5 Questions: Songwriter Eric Chial

Eric Chial is a singer-songwriter in Chicago. When he’s not performing with one of his many bands he’s serving as the owner/operator of Montrose Saloon in Chicago.

You can keep track of his musical projects at one of the following:

The Bon Mots:

Decoy Prayer Meeting


1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
Late stage capitalism, anti-intellectualism, endemic functional illiteracy, and the accelerating fall of empire. 

Live at Montrose Saloon

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
Heard:  Luke Jackson from England’s recent solo set at Montrose Saloon; a young songwriter and singer of incredible power and range who was vaguely reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and even Fairport Convention, of all the damn fool things.  
Seen:  A teenage boy helping a very old, and observably infirm and halting lady cross a busy street – without her getting run down by one of countless texting SUV drivers. 

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
I’ve been working on getting a set of tunes by Ben Vogel, a recent arrival to Chicago from Austin, Texas, and a quite sophisticated songwriter, guitar wunderkind, and ace singer, together with my son Gustaf on drums, myself playing the bass. 

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
I didn’t come here and I’m not leaving (they called the cops, but I’m hard to find).