Aaron Neville Quintet / Neville Brothers
Best known for his long career as the guitarist for the Neville Brothers band, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Eric Struthers has played and recorded with some of the most celebrated artists in American music, including Michael McDonald, Jimmy Buffett, Béla Fleck, Kenny Rogers, Steve Miller, Joan Baez and Linda Ronstadt—to name just a few. As this list indicates, Eric's skills on guitar cross multiple genre boundaries and have led to him being an in-demand player for Country, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Reggae and R&B, both on the road and in the studio. A longtime touring musician as well, Eric has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno, The Arsenio Hall Show, Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, 48 Hours, CMT's Prime Time Country, as well as numerous Canadian, European and Japanese television specials. If that wasn’t enough, he's also played on feature films like Money Train (Sony Pictures) and Things To Do In Denver (Miramax Films).
When not touring or recording in the studio, Eric stays involved in a variety of educational endeavors. A regular instructor at Victor Wooten's music camps in Nashville, TN, Eric demonstrates his passion for passing on the knowledge and insight he's gained through his years of experience by offering a variety of master classes on guitar and performance to students from around the world. He also regularly accompanies legendary bassist and performer Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, etc.) via his Rhythm Intensive workshops. Indeed, Eric's rhythmic sensibility makes him a favorite guitarist among bass players and drummers in and out of Nashville and often leads to him being asked to join them on stage in impromptu settings.
With over 25 mainstream albums to his credit, Eric continues to demonstrate that he is a musician first—the electric guitar is merely his main way of expressing his creativity. His dedication to first and foremost “serving the song” through his instrument explains part of the reason Eric remains a highly sought after musician; the high level of skill which he possesses explains the rest. Presently, Eric is finishing up a soon-to-be-released solo album that features a host of amazing and renowned musicians, and he looks forward to hitting the road in support of it soon after.
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