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"...Although Eric Johnson peaked commercially with platinum-selling 1990 Grammy-winner Ah Via Musicom, the intervening decades haven’t stemmed Austin’s adulation for the homegrown guitar virtuoso. A full Paramount Theatre proved that Thursday night..."
"...Eric Johnson is all over the Web. Of course, you have to do a little judicious surfing but the first place to get your feet wet is at http://www.ericjohnson.com, the official Eric Johnson website..."
"...Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, found the courage to rid the Capitol of the "Children of the Confederacy Creed" plaque that falsely claimed the Civil War was "not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery." (Texas' own secession declaration of 1861 mentions slavery 21 times.) The effort was led by Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, who since 2017 has fought for the relic (installed in 1959 near what is now his office) to come down..."
"...Venus Isle has few surprises, which is both the best and worst thing about the album. It's slick, overproduced, or, as described with a rose-colored pen by the record company, "polished beyond perfection." Johnson's lyrics approach new-age hokey..."
"...Like most homes in Tarrytown, Eric Johnson's beige stone house is dwarfed by the tall trees that tower above it. Against their late-summer, matte-green backdrop, its worn wood paneling, like the fence out front and the walkway to the front door, is almost colorless..."
"...When the G3 tour featuring Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Adrian Legg kicks off in Concord, California on October 11 most Austinites won't be there to take note that Johnson's rhythm section has changed. Instead of longtime trio-mates Kyle Brock and Tommy Taylor on bass and drums respectively, look for studio and tour mercenary Brannen Temple on drums and Tones-era bassist Roscoe Beck (last seen with Robben Ford) to fill those spots..."
"...SXSW may not be in a galaxy far, far away, but the Force will be strong this year with the announcement that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and his longtime producer Ram Bergman will be speaking at the conference...."
"...“Lay Down Sally,” “Tears in Heaven,” “Wonderful Tonight,” and “Layla” all in a row bowled over the teaming arena, but the true treat strung together four Robert Johnson songs directly thereafter: “Stones in My Passway,” “Love in Vain,” “Crossroads,” and “Little Queen of Spades,” all of them on two legs and fairly electrifying...."
"...Existence for J.J. Johnson means continually stripping down to one bare essence: Drums...."
"...When she was a little girl, Shirley Ratisseau met Robert Johnson. Kind Hearted Woman Blues..."
"...18, 2005]. Since the blues are timeless, a defense of one of its greats should be allowed also, if not totally timely. Maybe you have forgotten, but it was because of Eric Clapton an entire generation was introduced to the likes of Robert Johnson, Skip James, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, etc..."
"...Directed by: James Foley. Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Bruce Altman, Arielle Kebbel, Robinne Lee, Brant Daugherty, Marcia Gay Harden and Kim Basinger...."
"...Although Chris Isaak sings "I'm the original American boy" during the opening of his Showtime series The Chris Isaak Show, it may well be the theme song of his band's drummer, Kenney Dale Johnson...."
"...You might recall a few weeks ago we reported that Eric Johnson was hooking up with a major tour sometime after the September 3 release of his new album, Venus Isle. Manager Joe Priesnitz now confirms that the "G3" tour featuring Johnson, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai (and possibly Adrian Legg), is set for early October with 25-30 dates confirmed, including stops in San Antonio and Dallas..."
"..."`Guitar tech' is just a fancy name for a roadie who can tune guitars," says Jerry Holmes, who, having worked as Eric Johnson's guitar tech for 10 years, is more than qualified to make that statement. Still, never has a more diplomatic, modest man stepped from the bowels of the music industry, and, as such, he's bound to downplay most everything he does, whether it's his golf handicap or his new gig as Joe Ely's guitarist...."
"..."And that's pretty good for eighth-graders," Kelton said recently. Playing with Maltese was the first of what would become a string of musical successes for Maddox – often playing in bands with members who were also close friends, including, notably, guitarist Eric Johnson...."
"...Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice meets a considerably tamed Van Wilder for a mediocre romp in the Hamptons. Booze-fueled antics – and Don Johnson! – ensue..."
"...Until now neither album has recorded more than a blip with Soundscan, yet both are slated to receive major promotional support in the new year -- with the latter album getting a virtually unheard of "re-release" in January. For Spoon, the Ugly Americans, Storyville, and even Eric Johnson, radio attention will likely control the fate of their end-of-the-year efforts, with a new single from each pushing for airplay between mid-November and early 1997...."
