Portugal. The Man just won a Grammy for their hand-tapping, shoulder-shaking, endlessly addictive song “Feel It Still.” Guitarist Eric Howk happens to use a wheelchair and certainly knows how to rock a tune that just makes you want to move. Portugal. The Man scored a global hit this year with their nouveau social protest song "Feel It Still." Hailed by Hoda Kotb on national TV, co-opted for Vitamin Water and iPad commercials, and recently performed by the band on "Conan" and "Jimmy Fallon," the certified gold single has transformed the band from a cult favorite to a major musical force, and ultimately lead them to win a Grammy on January 28, 2018. Portugal.
'Feel it Still.' the song took on a life of its own in a really cool way. Howk, who currently lives in Seattle said. "I couldn't ask for a better group of friends to do this with. I've got two guys in the band that I grew up with. You can't invent that sort of familiarity. We're all going through this insane sort of moment together collectively and doing our best to keep each other in check and keep perspective." The two guys to whom Howk refers are Portugal co-founders and fellow Wasillians John Gourley (guitar and lead vocals) and Zach Carothers (bass), who formed the band in Wasilla in 2004. The band currently has a total of eight studio albums.
Howk is an alumnus of Snowshoe Elementary, Wasilla Middle Schoo,l and Wasilla High School. Howk, who suffered a paraplegic injury 10 years ago, is using his experience and influence to advocate for fellow Americans with disabilities. In 2017, Howk was asked to record online and radio PSAs for the National Telecommuting Institute, a nonprofit founded in 1995. The institute connects Americans with disabilities with job opportunities.