Live from Austin TX

Live from Austin TX

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by Eric Johnson
     
 
Eric Johnson was two years away from releasing Ah Via Musicom, the album that would finally expand his following beyond a rabid cult of guitar fanatics, when he appeared on the acclaimed PBS music series Austin City Limits and casually played an hour of music that had viewers across the country asking, "How does he do that

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Eric Johnson was two years away from releasing Ah Via Musicom, the album that would finally expand his following beyond a rabid cult of guitar fanatics, when he appeared on the acclaimed PBS music series Austin City Limits and casually played an hour of music that had viewers across the country asking, "How does he do that?" (It wasn't the first time -- a 1984 spot on the show helped Johnson land his first major-label deal.) Live from Austin, TX gives Johnson's December 14, 1988, gig on the show an authorized release on CD, and what's most striking about the disc is how the layers of amazing guitar tone and remarkably fluid licks that you figured had to have been created through endless hours of studio trickery on his albums are actually being summoned forth by Johnson in real time, with a camera crew and studio audience watching. Zipping back and forth between jazz, blues, rock, progressive, and even country styles, nothing seems to be outside Johnson's grasp on this performance, and his rhythm section (Kyle Brock on bass and Tommy Taylor on drums) offers subtle but essential support throughout. While on a few numbers Johnson descends into Steve Morse-style guitar theatrics that are of limited interest to those who can't actually play, for the most part this is a fine performance from a picker who knows how to use his chops in the service of the music, and anyone who enjoys his work will want to check this out.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2005
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396608423
catalogNumber:
6084
Rank:
47084

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Live from Austin TX 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Eric Johnsons best cd's that really shows off his talent and how awesome he is at playing guitar. If you like guitar such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai you will like the following songs: Righteous, Western Flyer, Camel's Night Out, Cliff's of Dover "a classic" and Desert Rose is also one of his classic's. Are you Experienced is a nice end to this album which is great addition to any guitar fan's collection. The rest of the cd contains either vocals or is more southern rock which also appeals to others. I have seen Eric live 3 times and it amazing to see him play. Kudo's for Eric for the great guitar playing the quality he puts into his albums.