Eric Rupert has been privileged to work with rock, pop, jazz, country and Broadway/West End talents for almost 30 years. Growing up in Springfield, Ohio Eric began as a tuba player, when orchestra conductor John Smarelli urged Eric to take up the double bass, and then everything changed. Getting to study with Ray Brown on jazz double bass and Jeff Andrews on electric bass really motivated him to move forward as a bassist. Starting in the late 80’s at age 19 in Dr. John’s Band moving to touring with Dizzy Gillespie then on to Broadway shows with Joel Grey, Michael Crawford and Byron Nease. The early 90’s in Detroit playing behind Earl Klugh and sitting in with Bob James honing his electric bass chops while a member of Earl Van Dyke’s band (Funk Brothers keyboardist fame). The mid 90’s while living in Nashville Eric jumped at the chance to record and tour with Dolly Parton. Working as a sideman 20 years behind artist from Roger Daltry, Slash, Hiram Bullock, Chris Difford, The Rembrandts, Phil Woods, Rodney Jones, Bernard “Pretty” Purdy to name too many. Moving to London in the late 2000’s Eric has enjoyed playing bass in the studio, live gigs around UK/Europe and producing new artist for several labels. Erichas just finished recording and is ramping up for a summer tour with Cy Curnin (the Fixx) and loads of festivals. Endorser and Clinician for Ibanez Basses, Laney Amps, Mad Professor Pedals.
Eric began using and endorsing Rotosound Strings in 1988 and has used them on one bass or another since. Eric uses RS66, RS88, RS55, NXB45 and RS4000 on his various fretted, fretless and double basses.
Photos by Liam Young