© 1990 Capitol
By the time Johnson released his Capitol debut Ah Via Musicom in 1990, he was a bona fide "guitar hero;" regularly winning awards for his musicianship in the guitar press. During this period, Johnson was also drawing recognition for the rich, violin-like tone he coaxed from his vintage Fender Stratocaster. The album's second cut, Cliffs of Dover, exemplified his unique sound and won Johnson a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Ah Via Musicom was a crossover hit, and was soon certified platinum.
This cd is considered by most to be Eric Johnson best release to date, a must have for the collection.
Up Close is merely Eric Johnson served straight-up: it is not far removed from the feel of Ah Via Musicom, lacking only the major melodies that sucked in crossover listeners, but Johnson’s journey is not one of innovation, it’s of refinement and he continues to find interesting ways to hone his specific craft on Up Close.
'Bloom' features 16 new songs ranging the stylistic gamut, which has always been Johnson's approach on his solo albums. 'Bloom' will appeal to Johnson's longtime fans while also bringing new ones into the fold.
Johnson is an admitted perfectionist, and those traits seemed to work against Ah Via Musicom's follow-up release. Unhappy with his recordings, Johnson mastered—then subsequently scrapped—several completed tracks for the new album and delayed its release for a period of six years. Venus Isle is his 4th solo cd.
Prince caught one of Johnson's performances on the public television program Austin City Limits and recommended that Warner Brothers sign Johnson. They did, and 1986 saw the release of Johnson's major-label debut, Tones.
Legendary guitar hero Eric Johnson's 1988 performance on the Austin City Limits TV show was an amazing performance. The performance is now available on DVD. It captures the magical guitar work and energy that only Eric Johnson live can deliver.
Three of the greatest rock instrumental guitarist of the past decade finally get together and performed one of the finest guitar shows ever. The video captures the three virtuoso players with individual sets and together at the grand finale.