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Tuesday Tune: “Cliffs of Dover” by Eric Johnson

August 14, 2012

Today’s Tuesday Tune is Eric Johnson‘s Top 10 hit, “Cliffs of Dover.”  Eric Johnson performs on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.

Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, Aug. 17, at 10 AM.

Eric Johnson’s stature as one of the premier guitar players in contemporary music is his artistic trump card, backed by a Grammy Award and five nominations, platinum album, praise from critics and the esteem of his peers. But the full hand of his talents marks him as well as a gifted songwriter, dynamic live performer, singer, pianist, song interpreter and creator of a rich and diverse musical legacy.

Johnson’s success over the last 20 years was presaged by a grassroots rise in which he made his bones and burgeoning reputation as a formidable musical talent and player since he first became a local sensation in the Austin clubs as a teen with the psychedelic rock band Mariani. Trained on classical piano as a youth, he switched to the guitar after the stateside arrival of the Beatles in 1964. As a young player he delved deeply into blues, jazz, country and other styles that inform his music. By the mid-1970s, Johnson began touring and sparking a buzz about his astonishing talents in the jazz-rock outfit Electromagnets, whose recordings and a live TV performance from that era were released in the 1990s to critical acclaim. He cut his teeth in the studio on sessions for Cat Stevens, Christopher Cross and Carole King, and by 1984 his stature in Texas and beyond was so strong that the unsigned artist was tapped to make his first appearance on the prestigious PBS concert show “Austin City Limits.” At the urging of such stars as Cross and Prince, Johnson was signed to a major label deal with Reprise Records and emerged onto the international recording scene.

Eric Johnson performs on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, Aug. 17, at 10 AM.  CLICK HERE for more information on Eric Johnson.

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