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Wednesday, February 22 | 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $43.50–$48.50

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Eric Johnson: Solo and Acoustic

Due to illness, Eric Johnson has rescheduled his show to Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Texan singer-songwriter, producer, and musician extraordinaire, Eric Johnson is one of the premier guitar players in contemporary music. Known for his exceptional skills on the electric guitar, he is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitar player as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist. He has earned a GRAMMY Award (Best Rock Instrumental Performance), five GRAMMY nominations, a platinum album, and Top 10 hits such as “Cliffs of Dover,” along with praise from critics and the esteem of his peers.

Like fellow Lone Star State guitarists Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnson blends the rock style of Jimi Hendrix and the blues power of Albert King. Yet, Johnson’s wide array of additional influences (ranging from the Beatles and Jeff Beck to jazz and Chet Atkins) has created a true signature style. He has also mastered a variety of musical genres, including rock, blues, jazz, fusion, soul, folk, New Age, classical, and country.

Johnson released his first all-acoustic album, entitled EJ, last October. Showcasing nine original compositions and four covers, EJ is easily his most intimate album to date. “Ever since I was young, I’ve played piano and acoustic guitar in my private life,” Johnson says. “This type of music has always been a part of me, but I never showcased it on any kind of bigger level, like a full acoustic record.” EJ brings listeners as close as possible to hearing him in his own living room, performing songs on piano and steel-string and nylon-string acoustic guitars.

Guitar Player magazine has called Johnson “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet,” and Musician magazine placed him among the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century.” His collaborators read like a who’s who of contemporary guitar players; Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Steve Miller, Johnny Lang, and Sonny Landreth are just a few of the outstanding players who have shared the stage and recording sessions with him.

“Eric Johnson plays guitar the way Michelangelo painted ceilings, with a colorful vibrancy that’s more real than life.”—New Age Music Guide

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