1 (edited by BansheeUK 2017-12-05 05:18:50)

Topic: Eric Johanson

I don't know if this is the first mention of this young Louisianan (?) on the forum, but after listening to a copy of his debut album Burn It Down, I think he's deserving of a thread.

Produced and drummed by Tab Benoit and bass from Corey Duplechin, Eric has puled of a very strong opening album, mostly originals blending Rock with some very tasty “swamp” slide guitar and a cover of Chuck Berry’s Oh Louisiana which shows he’s not half bad as a singer too. opener, Burn It Down builds from a lazy, swampy, slide riff and builds to something as majestic as a stand of Tupelo trees. The second track, She’s In Control shows a different, funkier, “N’Orleans” side to Eric, Hitting a dirtier groove comes Bang Against The Wall, with a spitting, buzzing edge to the guitar. On a slower, more ponderous, almost dirge-like Graveyard Queen rolls in, great slowhand solos with fantastic note bending. Building the pace back up, 4 In The Morning comes by, again, spitting and buzzin’. Live Oak slows things down again, but that slow, resonant almost “twangin” style is at the fore. Till We Bleed has almost a Black Sabbath riff and The Fugitive has a tribal vibe running through it, Koasati or Choctaw? After the hymn like tribute to the home state, the funky button is hit again for So Cold and continues to rock out through On My Own..

Can’t really fault anything on this album; O.K. so Eric may not have the fastest fingers, but Wow, the way he can hold and bend notes makes his solos a joy. Really impressed too by the fact that [unlike another debut earlier this year on Mascot] Eric isn’t swamped (pardon the pun) by his mentor Tab Benoit; you get more the feel that they’re feeding off each other, think it’s Tab’s best collaboration since Whiskey Store. So evocative of bayou country there’s Spanish moss hanging from my light fittings and can anyone suggest how to get snapping turtles out from under the coffee table?

Till We Bleed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SBbJ8hRcGQ
Graveyard Queen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV2nXJhVi_U

Don't miss the "A" out the middle of the surname, and if you're near any of the below shows, might be worth a look in:-

Friday, December 8 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson @ Kalamazoo State Theatre
  Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 

Saturday, December 9 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson w/ Tab Benoit @ Taft Theatre
  Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH 45202-3398 

Sunday, December 10 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson w/ Tab Benoit @ Beachland Ballroom
  Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH 44110 

Tuesday, December 12 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson w/Tab Benoit @ Callahan's
  Callahan's , Auburn Hills, MI 48326 

Thursday, December 14 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson w/ Tab Benoit @ The Castle Theatre
  The Castle Theatre, Bloomington, IL 61701 

Friday, December 15 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson w/ Tab Benoit @ Route 20
  Route 20, Sturtevant, WI 53177 

Saturday, December 16 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson w/ Tab Benoit @ City Winery Chicago
  City Winery, Chicago, IL 60607 

Saturday, January 6, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
Eric Johanson
  Louisiana Music Factory, New Orleans, LA 70116 

Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson w/ Tab Benoit @ Dosey Doe
  Dosey Doe, The Woodlands, TX 77380 

Sunday, February 4, 2018 @ 7:00 PM — Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson - Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise
Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, Departing Ft. Lauderdale 

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson w/ Tab Benoit @ Route 92
  Route 92, Youngsville, LA 70592 

Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Eric Johanson w/ Tab Benoit @ House Of Blues
HOB New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70130

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

Re: Eric Johanson

Had a word that Eric is very interested in putting some UK dates together in the near future; give you local venues/promoters a nudge. As they say in Hartlepool, "he's good gravy" or should that be "gumbo"?

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........