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

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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"?

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3 (edited by BansheeUK 2019-04-29 09:08:48)

Re: Eric Johanson

So, following on from one of my favourite albums of 2017, Eric Johanson has teamed up with New Orleans jazz singer, and also family member Tiffany Pollack for a new album Blues In My Blood; under the banner of Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson, as befits any Southern gentleman….

There is a long tradition of vocal duos in country and folk music, with groups like Little Hurricane; Shovels & Rope or rocking it up like our own Buck & Evans continuing to see success and popularity with the formula. Tiffany Pollack, an acclaimed New Orleans jazz singer, and first cousin Eric Johanson (performing courtesy of Whiskey Bayou Records), former lead guitarist for Cyril Neville, have teamed up to bring that winning tactic to the blues and roots world on their new album “Blues In My Blood.” Eleven tracks of original and select standards showcase the depth of each one’s talent with a new collaboration that is fresh and natural. The Louisiana natives, who each have been building a strong career, and after years of the cousins’ mothers pushing for them to work together, the duo project has come to fruition for a very personal family project in celebration of the blues. And the result is the best Louisianan combination since red beans & rice.

Opener and title track ‘Blues In My Blood’ sets the stage for the passion play, recorded and produced in New Orleans by multi Award-winner Jack Miele at The Music Shed Studios. The storming Southern Gothic blues pean recants Pollack’s life story and her journey to discover the true origin of her musical gifts and a desperate longing that haunts her soul. The mournful tone of Johnny Sansone’s harmonica echoes the heartfelt vocal this time from Johanson on the lover’s lament ‘Memories To Forget.’ He then shows of his formidable slide guitar skills on the southern fried funk burner ‘Keep It Simple,’ sparing with Pollack’s scorching vocals. Life experience often makes for profound art as exemplified in the sorrowful tribute to a fallen soldier ‘Michael,’ delivered form the unique prospective of the undertaker, a role Pollack played while working in the mortuary business. Her vocals weave a spell on us that is only broken when the 504 Horns join the Jazz Funeral Procession in the New Orleans’ first-line tradition. The duo joins together on the chorus of the politically charged blues rocker ‘Diamonds On the Crown,’ followed by a lovely reading of a deep cut from The Rolling Stones’ album “Beggars Banquet,” the lilting country ballad ‘No Expectations.’

Pollack then bravely steps into the shoes of Nina Simone, paying tribute to the jazz legend by digging deep into the 1967 classic ‘Do I Move You?’ with sultry finesse. The introspective ‘Slave Of Tomorrow’ is a heady dish of southern jam rock and the gently swinging blues ‘Get Lost With Me’ has a classic Memphis style that features a heart-aching solo from Johanson. Pollack soars on the cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River,’ (from 1971's Blue album)  staying true to the original, while adding just enough of her own fire to put her mark on the masterpiece. The album’s finale is a gospel-fueled reinvention of the freedom song ‘If I had A Hammer.’ , far removed from Trini Lopez’ 60s hit version. The duo trade verses and slow the tempo to allow in-depth focus on each phrase and emphasize the importance and truth in the lyrics written by Pete Seeger in 1949 in support of the progressive movement.

This inspirational duo of Tiffany Pollack and Eric Johanson bring an indie, roots-based approach to the blues, both honouring and expanding the traditions they learned growing up in Louisiana. Their powerful song writing is a gift that flows from the undeniable blues in their blood and transcends their shared genetics. their two styles are skillfully combined with the lightest touch in production keeping the sound light, crisp but punchy. This is the sort of album you don’t realise how good it is, until you find you’ve been playing it all night.

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Blues In My Blood (live) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf_9PS03Dck

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4 (edited by BansheeUK 2020-02-11 03:33:12)

Re: Eric Johanson

Heading back to the studio with Luther & Cody Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars.

Later this month I'll be hitting the studio for my second record to be released under my own name, this time produced by Luther Dickinson, also featuring Cody Dickinson on drums.  I've been a big fan of these guys for quite some time, and it's an honor to be recording with them at their Zebra Ranch studios in Mississippi.  Stay tuned for updates from the studio.

First Tab Benoit, now Luther & Cody - this guy's got a great address book.....

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Re: Eric Johanson

Eric's new album, Below Sea Level is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp. Release date - 18th Sept.

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