The guitar has been very good to Austin-based, Grammy Award winning musician 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.
“He’s an extraordinary guitar player accessible to ordinary music fans,” notes the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “That’s because Eric Johnson plays music and not just the guitar.”
Johnson whose music blends the approaches of various musical styles including blues, rock and jazz is an avid admirer of fellow guitarists past and present. He has performed and worked with other notable players such as BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John McLaughlin, Steve Miller, Chet Atkins, James Burton, and many others, as well as being a part of the Experience Hendrix Tours.
Eric Johnson returns to Portland for a show at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue, on Thursday, February 1 at 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketfly.com or at the door day of show for $30.00. This is an all ages event. Joining Johnson will be members of his original band Tommy Taylor and Kyle Brock. Opening the show will be Nashville singer/guitarist Arielle.