Country / Folk / Americana – In 1961 Eric was born in Chicago, IL. He came from a musical family and started playing guitar in 1972. His first band played at local talent shows and block parties.
In 1980 he started a band called “The Crickle” a tribute to the 1960’s “British Invasion.” The band played at clubs and colleges throughout the Midwest. In the late 80’s he started a recording studio called “The Farm” and recorded several original CD’s as well as releases for other Chicago area bands. “Crickle’s” albums charted nationally and were part of the “Paisley Underground” alternative music scene.
In 1992 McMann helped form “Underwater People” at the time one of Chicago’s top acts, playing at some of the most prestigious venues and fundraising events in the city. Erich helped write and record two albums with the band.
In 1998 Erich joined “American English” the internationally acclaimed tribute to “The Beatles.” While portraying George Harrison in the band he got the opportunity to travel around the world and during a tour of England recorded at Abbey Road Studios and played at the legendary “Cavern Club.”
In 2001 he relocated to rural Florida where he played with several classic rock bands and solo acoustic shows at area waterfront restaurants, bars and private events. His shows focused on 1970’s acoustic rock singers and traditional country artists.
In 2011 McMann moved back to Chicago to work full-time as a musician and has been gigging with several local bands including “The Shreds Of Evidence,” “Slow Hand,” “Just Enuff,” “The Everly Hillbillies,” “The Rockets,” and an original Country/Folk/Bluegrass side project with his sister and a few old High School friends called “Smith & McMann.”
As a songwriter Erich has had his material recorded and performed by emerging country artist “Brian Clayton,” “The R&B Brothers,” and “The Phil Angotti Band.”
Now McMann is completely focused on songwriting and recording. He see’s amazing opportunities with the advent of the “Digital Age” where artists can have their own pro quality studios and record labels. He is eager to write, record and perform with other artists as well as his own solo material. “The Last American Songbook” is his first solo album.