Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Eric Johnson's Epiphany In The Studio  For Europe Live

Dallas, TX - June 24, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands  takes a trip to Austin via the new album Europe Live  to visit with guitar wizard Eric Johnson.

By 1980 Eric Johnson was already developing an almost mythical reputation as a spectacular guitar player, enough to garner the cover story of Guitar Player without any record deal. 

It was 1990 that Eric Johnson broke out of cult hero status among simply guitar cognoscenti and nabbed those two universally recognized standards of success in popular music, a million-selling album with Ah Via Musicom and a 1991 Grammy Award for his hit instrumental 'Cliffs of Dover'.

For the first twenty-five years of his solo career, Eric was famous (or notorious) for disappearing into the recording studio for years at a time, but EJ had a major musical epiphany which he shares with In the Studio host Redbeard while discussing the rippling 'Zenland', the tasty cosmopolitan Wes Montgomery nod 'Manhattan', the heavy 12-step anthem 'Last House on the Block', the dizzying instrumental from the Tones album entitled 'Zap' and his signature hit 'Cliffs of Dover' all from his new live album Europe Live.
'It was more interesting for me to hear some of the aspects of that (live recording) than it was to listen to some of my studio records, because it didn't feel as stiff and thought out and clutched so tightly. It's something that just happened naturally.'

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