Guitar lovers rejoice, your dreams have come true. The platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winningEric Johnson is making his first trip to Bull Run. Eric's stature as one of the premier guitar players in contemporary music is his artistic trump card, backed by a Grammy Award and five nominations, platinum album, Top 10 hits like “Cliffs Of Dover,” praise from critics and the esteem of his peers. But the full hand of his talents marks him as well as a gifted songwriter, dynamic live performer, singer, pianist, song interpreter, and creator of a rich and diverse musical legacy. Guitar Player magazine has called Johnson "one of the most respected guitarists on the planet." And he was voted No. 47 on "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" by Guitar World's readers.
His myriad and distinctive musical gifts are vividly evident on Johnson’s aptly titled new album, "Up Close," released on his own Vortexan Music label via EMI Distribution. The new 15-track disc finds the noted master craftsman cutting loose, roaming through variations on the rock, blues, pop, country and jazz all found at the core of his sound, pushing the dynamic range of his artistry, and mixing it up with such friends and peers as guitaristsJimmie Vaughan and Sonny Landreth and guest singers Steve Miller, Jonny Lang and Malford Milligan.
“I decided to let go a bit and allow things to happen and just go with the flow,” explains Johnson of his approach to the album. “I think that’s a direction that works better for any artist, and especially for me. I like my work to have a high proficiency, but I also wanted to go for the energy and magic of the performances. It really boils down to the music and the song at the end of the day, If it doesn’t have that it gets boring for me.”
Eric's shows are over-the-top amazing and sell out rather quickly, so don't hang in the slow lane on this one.