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 / vocalist Tom Arbisi. When that splintered in 2013, guitarist Tim Garrett found Tom through a CraigsList ad, and the two started playing as The Acoustic Onion 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. Shortly after that drummer Tom Ansink showed up with a cocktail kit, rounding out the original lineup.

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 stepped away to begin making retirement plans, ushering 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 friend and long-time 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 for Tom, who beat some very long odds while working his way back. The band unanimously decided to keep Ebert on full-time, building new and more challenging arrangements and vocals into the set. Even long-time fans considered the new unit the best ever. When Nichols departed in mid 2019, Ansink returned for a few months while wrapping up his plans to head for the Outer Banks permanently. The band held auditions throughout early 2020 and welcomed Anthony Novak to the drum seat in February.

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.