"...While commissions from as far away as Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia have given his work an international profile, Barber remains a mostly anonymous figure both abroad and in Austin, where Barber's notable contributions include being a founding member of Eric Johnson's Electromagnets and keyboard/arrangement with Christopher Cross, Alejandro Escovedo, Stephen Bruton, and Shawn Colvin...."
"...What's Eric Johnson going to be doing for three days in January (27-29) at world-famous blues club Antone's, you ask? Why, playing the blues, of course, with his trio Alien Love Child (including Chris Maresh and former Electromagnets member Billy Maddox). Johnson will be recording the performances in hopes of coming up with three or four songs to complete the long-in-the-works Alien Love Child live album..."
"...Though the folks at the venue say they "had to pay dearly" for the extra month, they got it nonetheless. Still no word on where a new Outhouse may appear. Eric Takes the Lead "So," you're asking, "exactly how far along is that damn next Eric Johnson album?" Well, let me tell you what he tells us: Eric says that he'll be finished tracking the new 'un in the next few months, with that time mostly being spent laying down leads..."
"...Eric Johnson ... Alien Love ChildLive and Beyond (Favored Nations) To say that singing the blues is one of Eric Johnson's strengths is like denying the Austin-born guitarist his due as one of the most influential guitarists to come out of Texas in the past 20-plus years: just plain wrong..."
"...ERIC JOHNSON: Never too obsessed with studio alchemy to miss SXSW, Austin's native guitar deity Eric Johnson is probably still pissed about having to remix the Ah Via Musicom DVD (since recalled), but he's gotta be pleased about his Alien Love Child getting a Grammy nod. Last year's Live and Beyond was the best new Johnson disc in years, and even if it's his only new genius in years..."
"...Eric JohnsonEurope Live (Mascot) Eric Johnson and Mike SternEclectic (Heads Up)..."
"...I don't know whether Michelle Shocked plans to play, but I'll bet Sean Penn would get along great with her hubby, who's been known to smash a camera or two. The Man With Three Johnsons..."
"...Elsewhere on education, HB 314 from state Rep. Jarvis Johnson, D-Houston, seeks to create an educational curriculum and academic standards for juveniles; outside of confinement, John Whitmire's (D-Houston) SB 273 would create a ninth-grade public school curriculum to teach kids how to talk to the police..."
"...Directed by: Richard Linklater. Starring: Greg Kinnear, Bobby Cannavale, Patricia Arquette, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Johnson, Esai Morales, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ethan Hawke, Luis Guzmán, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Willis, Wilmer Valderrama, Ana Claudia Talancón and Avril Lavigne..."
"...HOT BUTTERED RHYTHM: Forget the polls, many a local musician will argue that J.J. Johnson and Brannen Temple are Austin's two best drummers -- masters of diverse skills and rare style..."
"...Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Timbuk 3, Eric Johnson (3/16/90)..."
"..."Eric Johnson was opening, so I used his Marshall and amp. I played the Deep Purple tunes I knew and some blues and got through it..."
"...Way back in the Dark Ages of Austin music, the 1980s, the phrase "born in Austin" was an anomaly, seldom trotted out, and usually applied to Eric Johnson when it was used. Except for drummer Jo Mirasole, whose family moved here from California when he was in middle school, all members of the Bright Light Social Hour are born and raised in Austin...."
"...1986: Joe Ely with special guest Bobby Keys, Joe “King” Carrasco y los Coronas, True Believers with Roky Erickson, Eric Johnson, Lou Ann Barton & Angela Strehli with Paul Ray..."
"...On the eve of his deadline for the calendar being sent to the printer, the local photographer is so tired he can hardly speak. Fortunately for Crace, however, his work speaks for itself, and it's already obvious that his sleep deprivation has resulted in a truly classic Austin-centric musical product: a 13-month calendar featuring 18 of this town's best-known and -loved musicians, including Willie Nelson, Eric Johnson, Tish Hinojosa, Ian Moore, Joe Ely, Sara Hickman, and Chris Duarte..."
"...(Note to myself: time to replenish stock of free beer cups). A mere 90 minutes out of town (if you're driving your publisher's Suburban at 95 the whole way) in Shiner that same day is the free "Bocktoberfest," featuring performances by Robert Earl Keen, Eric Johnson, Todd Snider, Toni Price, and Jackopierce..."
