History of The Acoustic Onion (About Us)

The Acoustic Onion began life as The Glass Onion Band, an all-electric outfit founded by guitarist/bassist and lead vocalist Tom Arbisi. When that splintered in 2013, Tom found guitarist Tim Garrett through a CraigsList ad, and the two started playing as The Acoustic Onion on Thursday nights at Tru-Luv’s restaurant on Sophia Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Dave Guzman gradually joined on bass and vocals, which held the band together with three-part harmonies and some bottom end, and shortly after that drummer Tom Ansink showed up with a cocktail kit, rounding out the Acoustic Onion’s original iteration.

The foursome landed multiple residencies at prestigious area venues and garnered awards that included Finalist status in the Free Lance-Star’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Band.

In the summer of 2018, Ansink began making plans to head for the Outer Banks, easing Dave Nichols into the band. Meanwhile Guzman, who wanted to devote more time to songwriting and family, stepped aside after handing off bass duties to long-time friend and Onion sub player Paul Frields.

Over Christmas 2018, Tom Arbisi’s emergency medical issues forced him to step aside. Co-founder Garrett took the reins and recruited Douglas Ebert to cover front man duties while Tom, beating nearly impossible odds, worked his way back to full strength. The band unanimously decided to keep Ebert on full-time, building new and more challenging arrangements and vocals into the set, and even long-time fans considered the new unit the best ever. In summer of 2019, when Nichols moved on from the band to pursue full-time solo performing, original drummer Tom Ansink temporarily came to the rescue while wrapping up plans for his permanent departure from the band in early 2020.

Inspired by sounds of the 1960s and 1970s, the Acoustic Onion plays music we all grew up with and love. We’ll have you singing along, remembering great times from the past.