Eric Johnson's latest album, Europe Live, is out now.
the title indicates, the CD documents the legendary veteran Texas
guitarist's recent European tour in support of his 2010 studio album
the new album includes cuts from that CD, the live disc also features
classics from Johnson's nearly three-decade-long career as a solo
recording artist, as well as two new songs.
14-minute YouTube preview sampler is available at
www.ericjohnson.com, and based on the audio clips of each of the 14
sounds like Johnson's best live album to date. Not only does it have
the advantage of providing
the broadest live retrospective of Johnson's solo career, but
it also has the benefit of showing how some of his old tunes have
evolved in the hands of a wiser and more refined – but still very
dynamic and energetic – Johnson, who just seems to keep getting
better and better as time goes on.
CD couldn't have come at a more appropriate time, as Johnson
celebrates the big Six Zero this summer (August 17, to be exact).
What better way to mark the momentous occasion than to listen to Up
Close and Europe Live?
that spirit, I have included my review of Up Close below.