Fun and wonderfully engaging, ESOEBO is the perfect choice not only for their vast, "everything but opera" setlist, but also for their musicianship and spontenaeity on stage.

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ESOEBO gets to play with some amazing musicians. Current and past players include Jonathan Cullifer-steel guitar/Kirk Sarkisian-drums/Ryan Robertson-bass/Scott Ehly-woodwinds and brass/James "Dr. Jams" Locher-mandolin/Derek Ferwerda-electric guitar/Wade Williams-electric guitar and bass/MIchael Robbins-electric guitar and bass/David Dworkin-drums/Elise Ziegenbein-fiddle/Tim Higgins-fiddle/Daniel Butman-fiddle/Mike Ziegenbein-bass

Band Members 

Chuck McDowell - Guitarist, Vocalist 
Gail Burnett - Cello, Vocalist 


ESOEBO (Eclectic Selections Of Everything But Opera) creates music with originality, cello, guitar, and unique vocals. A duo comprised of Gail Burnett and Chuck McDowell, they blend diverse backgrounds into crowd pleasing performances. The act expands with some of the most amazing musicians you will find anywhere. ESOEBO's first release, their critically acclaimed self-titled album ESOEBO, reflects the range and scope of their abilities whilst avoiding opera. Their second release, titled ESOEBO: Live and Overboard, is an eclectic and broadly appealing collection of live performances of roots/gospel music.  Their most recent release, The Journey (2015), is garnered interest further and wider and opened up new performance opportunities.  ESOEBO IV (2017) broke on to the Americana and AAA charts establishing ESOEBO's foothold as a national act. Their live performances are known for making people smile, laugh, cry, clap, sing, shout, and stomp.

"With a smooth and easy vocal style similar to Lyle Lovett and the sensibility of Loudon Wainwright III, McDowell is endlessly listenable" (No Depression)

"Chuck's songwriting is as deep and wide as the Mississippi River. Optimistic and sharply perceptive - it's just great stuff." (Jen Smith -Wood and Stone Music Blog)

"Chuck is a natural story teller through song and dresses them up with country and folk stylings. He is serious as the day is long in his pursuit of truth telling" (Darrell Scott, 6 time Grammy nominee, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Americana Song of the Year)

"Chuck McDowell is a hardworking, prolific songwriter with many amazing songs to his name. He's always ready to improve his already great game (Phil Madeira, producer, multi-instrumentalist, Grammy winner, Dove award winner, creator of Mercyland and Mercyland Songwriter Retreats)

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A FEW RECENT & Upcoming PERFORMANCES  view past shows

30A Songwriter Festival

Navarro Cantina Folk Alliance International

Wire and Wood Alpharetta Songwriting Festival

Duluth Fall Festival Kick-off Concert

The Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, GA 

Boudreaux's Cafe Acadiana, Duluth, GA 30097 

'cue at Peachtree Corners, GA

Dan Navarro, Phil Madiera, Chuck McDowell @ Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth, GA 

Dan Navarro, Phil Madeira, Chuck McDowell Songwriting Workshop 
Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth, GA 

Eddie Owen Presents ESOEBO 
Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth, GA 

Chuck Cannon and Chuck McDowell
Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth, GA 

Fox Theater
Atlanta, GA

Taste of Perimeter Perimeter Church 
Johns Creek, GA 

Songs for Kids  The Vinyl at
Center Stage, Atlanta, GA 

Offertory in Main Sanctuary 
Perimeter Church, Johns Creek, GA 

The Wine Festival  
The Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, GA 

Perimeter Christian School Fund Raising Auction
The Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, GA 

'cue in Milton, Milton, GA