Growing up, he listened to all kinds of music, ranging from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, to Scott Joplin and Bach. Before long, his ears wandered off and he found himself caught up with the folk sounds of the Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, and Jonatha Brooke and then later with Indian and Spanish masters like Zakir Hussain and Tomatito. He then began writing songs of his own. In that process, he transformed himself into a one of a kind guitar player, driven by alternative tunings. To date, heâ€™s written songs in nearly thirty different tunings, each one marking a different life experience and feel, each one carefully coordinated with the vibe of the song.
Ericâ€™s been performing in the Washington D.C. area for the last nine years. Heâ€™s appeared at the Birchmere, Iota Cafe, Blues Alley, HR-57, St. Elmoâ€™s Coffee Pub, The House of Musical Traditions, Takoma Park Folk Festival, and the North Dupont Circle Metro Shop. Heâ€™s had the honor to share the stage with Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, Willy Porter, Catie Curtis, and Tom Prasada-Rao, among others.
When heâ€™s not performing, he can be found teaching third grade at a local Elementary School, gaining insight and inspiration from his young students. When asked how his kids inspire him as a songwriter, he says, â€œInteracting with kids all day is amazing because it allows me to witness their raw creativity that is so often straight from the heart.â€
Ericâ€™s songs speak about common sentiments of people in the modern world. In â€œConversation with the Sniperâ€ he sings about the shooting rampage that took place near his hometown in Maryland in the fall of 2002:
Iâ€™d never blame anyone for feeling down,
thereâ€™s times this life is no more than a cage.
Whereas, in other songs, such as the title songs of both his solo CDâ€™s â€œBirdsong,â€ and â€œPenguins Rock the World,â€ Eric celebrates an over-the-top joy of being alive. It is this spectrum of emotions and inspirations that Eric brings to the table so openly and honestly with his songs. He is the kind of musician that is familiar to you the minute you hear him play, even if itâ€™s for the very first time.
Check out the artist's website:
1. The Bird Song
2. London Bridges
3. Dear Mary
4. Quentin's Wandering
5. Jack and Jill
6. A Fine Balance
7. Strange Love
9. The Yellow X
10. Wake Up
11. Faust in the New Day