Eddie Eberle is a true child of the Arizona music scene. The guitarist-singer has been embraced by producer Curtis Grippe of Dead Hot Workshop. Eberle has toured with Roger Clyne, and local rockers The Black Moods—singer Josh Kennedy, drummer Chico Diaz and bassist Jordan Hoffman—took him under their wing.
“I met Josh, Chico and Jordan when I was 13 through our producer Curtis Grippe,” says Eberle, who is 19. “Being 13, not a lot of producers would take us seriously. He believed in me. Curtis introduced me to everybody—The Black Moods, Roger Clyne and the whole Arizona scene. It all goes back to him.”
Eberle is now embraced by fans around the Valley, as he performs solo and with his group, Eddie and the Getaway—drummer/vocalist Christian Champion; keyboardist/vocalist Josh Rose; and bassist Milo Charbel. Eberle will play Sunday, December 8, at State Farm Stadium’s Bubble Lounge, and 3 p.m. Sundays in December at The Vig DC Ranch in Scottsdale.
Grippe is just as enamored.
“Eddie is one of my favorite people—not just musician or client, but people,” he says. “He is wise beyond his years and has a natural work ethic that matches his incredible talents as both a musician and a performer. He has made some cool friends like Roger Clyne and Josh Kennedy and had some really nice early success, but his humility and eagerness to learn about all aspects of music writing, recording and performing are what keeps him grounded and growing. He’s just got a really level head and some really good energy and is an absolute joy to work on music with.”
Kennedy admires Eberle’s drive and talent and believes he’ll strike big outside of the Valley.
“My advice is to all the local musicians: Be as nice as you can to him now so he’ll let you open for him someday,” he says.
Once known as Analog Outlaws, Eddie and the Getaway takes pop music, twists it and spits out a fun, relatable sound. This latest single, “It’s Not Me (It’s You)” does just that.
“The whole point of writing music is to escape,” he says. “I felt like the new name was freeing and it gives a vibe of what the music is going to be like.”
Eberle is working on an album with Grammy-winning producer John Karkazis (Plain White T’s, Disturbed, Pop Evil), whom he says challenges him.
“He pushed me the first time I met him one and a half years ago,” he said. “What I love about him is he doesn’t sugarcoat anything. People who sugarcoat just waste your time, like telling you you’re great when there’s room to grow.
“Johnny K kept me to a high standard, in terms of writing my lyrics and playing guitar. I owe him a lot. The cool thing about Johnny is he’s so open to hearing new songs. When I write it and get the thumb of approval, it’s really cool.”
Eberle met Karkazis through The Black Moods, who found success with the Top 40 rock singles “Whatcha Got,” “Bad News” and “Bella Donna.” He produced the three tracks.
Kennedy showed Eberle how to be a frontman, the teen says.
“I studied his songs and the way Josh write his big choruses,” Eberle says. “I can’t thank those guys enough. They see something in me.”
An ASU sophomore studying business entrepreneurships, Eberle says Karkazis presses him to get a specific emotion.
“He’ll mess with your brain a little to get an emotion through your voice,” he syas. “When I record slower songs, we’ll look up pictures of things and really try to pull that emotion through that recording. He’s really good at figuring out how to channel people’s emotions.”
Eberle was born in suburban Detroit, lived in Birmingham, Michigan, and then moved to the Valley in 2009. He graduated from Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale in 2018. He picked up the guitar at age 7, when he was unfamiliar with Arizona music.
“There is such a great heritage of bands who have come out of here,” he says. “Whether it’s Roger Clyne, the Refreshments, Gin Blossoms, Dead Hot Workshop—that whole Mill Avenue scene of the late 1990s.
“It inspired me and improved the way I think about music. I wouldn’t be the same if I hadn’t been here.”
Eddie and the Getaway