“The best mix of Sun Records meets the Grand Ole Opry that I’ve ever seen or heard,” proclaimed Hollywood actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton after attending Eric Heatherly’s sold-out performance at The House of Blues in Los Angeles. His first album, Swimming in Champagne, (Mercury Records) surfaced in April 2000. It met with widespread critical honors, became Billboard’s #44 Top Album of the year and yielded three Top 40 singles. One of those singles, “Flowers on the Wall,” walked away with the honor of the #3 Top Country Single of 2000 AND #1 video designation from both Great American Country (GAC) and Country Music Television (CMT). Elsewhere Eric’s guitar-slinging/songwriting successes extend further into print, with features in Playgirl (naming him one of country music’s Top 5 sexiest singers). Music Row awarded him their coveted “Critics’ Pick Award.” He’s appeared numerous times on CMT, the CMA Awards, in the IMAX film, Our Country, and other screen settings. He’s rocked the Grand Ole Opry stage and Austin City Limits. In September, 2012 Heatherly was asked to perform at the Smithsonian Institute for a tribute to Princess Grace of Monaco. Heatherly became a full-fledged entrepreneur when he co-invented and patented the "Seat-Belt Guitar Strap". Heatherly re-purposed vintage stainless steel seat belts from junkyard Cadillacs into retro instrument straps that were adorned by superstars Lenny Kravitz, Kid-Rock and countless other artists. The wearable pieces of Americana soon became best sellers at every Guitar Center in America and retail stores world-wide. Guitar Player Magazine voted it one of the top-50 coolest new music products and featured it on their cover worn by Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats. Heatherly has worked with Shania Twain, Miley Cyrus, Nelson, The Civil Wars (John Paul White), TV shows: Grey's Anatomy, Parks & Recreation to name a few.