Eddie Brooks, acknowledged boomer and a popular, Maryland blue grass and Americana street musician, taught himself how to play the harmonica in his early 20’s while in college and then learned guitar after receiving one for Christmas. He has never turned back, saying, “Music is my life.”
He is a self-taught musician who admits he was a poor student and was in and out of college a few times until he graduated with a teaching degree and eventually taught school for a few years in Virginia Beach.
“That was the last real job I had,” said Eddie, who has been performing at restaurants, bars, colleges, tourist destinations such as Fells Point, the Kennedy Center and on street corners.
He said, “Some of the most gratifying performances are ones on street corners with 15 to 20 people enjoying his music.”
This group consists of Eddie, the lead guitarist and vocalist; Bassist Doug McNamara, and drummer Tom Schmidt. Eddie also formed another band a few years ago, “Nickel-Plated Angel” with Shelly Younkins, who plays acoustic and electric guitar and sings as well. Nickel-Plated Angel is an “Acoustic country male/female duo heavily influenced by both classic and new country sounds,” said Eddie.
While Eddie still plays on weekend evenings he spends most of his week teaching young people how to read music and play guitar. He loves to write and perform blue grass because it is music that “I can play well into my senior years,” said Eddie.
His house in Mt. Airy, MD is equipped with a recording studio where he records all of his own music. He also teaches his classes in his home. You can reach Eddie Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow his Sidewalk Mule Facebook page to keep up to date on his activities. Keep up to date with Nickel-Plated Angel on their Facebook page too.