Eric Butcher began songwriting in his teens and he played guitar in a garage-rock band named R.U.O.K.? for several years. Growing up, he was steeped in the folk music of the 20th century and was heavily influenced by artists such as, Bob Dylan; Woody Guthrie; Phil Ochs; Arlo Guthrie; Pete Seeger; Tom Paxton; Leadbelly; Peter, Paul, and Mary; as well as The Beatles; The Byrds; The Rolling Stones; Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; Tom Petty, and so many others. After working in the dulcimer shop at Dollywood, his interest in Old-time string music was piqued and he went acoustic. In his 20’s, Eric partnered with Brian Hughlett to form the folk/rock duo, Damaged in Transit. They played many venues in East Tennessee, including: the now defunct McGhee’s Irish Pub, Bird’s Eye View, and 11th Street Expresso House; The Down Home in Johnson City, and Durty Nelly’s in Chattanooga. Eric co-wrote and individually wrote many original songs that Damaged In Transit performed in addition to standard covers. After setting pen and guitar down for almost a decade, Eric Butcher is back writing, recording, and performing all new material. On stage, Eric is a rare personality, humorous yet approachable and comfortable. Live, he performs his original material sprinkled with some of his favorite songs of folk and folk-rock history.
In 2011, Eric was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. It is a disease which affects both his liver and lungs. Having already lost 40% of his lung function and with a failing liver, he is trying to make up for lost time by devoting himself to making music. The only treatments for Eric's condition, aside from medications to treat symptoms, are weekly infusions of the Alpha-1 protein and a liver transplant. There is no cure.
Because of this condition and diagnosis, Eric works to spread awareness of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (A1AD) and its partners in crime, COPD and Liver Disease. He is currently working on a project titled, "I Am One," which, when complete, will provide the Alpha-1 Foundation with a portion of its proceeds to further awareness and research for a cure.