The newest member to round out the Alabama Blues Machine band is Eric Onimus. He performed a "fill-in" job with the band for the Alabama finals of the International Blues Band Competition. After the band's victory, Eric was offered the full time gig and he accepted. Like everyone else in the band, Eric's musical influences are far reaching including Louis Prima, Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, Cole Porter and what he describes as the best band ever, NRBQ. He started playing bass at age 10 and has played with many Birmingham area bands over the years including the Sugar La La's and The Mobile Home Boys, Jimmy Hall's backing band when he plays Birmingham.