Eric Lewis is a multi-talented man from West Plains, Mo. Beginning his music career at age 15 and with the 50+ years of music experience, has developed a lifetime career in country and bluegrass music and the best quality musicians in the bluegrass business.
Eric has played in several states, and with many of the known names in the bluegrass business as,
Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Allison Krauss, Doyle Lawson and
many others. Eric has had the privilege to perform at Opryland and the Gibson Bluegrass Show
He has been instrumental in promoting the career of several people in the music business and
promoting concerts and festivals, booking agent for the group. He has won numerous awards.
Eric writes songs and has had an offer from personalities as Doyle Lawson to record his songs,
his first band was formed in 1981, called Southern Grass and after a few years was changed
because of hearing of other groups by the same name. It was changed to Southern Missouri
Bluegrass. Eric started out in the country band, Erma Lee and the Hilltoppers.
Eric plays a 1971 D35 Martin
he has had for 20 years.
Eric had his own live television show at Salem, Arkansas each Monday night, live on channel 30 and on internet and also syndicated world wide 2000 to 2009. With many guests on Tri Mountain Television
Performed for 54 years; Many years in band developement
Played with many known names in bluegrass. Developed and produced his own live television show, which was seen on the West Plains, MO channel 38 each week. Written a number of songs. President of the George D. Hay Society. Performed on the stage at Jerusalem Ridge, Rosine, KY home of Bill Monroe. Appeared on the Cumberland Highlander show on the national RFD-TV network, and a Kentucky Colonel
Eric Lewis, President of the George D. Hay Society here
presented Louise and Earl Scruggs a lifetime achievement
award at the Country Music Hall of Fame at Nashville, TN
on March 10, 2005 at the Banjo Man Exhibit for Earl
Eric (left back) with
the group at the
Showcase 2000 at
Colonel Eric Lewis, (far right) playing at the Jerusalem Ridge festival at the Bill Monroe homeplace at Rosine, KY, 2002
Eric Lewis (far right) with his band, Southern Missouri Bluegrass at the
Mountain Music Jubilee at West Plains, Mo their hometown, playing front
for Bill Monroe and Jim & Jesse in 1983.
Colonel Eric Lewis, (guitar) playing front show for Pam Tillis at the Bull Shoals Theater at Bull Shoals, Arkansas on May 2, 2006.
Eric Lewis, left with his other musicians from Ohio, Charlie Hoskins,
banjo, Jim Rigsby, bass and Gerald Evans, fiddle. at the Legends of
Bluegrass festival at Columbia, MS October 12, 2006
Performing at the Lester Flatt Memorial park at Otto, Arkansas
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Birth place of Colonel Eric Lewis, a cabin in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri 1943