton, Missouri, USA

Afton, Missouri, USA

Nov
24
S. Eric Ketzer @ ARTt Cafe Coffee House

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Nov
17
S. Eric Ketzer @ St. Charles Coffee House

St Peters, Missouri, USA

St Peters, Missouri, USA

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Lost Angel is the latest release by singer/songwriter S. Eric Ketzer. The vibe is mostly mellow and acoustic with guest spots on bass by Donald Williams (Sinister Dane, SugarDaddy & Getaway Car). Completely Drumless, Lost Angel mixes coffee house style tunes with a couple downtown poet pieces-executed by Ketzer like an angry Black woman in pain. The strongest tracks are #08, Forsaken -about God and #10, Open Ocean, which is about Sailors being unfaithful to their wives. The production is nice, but the structure of the songs make you long for a rhythm section.

Rating…Rocket
This means that you are going in the right
direction and on a course for the planet shizznit.
Shizznit = Good
- Minor Scale Magazine


…Another late addition was Eric Ketzer and his latest group project, the experiment. The Eric Ketzer experiment skates the boundaries of jam band territory but with a distinct non-jam edge. Eric’s voice generally waivers between Jon Popper and Dave Matthews—in a non-creepy way, though—and his lyrics are pure and simple, poetry. The band is a tight conglomerate of seasoned professionals, looking to expand their and our musical horizons (and minds)….
- flush magazine


Almost a month ago, we asked readers to describe, in 500 words or less, their favorite aspects of the St. Louis music scene -- the performers, bands, DJs, club nights and so on that get them off their couches of an evening. After countless hours of painstaking deliberation, we've finally selected a winner: Jason Wallace Triefenbach, who wrote about local noiseniks Tone Rodent.

But before Triefenbach gets his official Radar Station-sanctioned say-so, a couple of notes on the contest's criteria seem appropriate. If we'd judged the contest on the basis of subject matter, on the degree to which the writer's tastes correspond to our own, we'd probably have picked someone else. But this is an essay contest, not an opinion contest, so we judged all submissions on the quality of the prose, not the good taste of the writer. By the same token, we didn't attach any weight to the fact that exactly half of all the entries we received sang the praises of one S. Eric Ketzer....
- Riverfront Times


"The Reality of Monday Morning" CD album has a collection of 9-cuts of smooth acid-folk-funk-n-roll for your soul. Perfect vocals and wonderful instrumentation. This group is ready to break out. We have sent a few copies to radio and will be getting those results very soon. "Been Down," "Palace Doors," "Monday Morning," and "Modern Cowboy" are the cuts I think will be topping those charts soon....
- Country Western Corner


EKe is an entertaining band with an engaging sound. Ketzer's creative vocals are casual yet inviting. Musically EKe creates an enchanting atmosphere of sound and lyric - giving the material artistic credibility and originality. With the exception of a few tracks, this album has wide commercial appeal and would accordingly garner positive interest if marketed to a suitable audience of music industry professionals including record labels both major and independent. - IMG Promotions


Eric Ketzer reconstructed his band and the results pose a slight recreation of what once existed. The nine tracks of The Reality of Monday Morning retain the acid-folk rock for which Eke is known and are jammy and lengthy. The shortest track, “Been Down,” comes in slightly over 4 minutes, while “Time Disappears” bleeds into a hidden shout-out to family and friends, making it register just a second shy of 18 minutes. Over the standardized instrumentation and graded jam constructions, Ketzer creates some poetic stories. His vocals are clear and resounding and the guitars are evenly split and distinguishable (thanks to crisp production by John John). Melodic basslines and busy drum work provide the ebb and flow - Playback Magazine


The term "singer songwriter" has lost its meaning. Sure, there are many lead vocalists who also write lyrics and music, but they’re not putting their hearts into it; they’re not giving of themselves, not opening up the world—theirs or ours—for deeper introspection. If you’re looking for the true poet, look no further than local artist S. Eric Ketzer. Ketzer’s 2002 release, Lost Angel, is a collection of poems sung as songs, each of them telling a story.

"Desolation Angel"—in Ketzer’s words, a tribute to Jack Kerouac—starts with a haunting, distorted guitar and never lets up, conveying a relentless sense of attempting to break free. "Dreams Come" is a pretty love song Ketzer wrote, watching his wife sleep. Despite the pain of a breakup in "When I Think it’s Over," the song itself is a bouncy jaunt with fast fretwork. A bit of a country influence infects songs such as "Sometimes" and "Modern Cowboy," lending texture to the disc overall. The swirling sound of "Sacrifice" is captivating, as well. As a closing point, "Lost Angel" is a beautiful song representing lone dancer as angel.

The inclusion of two spoken-word poems, "Baptismal" and "Reunion," detracts from the continuity of the music; while I enjoy Ketzer’s reading the first time through, on follow-up listens they seem to get in the way. However, they are but two songs; the remaining 12 will fill your soul, making you believe in God and the intricacies of life…making you want to grab a glass of wine and the one you love and dance like no one’s watching.
- Playback Magazine


Discography

Whiskey Daydream...2007
the reality of monday morning (EKe)...2005
Moments in Time (Eric Spokenword)...2004
Left Side of the River (EKe)...2003
Lost Angel (S. Eric Ketzer)...2002
Unfulfilled Desires (S. Eric Ketzer)...2000
Dear Diary (S. Eric Ketzer)...1999

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S. Eric Ketzer has been performing as a poet and singer/songwriter since 1993. He began on the coffee house circuit of San Diego and came of age in the Midwest clubs near St. Louis. After years of fronting successful regional bands, Eric Ketzer experiment (EKe) and Whiskey Daydream, in 2007, Eric returned to his roots and started playing solo again.

Since he began performing, Eric has recorded and released 7 full length CDs: 3 solo, 2 with the EKe, 1 with Whiskey Daydream, and 1 spokenword. His credits include making it to the Final 5 of the “Best Bands You are Not Listening To” contest, which was a national contest ran by the WB (now CW) TV Station. As the only solo performer, he took 2nd place in the Cal State San Marco Battle of the Bands. His bands have finished second in 4 separate battle of the bands (always the best man, never the groom…LOL). He has been features on several TV shows, including Show Me St. Louis, The Set, The Acoustic Cafe, The Acoustic Bean, and Midwest Music Explosion. His songs have been played on local, regional, and international radio. "Been Down," which was on EKe's "reality of monday morning" CD, was the most requested sound 2 weeks in a row in Sidney, Australia. Eric has also played several festivals including the Thirsty Melon Festival in Louisville, KY, LU-Palooza in St. Charles, MO, Earthday at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, MO, Garagestock in Salem, MO, 4th Annual Earthday Festival in Plano, TX, and the Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Dallas, TX. In 2005 Whiskey Daydream was nominated for the Best Americana Band in St. Louis by KDHX and Playback Magazine, and in 2006 Eric won the Artist of the Year award from DiMBy Productions.

Eric has performed at every major venue in the St. Louis region including the Pageant, Mississippi Night, Blueberry Hill, Cicero's, Lucas School House, etc., as well as held down monthly shows at Ten Mile House for years. Currently, he is focusing on smaller, intimate, venues, such as House Concerts and will play anywhere the road takes him. To date he has played in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, D.C., Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia