Best known for his long career as the guitarist for the Neville Brothers band, Eric Struthers has played and recorded with some of the most celebrated artists in American music, including Michael McDonald, Jimmy Buffett, Bela 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 Johnny Carson, Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno, 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 for feature films like Money Train (Sony Pictures) and Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead (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, 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 twenty-five 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. Eric’s dedication to first and foremost “serving the song” through his instrument explains part of the reason he remains a highly sought after musician; the high level of skill which he does so explains the other part. Presently, he 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.
"The new Zoom G5n is versatile, easy to program and sounds great live and in the studio!"
ERIC'S CUSTOM G5n PATCHES
- Gig 1 - When in stomp mode this patch simulates a pedal board with a selection of pedal I use regularly on tour. Tube Screamer, Compressor, Chorus, Delay, Wah Pedal, amongst others.
- Leslie - Uses the expression pedal to control the speed of rotation of a Leslie cabinet.
- MST - Useful crunchy sound utilizes TubeScreamer and Fender Twin amp.
- FunkRhythm - Combines a Chorus and Compressor for a tight, clean rhythm sound commonly found in Funk and R&B tunes.
- TimeWarp - The Expression pedal is assigned to Delay time. Moving the pedal while playing creates a warp of time as well as notes.
- h2oSmoke - Overdriven Marshall sound similar to Deep Purple's biggest hit.
- Doowop - Classic Fender amp sound with Reverb and Vibrato found often in the 50's doowop style.
- SoloBuild - Expression pedal assigned to the gain section of a Distortion pedal. The more you press down the dirtier the sound allowing you to build your solo from a whisper to a scream.
- Wes - Warm fat Jazz sound a-la the great guitarist Wes Montgomery.
- TalkBox- Talking modulator sound made by CRY stomp.
- CmInsanity- Nice tricky sound with Sequence Filter and HPS stomp effect.
- AutoFunk - Auto-Wah combined with compression to give more control to volume changes inherent with auto wah pedals.
- Franknfunk - Auto-Wah combined with Octave Box for extreme fatness.
- WhamyWah - Filtered Whammy sound utilizes Monaural Pitch-shifter.
- EricSolo - My most commonly used solo sound. Tube Screamer set for drive, but still clean enough to distinguish notes with a Rack Compressor for sustain and combined with Reverb.
- EchoContrl - Expression pedal assigned to number of echoes instead of delay time allowing you to go from subtle delay to drenched echo.
- DelayLoop - This patch features Hold Delay stomp for Loop function.
- VariLoop - In stomp position, a variety of effects before the Looper so that you can build loops with different sounds on each pass.
- Rock - My version of a hard rock overdriven sound combining distortion with a 4x12 cabinet.
- Satisfaxun - Overdriven Vox sound a la the early Rolling Stones hit.
- Stones - Classic Rolling Stones rhythm sound.
- MultiDelay - Combination of three different type delay effects. Excellent for single-note or arpeggio-style play.
Check out some samples of Eric's custom patches for April 2016 in the video above.