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Eric Johnson

December 14th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Music · No Comments · Music

Tonight I turned on Vintage TV and there was some virtuoso guitarist playing. It was a bit like Jeff Beck in places or Steve Vai in others, but I didn’t recognise him, so waited for the caption at the end to find it was somebody called Eric Johnson. The name didn’t even ring a bell, which is more my fault than his, since he has apparently been playing music professionally since the late 1960’s.

Obviously I went to Wikipedia to find out about him and I have to say that the start of the section about his early life did make me smile as it sounds a bit like a trying-to-be-quirky Twitter bio.

Born into a musically inclined family, Eric and his three sisters studied piano and his father was a whistling enthusiast.

That is now one of my favourite Wikipedia lines, nearly as good as the description of Tanzwut that says:

Tanzwut are known for their heavy use of bagpipes, an unusual instrument for a metal band.

Now having a listen to some of Eric Johnson’s back catalogue on Spotify and I am finding a lot of it impressive but not in a way that really does much for me –  bit like a lot of Jeff Beck’s stuff makes me feel.


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