Eric Howk

Photo by Maclay Heriot

Eric Howk misses his dog and the Seattle home they share. As the guitarist for hit band Portugal. The Man, Howk has been on the go so much for the last 18 months, he has barely had time to see either. In fact, he has spent so much time on the road that the Uber app on his phone is convinced he lives in The LINE Hotel in Los Angeles.

Howk estimates that between concerts, media bookings and other gigs, he made more than 365 appearances, all over the world, in the last year alone. Among the highlights, the band brought the house down with a performance at last November’s American Music Awards and then surprised even themselves when they won Best Pop/Duo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in January.

Such is the life of a rock star. And after a whirlwind year that saw the band skyrocket from indie sensation to mainstream success, that is exactly what Howk, 36, has become. It’s a life Howk has stubbornly pursued since he was a teenage guitar prodigy in Wasilla, Alaska — not so much the Grammy and the fame, but making great music and touring the world with friends.

“It’s a damn good life. Even when it’s terrible, it’s all r