Eric Weissberg

Considered by aficionados to be one of the best five-string banjo players ever, Eric Weissberg is equally deft on guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, dobro and fiddle. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and The Juilliard School, he was one of the founding fathers of the New York bluegrass trio The Greenbriar Boys, and a member of the group The Tarriers. As a top NY studio musician, Eric has done over eight thousand sessions, including jingles, movie tracks and records. He has played for a variety of artists including Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and John Denver. In 1967 he performed the world premiere of Earl Robinson's Concerto for Five-string Banjo, with Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Symphony. He had a number one single and album with "Dueling Banjos," the soundtrack from "Deliverance," which earned him two gold records and a Grammy. A winner of a multitude of awards, Eric has recently reappeared on the live music scene, singing and picking folk music in concert, solo and with The New Blue Velvet Band. For the last four years he has been the featured guitarist with Art Garfunkel's ensemble, touring worldwide.

Note: This information was posted to the web site when Eric appeared at our 12th Annual Benefit Weekend, January 31-February 2, 1999.