Eric Johnson
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Eric Johnson
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Eric Johnson

Classics: Present and Past

Jan 14, 2020
Miner Auditorium

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Picking up the guitar at age 11, the Texas-born Johnson was inspired by the visceral genius of rock/blues masters Jimi Hendrix and Mike Bloomfield as well as jazz innovators Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery. Turning pro at 15, he worked with a number of Austin bands before recording his 1978 solo debut, Seven Worlds, and immersing himself in the studio scene with the likes of Christopher Cross, Carole King, and Cat Stevens. Enthusiasm for the guitarist’s talent from late pop icon Prince helped secure Johnson a contract with Reprise Records in the mid 1980s, and he lent his signature tone to albums by John McLaughlin and Chet Atkins, among others. He makes his SFJAZZ debut with songs from his new album.

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Johnson’s breakthrough release, 1990’s Ah Via Musicom, was certified platinum and introduced the world to his signature composition, “Cliffs of Dover” — an ebullient, blues inflected shuffle that hit #5 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart and won Johnson his first GRAMMY for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance.” The album coincided with Johnson’s steady topping of guitar polls in the music press and established him as one of his generation’s defining voices on the instrument. He toured several times as part of the G3 guitar summit with fellow masters Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, formed his side project Alien Love Child, and recorded the 2014 album Eclectic in collaboration with jazz guitar luminary Mike Stern. Most recently, Johnson released his 10th studio session, Collage, and has been performing as part of the Experience Hendrix tribute tour with Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Joe Satriani, Dweezil Zappa, and Band of Gypsies bassist Billy Cox.

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An artist who “blends the rock style of Jimi Hendrix and the blues power of Albert King” (All Music Guide), guitar phenomenon Eric Johnson is a GRAMMY-winning virtuoso whose searing, soulful solos have made him among the most influential guitarists in contemporary music.

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There is an immense, veritable pig pile of reasons to love guitar wizard Eric Johnson.

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There is an immense, veritable pig pile of reasons to love guitar wizard Eric Johnson.

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