Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Eric Johnson!

On Sunday, August 17, 2014, one of my favorite guitarists, Eric Johnson, turns 60 years old.

I 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.

Every 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.

--Raj Manoharan

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