"...Eric Johnson, Adrian Belew..."
"...Eric JohnsonSouvenir (Vortexan) Don't let the Animal Planet CD artwork fool you, Souvenir is a sign wave off the ol' Ah Via Musicom. As a graying fan base wonders whether a more rock-oriented follow-up to 1996's spacey Venus Isle will occur in their lifetime, Austin Strat idol Eric Johnson nudges open the massive titanium doors of his Fort Knox-like tape vaults and lets shine a bright sliver of his six-string ascendance..."
"...A senior at Lake Travis High School, he won't be 18 until February, but with his two bands Public Soul and the Carson Brock Group, there's no question he's in the first line of Austin guitarists of his generation. Some of this is genetic – his father, Kyle, has played bass for Eric Johnson for years – and some of it's environmental, but with 18 staring him in the face, he's upping his game now...."
"...Details I might’ve missed include references to eatin' nachos and drinkin' pitchers in the beer garden to Dan Del Santo’s folksy C&W tunes, even before his fame playing world beat at 90.5FM. For music fans – though we didn’t toot our horns nationally back then – this town was the place to live (cheaply). August brings two hometown “heroes” to mind: In the 1960s, my neighbor was Austin drum prodigy Tommy Taylor, who always raved about another whiz kid named Eric Johnson..."
"...True, Top preceders Clapton and Carlos Santana have had multiplatinum albums in the last decade or so, but Sunday there was no MTV Unplugged or Supernatural. Clapton played just four songs off his new Robert Johnson tribute Me and Mr..."
"...Clocking in over an hour, Texas Guitar Slingers possesses a variety of material, ranging from the standard Austin blues-rock fare, to cinematic instrumental numbers, bluegrass, delicate gut-string playing, and well-crafted vocal compositions with solid guitaring. Highlights include Roscoe Beck's opener "Outrage," featuring drummer Brannen Temple and David Grissom, Ray Benson's solo instrumental "Moon Over Manchaca," Eric Johnson on Austin City Limits with the too short "Enzo Shuffle," and Bill Carter and Eric Hokkanen's deliciously acoustic "Feels Like Rain." Chris Vincent's superfine flamenco work on "Taranto" is recorded so intimately you can hear him breath..."
"...You can mock Eric Johnson for his perfectionism, but he's got good reason to pick apart the recently released Ah Via Musicom DVD from Capitol Records. That's an audio DVD, as in the latest beyond-stereo sound product, not a video disc, and I'll let the local guitarist's open letter explain why he's disappointed: "Instead of the intended main guitar tracks, there are 'scratch' tracks in some places..."
"...In a Rollingstone.com interview relating to the A&E special, Nelson revealed that "it kind of got put on the back shelf. But now Don Was and I are going back to Jamaica in November to finish it and put [Bob] Marley's son and some of the Wailers on it, and do it up right." Eric Johnson's local blues band Alien Love Child, meanwhile, have their own album release on the boards, with Live and Beyond scheduled for release October 24 on the Favored Nations label (owned in part by the local guitarist's G3 buddy, Steve Vai)..."
"...Highlights from Season 22: Libbi Bosworth, Eric Johnson, Walter Hyatt, and Lyle Lovett..."
"...So what's the upshot of all this? Simple: look for a return engagement by the band, hopefully sometime in late August... if the band can find a suitable venue. The Late Eric Johnson Yes, you heard right..."
"...Directed by: Eric Schaeffer. Starring: Jennifer Wiltsie, Samantha Buck, Zane Adlum, Devin Matthews-Johnson, Eric Mabius, Callie Thorne and Eric Schaeffer..."
"...Double Trouble bruiser Chris Layton joined Jonny Lang and Band of Gypsys' Billy Cox on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Monday for an all-star version of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire." The event served as a capstone to the recent Experience Hendrix tour, for which Austin's Eric Johnson had the rare honor of playing the white Stratocaster the iconic guitarist used for his decade-defining Woodstock set. "It was a really nice guitar, but it was more about the mystique of playing it," relays Johnson, whose nightly five-song set included a duet with Susan Tedeschi on Axis: Bold as Love's "One Rainy Wish." "You could see and feel all of the pick scratches on the underside because Jimi played left-handed." The local guitar hero just released his first new studio album in five years, Up Close, a more personal collection of space-age Texas blues and progressive clairvoyance, a small step removed from his infamous studio perfectionism..."