Page. Clapton. Hendrix. The list of incredible guitarists out there is endless. Satriani. Van Halen. Beck. I could name hundreds more. Some stick out more than others, but then again some do not. Some are very quiet and stay away from the spotlight and you have to somehow find out about them whether it being from radio play, the internet, or word of mouth. Long ago I discovered Eric Johnson by just buying Tones and have not stopped listening to him since. He is and always will be one of those quiet ones that just play incredible guitar. Johnson came to Annapolis’ Rams Head to play a solo acoustic guitar and piano only solo show and I jumped at the chance to go and see it. A smaller, intimate venue, Johnson was promoting his new acoustic release titled ej Song Explorations on Acoustic Guitar and Piano. “Mrs. Robinson,” Paul Simon’s classic song was first, just as on the new album. Incredible. Christmas came early for this fan watching him perform. “Song for George” acoustically was just as good. After about seven songs, Eric switched to piano and performed “Water Under The Bridge” off of the new release. Everyone in attendance just sat quietly and let him do his thing and applauded loudly after each song. “A Song for Life,” off of Seven Worlds was a surprise he played. “Song for Irene,” the last song on the new album, is about his mother, he explained before the performance, and you could feel the emotion he put into playing it. Right after he announced the next song, “Once Upon a Time in Texas,” a woman jumped right out of her seat clapping, startling Eric. Besides the two encores, it would be the last song of the evening. Eric Johnson is a big name in the guitar world now, if you didn’t know, and doesn’t tour a lot. I strongly suggest you go and see him on this solo acoustic tour which lasts for the rest of the fall and early winter.
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