Eric Olson, nicknamed "Oly," grew up in a small town on the St. Croix River (Stillwater) just outside Minneapolis, MN. Oly started playing drums at age 11, which is apparent in his rhythmic guitar playing. Oly began his professional singer/songwriter career in Colorado, where he founded the band Tunnel 6 in 1995. Touring successfully throughout CO, the band released its first album, "Tunnel 6," in 1997. In 2002 Oly released a solo acoustic album, "Holly Would," with producer(friend) Brad Witham. In 2004, Tunnel 6 was replaced by Oly's next project, Stereomaid, again fronted by Oly and featuring his original songs and unique blend of rock, folk and punk. In 2008, Stereomaid released "The Little Things that Come Between Us," produced by Greg McRae (Rose Hill Drive, Flobots). Notable shows included the Roxy in Hollywood, supporting Porcupine Tree at the Fox Theater in Boulder and helping causes important to Oly with a number of benefit shows. Oly also co-founded and fronted a popular 80’s tribute band, Huge in Germany, from 2004-2009, which opened for Jefferson Starship and Country Joe McDonald.
Oly returned to his Minneapolis roots in 2011 and continues to play music. In a nod to the great 70's rock that has always influenced his musicianship, Stereomaid released a two song 7" vinyl record produced by Minneapolis freelance producer Ed Ackerson (Golden Smog, the Replacements) in 2012.
Stereomaid is a rock band started in 2004, high in the Rocky Mountains of Winter Park, Colorado. Stereomaid's first album has been described as a "Tasty" mid-'70's, "Rock" biscuit with some creamy "Pop" drizzle. Yummy! Since 2005 Stereomaid has been playing from the west coast of California to the shores of Chicago and other land masses in between. The current line up of Stereomaid is Eric Olson aka "Oly" (guitar and vocals) Russ Dufresne (bass, guitar & vocals) and Erin Kaste (drums) all from Stillwater, Minnesota.
Stereomaid's debut album The Little Things That Come Between Us was released in December of 2008. The album was recorded and produced by Greg McRae in Denver, Colorado and featured Oly and former band mate Beau Skogen (guitar) "Tunnel 6" on much of the record, along with various friends and Colorado musicians. Stereomaid's song "Hello" is part of the Slope Side Production This Side of Berthoud Volume I. The Band's song "Someday" was selected to be on Deep South Entertainment's release Deep 6. Stereomaid's song "Pocket Knife" is part of the This Side of Berthoud Volume II from Colorado based Slope Side Productions. Stereomaid spent a couple days in December of 2011 working on a couple new tunes at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota with producer Ed Ackerson. The band continues to play shows in 2016 and hopes to see you at a performance in your town or ours, very soon.
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Denver Music Hall, supporting Sister 7, 1998
Benefit hosted by Olympic Gold medalist Jonny Mosley, 1999
Fox Theatre Bolder CO, supporting Porcupine Tree, 2005
Feature article in "Skiing Magazine" (Huge in Germany), 2006
Opener for Jefferson Starship, Rock n' Ride, 2006
Riverfest, Fraser CO, 2009
Supporting Lucas Nelson, 2009
Roxy Theater, Hollywood CO, 2011
Supporting Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons
Stereomaid: The Little Things That Come Between Us – This album is like a tasty, little, mid-'70's, "Rock" biscuit with some creamy "Pop" drizzle. "In a Lifetime" and "Someday" are standouts, and show how good this band can be. Refreshingly original arrangements and above par, relaxed-sound production, throughout. Singer, Oly, can rock his voice a la Bob Mould, or smooth it like Adam Duritz. Nice use of pedal steel in "Holly Would." "Mother Freedom" gets a little noodley, but they get their hard-rocking point across. Overall, I'd stop the dial on their songs as I cruise up I-70 on a weekend ski trip with a mellow buzz on, and thinking about good times…yeah…good times!
– Doug Anderson, Colorado Music Buzz