By Christopher Gray, Fri., May 6, 2005
Saints preserve us: Eric Johnson has finished an album, Bloom, due June 14 on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. Featuring a cover of Bob Dylan's "My Back Pages" and a tribute to Jerry Reed, Bloom is a springboard to summer dates with Buddy Guy and a turning of the hourglass toward counting the years until the next one.
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Honky-tonk smoothie D.B. Harris confirms he's pulling up stakes for Music Row. "Yes, I'm sadly leaving for Nashville in June for some songwriting opportunities and to continue my act there. I'll be coming back to Austin at least every six months though! We're planning to stay in Nashville for hopefully no more than five to seven years and getting back to Texas ASAP!" Say farewell Friday at the Continental Club.
It's prom season, kids, and being out of high school doesn't mean mothballing that corsage. KVRX promises photographers and chaperones Saturday at Iron Gate Studios, 2205 E. Fifth St., plus music from Clap! Clap! and station deejays. 8pm; $5.
Enrollment for the much-discussed Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is going on now. Get an application at MusicMakers, Waterloo Records, Ruta Maya, or online at www.healthallianceforaustinmusicians.org. Then call the SIMS Foundation at 322-5177 to set up an eligibility interview at their spanking-new headquarters at 54 Chicon St.
Loose ends from last week: The Octopus Project's Erik Bogle turned out to have an especially pernicious stomach virus, but was fit as a fiddle at Saturday's Emo's homecoming. And the Arclight Records album with the litany of guests is the new Book of Knots, not Players Club, although they do share a member.