Since 2016 Chesser, 29, of Plainfield has been touring the Midwest performing his original country music.
"Music has always been an escape for me, and I just wanted to do what I love to do, and I'm very blessed that I'm able to do it," Chesser said. "I feel like we've grown as a band, and I'm excited for where it's going to take us."
Chesser and his band will perform Aug. 11 at Sycamore Speedway.
He currently plays about 50 to 60 shows a year all over the Midwest, Chesser said. He works very hard and feels that anything worthwhile is not easy to attain. But Eric said he knew success was possible the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio.
Chesser loves seeing new places and meeting new people.
"I get to make a lot of great friends," Chesser said. "Country music is a very close-knit community and is very supportive."
Chesser's grandfather Jerry Chesser (deceased) and his father Jim Chesser, who now helps with Eric's band, both played guitar, which inspired Chesser to pick up the instrument.
"My grandpa was into the old country music, like Eddie Arnold and Johnny Cash," Eric said. "My dad was into Elvis and, I think, Glen Campbell."
Eric said he learned to play guitar by picking up his father's guitar at home and experimenting with various chords. In college, Eric took guitar lessons. He, too, developed a love for country music.
He particularly liked the stories the lyrics tell and the "positive energy" of country rock he'd hear locally on 98.3 FM WCCQ, Eric said.
By 15, Eric, who also played basketball, was writing his own songs. He admits those early attempts weren't very good but one theme in his music has always remained constant.
"I write music people can relate to; I capture life experiences," Eric said. "I try to be really honest with my lyrics."