• Featured in Modern Drummer
  • Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame
  • "Live Album of the Year" from Blues411
  • Blue411‘s Drum Thumper “Jimi” Award winner
  • ​#1 on Blues411‘s charts multiple times
  • ​​Top 35 on Roots Music Report
  • WAMMIE nominee for Blues/Traditional R&B Recording of the Year for "Friend" by the Billy Thompson Band
  • ​WAMMIE nominee for Blues/Traditional R&B Recording of the Year for "Live at B.B. King's Bluesville" by Lil Bit a Blues
  • ​​Blues411 nominee for Best Blues/Roots Release of the Year for "Delaware to the Delta" by Norman Taylor

Playing drums since he was 9-years-old, Eric has played music most of his life. From jazz to rock to orchestra to fusion to funk to blues to Celtic, Eric has been blessed to perform throughout the United States with some incredibly talented artists on all spectrums of musical genres. 

  • Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker)
  • Warner Williams
  • James East
  • Jay Summerour
  • Mary Shaver
  • Robert Lighthouse
  • Linwood Taylor
  • Eleanor Ellis (Flora Molton, Archie Edwards)
  • Chris Biondo (Eva Cassidy, Chuck Brown)
  • Abigail Selby



  • House of Blues-FL
  • Greenwood Blues Cruise-SC
  • Beale Street Blues Festival
  • Colonial Beach Blues Festival-VA
  • Washington Folk Festival-DC
  • Carolina Downhome Blues Festival-SC
  • Western Maryland Blues Festival-MD
  • New York State Blues Festival-NY
  • Paoli Blues Festival-PA
  • Winchester Blues Festival-VA


Eric has performed at:

  • NPR’s Mountain Stage-WV
  • B.B. King Blues Club-NY
  • House of Blues & Rosa’s Lounge-IL
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival
  • The Bayou-DC
  • Belly Up-San Diego
  • Humphreys Concerts by the Bay-CA
  • 9:30 Club-DC
  • Blues Alley-DC

Eric has performed with:

  • Billy Thompson (Little Milton, Albert King, Art Neville)
  • Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie, The Allman Brothers, Sonny Rollins, Tedeschi/Trucks)

  • Daryl Johnson (The Neville Brothers, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, U2, Bob Dylan)

  • Gary Talley (The Box Tops, Willie Nelson, David Alan Coe)

  • Charlie Sayles (Pete Seeger, Bill Monroe)

  • James East (Elton John, Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton)

  • Jay Summerour (Starland Vocal Band, Nils Lofgren, Little Bit A Blues)

  • Guy Davis

  • Warner Williams (Piedmont blues legend, 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Winner)

  • Robert Lighthouse

  • ​Drink Small (Piedmont blues legend, 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Winner)

  • Abigail Selby & Eric Selby

  • Ursula Ricks

  • Arlington Concert Orchestra.

  • Lisner Auditorium-DC
  • Michelob Dayton Blues Festival-OH
  • Pennsylvania Blues Festival-PA
  • San Diego Blues Festival-CA
  • Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • The Music Center at Strathmore-MD
  • The Kennedy Center-DC


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Eric has recorded with:

  • Billy Thompson
  • Bill Payne (Little Feat, J.J. Cale, The Doobie Brothers)
  • Ron Holloway
  • Lenny Castro (Adele, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder)
  • James “Hutch” Hutchinson (Ringo Starr, Bonnie Raitt, Neville Brothers)
  • Kenny Gradney (Little Feat, Delaney & Bonnie)
  • ​Phil Wiggins (2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Winner)

  • Abigail Palmer Group – “Shedding Shadows”
  • Abigail Palmer Group – “Abigail Palmer Group”
  • Laura Belle – “Keep Walking”
  • ​Les Hatley - "Chocolate"
  • Little Bit A Blues – “Live at B.B. King’s Bluesville”
  • Memphis Gold – “Pickin’ In High Cotton”
  • Norman Taylor – “D2D – Acoustic”
  • Norman Taylor – “Delaware to the Delta”




“Eric Selby is one of the most reliable and honorable people I’ve ever met in the music industry. It’s a pleasure to work with someone who not only can play the kit but also has the energy to see all jobs to fruition. He’s cookin’!”
–Billy Thompson
Papa Lee & Soul Stew Recording Artist

“…Eric Selby beats the drums like they owe him money.”
–Chefjimi Patricola

“The drumming has taken me all over the place. I’ve heard a lot of different influences in the drumming and then you add the harp to that with your voice, it creates this tapestry of almost a larger group of being in front of you.”
– David Muse, WPFW-FM, commenting on Abigail Palmer & Eric Selby

“…he would rather beat the rest of his life out with a pair of sticks… . He is one of the Washington Metropolitan’s best.”
–Memphis Gold
Stackhouse Recording Artist

“Eric paints a snare drum like he was Rembrandt.”
–Big Al Chidester
KRFP, 90.3 FM

“Eric Selby, seemingly caught in a blues-inspired trance, was flawless on drums…”
–Karen Watkins
MoCo Scene