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ERIC JOHNSON To Perform ‘Ah Via Musicom’ In Its Entirety in 2018 Tour

Tour News
Run Begins At Tucson’s Rialto Theater on January 23 with Arielle As Direct Support
Austin, TX – Eric Johnson has announced plans to perform his celebrated album AH VIA MUSICOM in its entirety at dates across America in 2018.  Johnson shares, “I listen to the fan feedback and comments as I plan my projects and tours.  That's how I got into the recording and subsequent tour with Mike Stern. Same thing with the acoustic recording and tour because I kept hearing ‘Hey when are you gonna do that acoustic record you've been talking about for years’. But by far, the most feedback I've been getting from fans is to play the entire Ah Via Musicom record live so I figured I've put this off for too long.  The time is now, and the timing worked out for Tommy Taylor and Kyle Brock to be involved too so here we go.”  The tour will begin on January 23 at Tucson’s Rialto Theater and continue through March 16 in Milwaukee.  A complete itinerary follows below.
The guitar has been very good to Eric Johnson, earning him international renown as a player, composer, recording artist and live entertainer as well as an ever-growing audience of admirers. And Eric Johnson has been very good to the guitar, spotlighting its myriad melodic, sonic and lyrical splendors, paying homage to its heroes and innovators, collaborating and playing with many of its finest contemporary talents, and fostering its continuing vibrancy as a primarily instrumental genre in popular music.
The pivotal event in Johnson's rise to becoming, as Guitar Player says, “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet," was his million-selling, now-classic 1990 album Ah Via Musicom (which loosely translates as "communicating through music"). It was his second release, following Tones, his 1986 major label debut.
Musicom yielded three Top 10 singles – "Cliffs of Dover," which has become Johnson's signature song and won a Best Rock Instrumental Grammy, and "Trademark" and "Righteous." It made him the first artist to ever score three Top 10 instrumentals. Now, 28 years later, he revisits that landmark recording with a 2018 tour on which he will play the album – hailed as a "masterwork" in's review – in its entirety.
The years prior to Ah Via Musicom and since are rich with accomplishments. Over the now five studio albums that have followed it – Venus Isle (1996), Bloom (2005), 2010's Up Close (and its revised European version Up Close – Another Look, now being issued in the US), EJ (2016) and the latest – Eric has broadened and enriched his rock guitar palette and further delved into his love for blues, jazz and country. He's earned six Grammy nominations, has topped or been listed high in countless greatest guitarist lists in music publications, and been featured on the cover of most every guitar magazine, many more than once.
The Austin, Texas-based Johnson closes out 2017 with a new album, Collage, that combines five new original songs with five covers that reflect both his inspirations and range: An acoustic version of Jimi Hendrix's "One Rainy Wish," The Beatles classic "We Can Work It Out" in a Caribbean groove, B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby," the surf rock classic "Pipeline" and Stevie Wonder's 1966 #3 pop hit "Uptight (Everything's Alright)."
Once Ah Via Musicom hit, the Los Angeles Times noted how he had already "been compared with rock's immortals." But Eric himself modestly demurs. "I don't think I'm a rock god. I just keep playing. It's fun, and I'm glad people enjoy it."
Confirmed appearances include:
1/23     Tucson, AZ                                                     Rialto Theater
1/24     Ventura, CA                                                    Ventura Theater
1/25     Anaheim, CA                                                  Grove
1/27     San Diego, CA                                                House of Blues
1/28     Los Angeles, CA                                            Regent Theater
1/30     Santa Cruz, CA                                               Rio Theater
1/31     Sacramento, CA                                              Crest
2/01     Portland, OR                                                   Aladdin Theater
2/02     Seattle, WA                                                     The Triple Door
2/03     Spokane, WA                                                  Bing Crosby Theater
2/06     Albuquerque, NM                                           Kimo
2/08     Ft. Collins, CO                                                Lincoln Theater
2/09     Denver, CO                                                     Paramount Theater
2/13     Lubbock, TX                                                   Cactus Theater
2/14     Dallas, TX                                                       House of Blues
2/15     Austin, TX                                                      Paramount Theater
2/16     Houston, TX                                                   House of Blues
2/17     San Antonio, TX                                             Aztec
2/20     Ponte Vedra, FL                                              Ponte Vedra Music Hall
2/21     Clearwater, FL                                                Capitol Theater
2/22     Ft. Lauderdale, FL                                           Amaturo Theater
2/23     Orlando, FL                                                    Plaza Live
2/24     Atlanta, GA                                                     Centerstage
2/25     Raleigh, NC                                                    Lincoln Theatre
2/27     Charleston, SC                                                Charleston Music Hall
2/28     Charlotte, NC                                                  McGlohon
3/02     Washington D.C.                                            Fillmore
3/03     Glenside, PA                                                   Keswick
3/04     New York, NY                                               BB Kings
3/06     Baltimore, MD                                                Rams Head Live
3/07     Albany, NY                                                    Cohoes
3/08     Boston, MA                                                    Wilbur Theatre
3/09     Derry, NH                                                       Tupelo Music Hall
3/10     Norfolk, CT                                                    Infinity
3/11     Lancaster, PA                                                  Roots & Blues Fest
3/13     Cleveland, OH                                                House of Blues
3/14     Cincinnati, OH                                                Taft Ballroom
3/15     Chicago, IL                                                     House of Blues
3/16     Milwaukee, WI                                               Turner
3/17     Bloomington, IL                                              Castle Theater
Additional appearances will be announced as confirmed.
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Turning 25, ERIC JOHNSON Grabbed Guitar Grammy With 'Ah Via Musicom'

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Podcasts & Radio

Dallas, TX - February 19, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands website sits down with the phenomenally gifted guitarist Eric Johnson on the 25th anniversary of his Grammy Award-winning million-selling album Ah Via Musicom

Eric Johnson's career arc resembles not so much a rainbow but rather an EKG. In the mid-70s Eric played lead guitar in the Austin blink-and-you-miss'em  band  The Electromagnets and did session work on Cat Stevens' 1978 album Back to Earth. By 1980 Eric had developed an almost mythical reputation as a spectacular guitarist, enough to garner a cover story in Guitar Player magazine even before he had a record deal.

Initially signed to Warner Bros Records, in 1986 Eric Johnson released his highly regarded debut album Tones. Much of the music for his next album had already been written during the Tones sessions, but it would be four more years and a label change before fans would hear it.

In February 1990 Ah Via Musicom was unleashed, selling over a million albums and producing three Top 10 rock radio tracks including the Grammy Award-winning 'Best Rock Instrumental Performance' single, 'Cliffs of Dover'.

Eric's guitar sound and style on Ah Via Musicom would revolutionize a generation of players. InTheStudio host Redbeard asked Eric what it was about his initial boyhood relationship with the guitar that still remains with him today.

'It's like a world you can go to. You can visit this world where all the parameters , all the guidelines and rules, don't really apply. I guess it's sort of a fantasy world, but it turns out reality. You can enter this fantasy world and it will turn out a product of reality sometimes... It was kind of an escape thing. You could go off somewhere and do something you really love and bathe in that sound of it, and not have to operate on the same wavelength in a way.' - Eric Johnson

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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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