The Upful LIFE Podcast Ep. 054: The Return of ERIC KRASNO [Soulive, The Assembly] + The Music Cellar fundraiser w/ Jonny G [lespecial]

Welcome back the great Eric Krasno! The Soulive guitarist, Lettuce co-founder, The Assembly bandleader, and producer extraordinaire. Kraz has been a very busy bee of late, forming a new band, releasing solo LP Always, plus marriage, fatherhood, a new crib and studio in LA, and hosting the popular Plus One podcast. Kraz’s Fall 2019 appearance on the Upful LIFE pod was quite well-received, so with all the exciting developments in his life and career, it feels like the perfect time to get up to speed with all things Eric Krasno.

Stick around at the end for The Music Cellar x Music Right campaign, an effort to raise funds for youth music education. DONATE HERE! 

  • 3:30  what’s poppin & a special shoutout 
  • 14:00Welcome Back KRAZ!
  • 21:30 – ERIC KRASNO interview
  • 2:03:00 The Music Cellar X Music Right w/ Jonny G of lespecial

* thumbnail photo: Aaron Bradley for Suwannee Hulaween

During the past couple of years, Krasno’s life and career began to evolve in major ways. Kraz credits his young family as the revelation and motivation behind this latest collection of songs. A cross-country move to LA, after 2 decades defining Brooklyn. Soon thereafter, a swiftly-prolific musical partnership between Kraz and Bay Area-based producer/multi-instrumentalist Otis McDonald, then creating Eric Krasno & The Assembly. Always finds Eric Krasno at a peaceful, introspective place in life and his career. What began as some innocuous demos of a Dylan cover blossomed into a full-fledged coalescing of musical souls. After the new album was in the can, the duo subsequently put together Eric Krasno & the Assembly, a squad that includes Upful LIFE pod alumnus Wil Blades.  In addition, we hear a bit about Kraz’s forthcoming new D’Angelico signature model guitar, his fondness for Hawaii, what’s next for Soulive, plus the nuts and bolts of going on tour in pandemic times.

The Music Cellar x Music Right fundraiser for children’s music education!


The Music Cellar is a space in central Millerton, NY dedicated to music education, operated by Jonny G of lespecial (ep.040). TMC offers private lessons on many different instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, and piano, as well as group lessons and “toddler jam” for younger children. In addition to lessons, they also offer recording sessions, rehearsal space, equipment rental, sound reinforcement services, and even podcast recording.

Music Right is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting music education initiatives. Scott Sacks shares their mission: collaborate with a growing network of incredible educators, musicians, business, individuals and community leaders to help shine a spot light on the incredible efforts of our partner programs of music education.


SCARY POCKETS ft. Vidya Vox, Eric Krasno & Otis McDonald

“telepatía” (Kali Uchis funk cover) 

Episode 054 bumper music provided by ECHT!


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