When not being a single Dad to four awesome daughters, spoiling his dog and cat (who thinks he's a dog), Eric is a sought-after artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist. After many years behind both the drumkit and mixing board, Eric has stepped out front, releasing his first solo, original music in 2020, including the “Do, Baby.” EP, as well as two singles: “Anxious Zen” and “Another Page.” In 2021, Eric has released the full-length record, "Where You Born At?" as well as the singles, “Orbit," "Arise" and "The Lean Years."
Roots Music Report listed Eric’s EP "Do, Baby." in the TOP 50 of their National TOP CONTEMPORARY FOLK ALBUM CHART's "Best of 2020." His songs "Conversational Snow," "Part of It," "Patiently," " Throw It All Away," "The Old Way," "The First Taste" and "Another Page" all made their "BEST SINGLES CHART OF 2020” as well.
In 2021, Eric was named a "Finalist" by the WAMMIE AWARDS for "Best Folk Artist" and his "Do, Baby." record was also named a "Finalist" for "Best Folk Album," "Best Pop Album" and "Best Rock Album."
Eric has performed live and recorded with many talented artists, including:
Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago, Our Native Daughters), Billy Thompson (Little Milton, Albert King, Art Neville), Don Chapman (Firefall's Larry Burnett & Rick Roberts, America), Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie, The Allman Brothers, Sonny Rollins, Tedeschi/Trucks), Daryl Johnson (The Neville Brothers, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, U2, Bob Dylan), James East (Elton John, Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton), Warner Williams (Piedmont blues legend, 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Winner), Drink Small (Piedmont blues legend, 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Winner), Bill Payne (Little Feat, J.J. Cale, The Doobie Brothers), Lenny Castro (Adele, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder) and Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker), to name a few.
Awards and Endorsements
Eric has been named Blue411‘s Drum Thumper “Jimi” Award winner, been nominated for multiple WAMMIE awards, inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, #1 on Blues411‘s charts multiple times and was featured in Modern Drummer for his approach and perspective in their “Drummer Blogs.”
Eric is a Soul Stew Records recording artist and endorses: SonoTone Premium Guitar & Bass Strings, Canopus Drums, Soultone Cymbals, Tycoon Percussion, The Grombal-Cymbal Accessories, CymbalChief, BEATO Bags and Ahead Drumsticks and is a DrumART showcased artist