Grammy Award winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have performed, recorded and touring together for over 31 years with 19 albums to their credit. Traveling to as many as 50 concert venues a year, they are friends who enjoy each other's company and truly love making music. Eric and Nancy began their collaboration in1985. Their debut album, The Gift, quickly became a holiday classic. The next 20 years saw countless reviews including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Billboard and number one debuts on radio charts. In 1998, American Acoustic was honored as "Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year." A Carnegie Hall appearance in 2000. And in 2003 they received a Grammy Award for "Acoustic Garden." Nancy grew up in San Antonio, Texas and continued her musical education at Northwestern University where she became interested in ethnomusicology, improvisation and dance. She was a member of the Paul Winter Consort for several years prior to her move to the Pacific Northwest. Eric grew up in Seattle and attended Western Washington University where he was trained in the Segovian classic guitar tradition. He is a product of influences like Led Zeppelin, Hawaiian slack key guitar, Ravi Shankar and Martin Denny.
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