Eric started singing at the age of three, and by 13 was playing guitar and harmonica. Early musical influences included Credence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Isaac Hayes, Janis Joplin, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, and Neil Young.
After playing in garage bands and at high school dances and talent shows through his teen years in Schodack, NY, Eric was discovered at age 17 by a talent agent working with Nashville recording artist Mirinda (now known as Mirinda James). For three years, Eric performed with Mirinda and The American Country Band as master of ceremonies, playing rhythm and lead guitar, and providing lead and backing vocals. In 1987, Eric was nominated male vocalist of the year and The American Country Band won vocalist group of the year at the Northeast Country Music Association awards.
Following Eric's departure from Mirinda and The American Country Band, Eric played briefly with former bandmates Bob Sweet, Jr. and Alex Craig in a new band - Whitehorse. He then turned his focus from country music to rock and roll and the alternative sounds of the 90's, forming the group Uncle Wiggly and the Nightcrawlers and entertaining fans with music from Nirvana, Spin Doctors, Soul Asylum. Elvis Costello, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others.
As Uncle Wiggly, Eric continued to play music after relocating from New York's capital region to the Adirondacks and spawned (literally) a new trio, Live Bait, featuring Eric and his two children, Marlena and Tyler Peter.
More recently, Eric has been performing throughout upstate New York as a solo artist and playing together with the talents of Rocky and the Mooseknuckles (Rocky Petrocelli, Eric Peter, John DonVito, Charlie Vatalaro, and Mike Kelly, whenever possible).