Eric has been writing, singing, and playing music for about as long as he can remember. Sure, there were piano lessons at age 6, but it all really started when his parents, hoping it would be an outlet for his nervous energy, bought him a drum set for his 9th birthday. A few years later, he found a mountain dulcimer in his uncle's living room, and his musical adventure started in earnest.
Since then, Eric has written and performed songs on the dulcimer and drums for various projects, including a guest appearance on Quintin Stephen's dulcimer album, "Pathways" in 2005, writing and recording soundtracks for several independent short films, working with many talented artists in the studio, and producing three studio albums with the San Antonio folk-rock band, Jasper's Cast. You can find more on the "Projects" page.
Currently, Eric is living and playing music in Dallas, TX, where he recently moved from Seattle, WA. He teaches dulcimer lessons and has recently recorded and self-released his second solo dulcimer album, "Parentheticals (an album)." He also sings lead and plays guitar and dulcimer in the folk-ternative band, Prairie Mountain Brothers.
He has performed and taught dulcimer lessons at the Colorado Dulcimer Festival, Kindred Gathering, Lone Star Dulcimer Festival, and Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, and was named the 2019 Lone Star Mountain Dulcimer Champion.
Eric is available for studio sessions, collaborations, lessons and performances. Just send him a message through the "Contact" page here on his website.
"Eric Elliott’s new album is evocative and excellent. This is a mountain dulcimer player (both acoustic and electric) … and guitar, bass, piano, drum, and percussion player, but don’t forget composer, arranger and singer … to watch. Now everyone, get busy figuring out how to accomplish all this seamlessly before you’re 30 years old. It’s young players like Eric that inspire the dulcimer community to greater heights just by being thoughtful and skillful musicians themselves. Thanks Eric!” -Bonnie Carol, award-winning mountain and hammered dulcimer musician, instructor, and builder
“Find your fix of bluegrass-influenced jamming with Jasper's Cast. These four young musicians wield mandolins and dulcimers like they were flying Vs and pass up angst in favor of good-vibe harmonies.” -Callie Enlow, San Antonio Magazine