Rhythm and Blues guitar based American Rootsy Soul meets Modern Indie Pop-Rock ; think Stevie Ray Vaughn, Danny Gatton and Buddy Guy meet Jack White/The Raconteurs, Beck and Jeff Buckley.
Fans of Rhode Island musical theater will remember Eric as guitarist in Trinity Rep's 'Thunder Knocking on The Door' and 'Nickel and Dimed' , as well as Perishable Theater's banjo and mandolin player for 'Year of the Baby'. More recently Eric has performed "The Full Monty", "Rocky Horror Show" and "Violet" at Courthouse Center for The Arts , where he also debuted this new CD for his release party .
A multiple category nominee several years in a row in both The Providence Phoenix and R.I. Motif's Best Music Polls (Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year), Eric has been a full time musician since graduating from Berklee College of Music, and has performed as a solo artist opening for such notables as Ben Folds, They Might Be Giants, Kristen Hirsh, Tanya Donelly, Jason Mraz, Howie Day and Deer Tick.
As a session musician and assistant recording engineer , Eric has worked in the studio with Barbra Streisand, No Doubt, The Dropkick Murphys, The Amazing Royal Crowns, members of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and the late great fiddle legend Johnny Cunningham.
Also a touring musician , Eric has done extensive road work with Bruce Springtseen and The E-Street Band's saxophonist "The Big Man" Clarence Clemons, as well as E-Street guitarist Nils Lofgren. Currently, Eric also plays in modern rock band Hope Anchor, featuring Paul Everett of The Blizzard of '78 on vocals, and former Green Day backup guitarist Terry Linehan.
"Studies in R + B" is a musical road trip of various eras, geographical locations and styles of American Rhythm and Blues music , as seen through the eyes of a modern indie pop-rock mutt. CAN the influences of Elvis Costello, Paul Westerburg, The Beatles , Beck, Rilo Kiley , Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, Jon Brion and The Monkees meet Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Sam Cooke , B.B. King, Otis Redding , Etta James, Buddy Guy , Big Mama Thorton and Stevie Ray Vaughn successfully?
Tracked, mixed and mastered by the great Rob Pemberton; www.robpemberton.com . Featuring drummer Vinnie Pagano, bassist Thomas Brinkley and pianist Keith Munslow, plus mega-horn men Eric Bloom on trumpet and Gordon "Sax" Beadle on tenor and bari sax.