On Sunday, August 17, 2014, one of my favorite guitarists, Eric Johnson, turns 60 years old.
was first introduced to the music of Johnson in 1990 by an
employee at a local cable television station I was interning at
during my senior year of high school. That was the year Johnson, then
35/36 years old, released his breakthrough second album, Ah Via
Musicom, which achieved the distinction of having three
instrumental songs reach the American Top Ten.
one of Johnson's albums showcases his incredible electric guitar
wizardry and his soft-spoken heartfelt vocals, but if you want a good
overview of Johnson's career, you can't go wrong with his two most
recent releases, Up Close and Europe Live, reviews
of which follow below.