While the pandemic seems like a thing of the past at the moment and many artists are going on extensive tours, there are still albums coming out which were written at the height of Covid-19. That’s the case with Eric Johnson‘s two upcoming releases, “The Book of Making” and “Yesterday Meets Today”. Blue Élan Records will release both albums on July 29th, and those who pre-order will also receive the keys to unlocking access to another album, entitled “Takeouts” – five unreleased songs, and alternate versions of the songs “Good To Me” and “Sitting On Top Of The World.”
A pre-order is available now.“The Book of Making” and “Yesterday Meets Today” are both made of songs that Eric had been playing for years on his live shows, old demos and some brand-new tracks. It’s a true feast for fans of the Austin-born guitarist, owner of a unique guitar sound and voice. Some of the songs have already been shown to his audience, such as the fast boogie “Move on Over”, the evocative “Love Will Never Say Goodbye” and “Soundtrack Life”, which showcases his signature style.
Having started his career with the Austin fusion group Electromagnets, Eric soon decided to form a trio, and also worked as a session guitarist for Cat Stevens, Carole King and Christopher Cross. His solo career would get people’s attention with the release of “Tones”, with the track “Zap” being nominated for the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. However, the big break would only come with the follow up album, “Ah Via Musicom”. The album’s second track, “Cliffs of Dover”, won Johnson a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. “Venus Isle” followed up in 1996, and Eric would go on tour with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, on the first edition of G3.
Other incredible albums followed, such as “Souvenir” (2002), “Bloom” (2005), and EJ Vol.1 and 2 (2016 and 2020, respectively). Eric Johnson remains one of the most influential guitar players of his generation, and continues to impress audiences across the globe.
In order to promote “The Book of Making” and “Yesterday Meets Today”, Eric sat down with Sonic Perspectives flagship interviewer Rodrigo Altaf. They discussed a few tracks from the album, the first G3 tour, Eric’s influence on other players and much more. Listen or watch to their chat below and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, make sure to follow Sonic Perspectives on Facebook, Flipboard and Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.