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Eric Johnson (solo) / An Evening of Acoustic Guitar & Piano

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Eric Johnson (solo) / An Evening of Acoustic Guitar & Piano
Friday, October 7, 2016 8:00 PM
Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
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  • Ticket Price: $44.50 - $47.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
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An Intimate Evening of Acoustic Guitar & Piani with Eric Johnson on the Landing Pad Stage - $44.50 in advance, $47.00 day of show

Eric Johnson, long hailed as one of the world’s preeminent electric guitarists, celebrates
his acoustic side with EJ, his 12th album as a leader. Emphasizing Johnson’s formidable
skills as a singer-songwriter, his first completely unplugged album is also his most
immediate and intimate. Johnson self-produced the album and performed nine of its
thirteen tracks unaccompanied in his Austin, Texas Saucer Sound studio. The other tracks
feature guest musicians such as renowned guitarist Doyle Dykes, violinist Molly
Emerman, cellist John Hagen, and longtime Johnson accompanists Tommy Taylor and
Wayne Salzmann on drums and Roscoe Beck and Chris Maresh on acoustic bass.
For Johnson, the creation of sublime music has always been about the journey inward, an
approach shared by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, and
other visionaries. Over the years, his unwavering devotion to perfecting his art has
become as legendary as his attention to the instruments he plays. This is evident in his
songs, interviews and the way he plays guitar and piano. As Stevie Ray Vaughan put it,
“The guy has done more trying to be the best that he can be than anybody I’ve ever seen.
He plays all the time, and tries to get his instrument in perfect shape all the time. He
works hard on his tone, sound, techniques. He does incredible things with all kinds of
guitars – electric, lap steel, acoustic, everything. Few people understand that when the
guy was fifteen, he was playing Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery stuff, and he was
doing it right – that’s pretty cool. Eric is a wonderful cat. He’s always been one of my
favorite people in the world, as well as one of my favorite guitar players.”
Proclaimed “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet” by Guitar Player
magazine, Johnson was raised in a musical household in Austin, Texas. He began on
piano at age five and took up guitar six years later, when bands like the Beatles, Cream,
and Jimi Hendrix ruled the airwaves.