Links to Eric Johnson info on the Web

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. Here you can download previews of five songs from Venus Isle, with four 30-second previews of "Manhattan," "Lonely In The Night," "Song For Lynette," and "S.R.V." (a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan) then a full-length preview of "Pavilion." These DLs are available in in three audio formats: StreamWorks, RealAudio or Shockwave Audio. You can also order Venus Isle, check tour dates, and -- what else -- link to other sites.

From here, I jumped to http://www.ericjohnson.com/g3.html, the site for G3. This site carries info on the G3 tour and is linked to Steve Vai's page http://www.vai.com/musician.htm and Joe Satriani's page http://www.satriani.com.

Sometimes "official" Web pages ignore fan-based pages but from the official EJ site, where there's a link to http://admin.inetport.com/~jdekan/eric/, the sanctioned fan page.

This page has a nice big graphic of Johnson playing and carries the Chronicle's 1994 interview by Raoul Hernandez as Johnson's official "biography". This fan site is regularly updated and gets a big thumbs-up from me.

At the fan page, click on its links and it offers, among others, http://www.hollywoodandvine.com the Capitol Records site. Bet you thought you'd escaped that one! Locally, Usenet newsgroups such as austin.music and alt.music.texas will carry audience-based commentary on Eric Johnson, always interesting for its local angles.

Hey Eric! How about some surf tunes?

- Margaret Moser

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