|Eric Johnson has announced a summer tour in support of his forthcoming release Europe Live. The tour begins in Des Moines on July 30 at Wooly's and runs through August 16th at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. Recorded in venues across Johnson's tour of the continent, the majority of the Europe Live captures his appearance at Amsterdam's Melkweg along with selections from two dates in Germany at Die Kantine in Köln and Bochum Zeche and the Paris show at New Morning. Each appearance featured a unique set list, offering Johnson the opportunity to cull this track listing from a wealth of repertoire captured.
The collection's 14 tracks draw from throughout Johnson's career and include two new compositions: The mesmeric "Intro" that opens the set, and the rollicking rocker "Evinrude Fever" (that alludes to his love for water skiing and boating). His Grammy-winning instrumental "Cliffs of Dover" and Grammy nominated "Zap" are performed with fresh and vigorous energy, and he shows his ever-deepening skills as a singer on such numbers as his soaring, blues-tinged salute to his hometown, "Austin," and the airy and glistening "40 Mile Town." Johnson's lifelong love of jazz and more recent forays into playing it emerges on his stunning nine-and-a-half minute interpretation of John Coltrane's "Mr. P.C." on which bassist Chris Maresh and drummer Wayne Salzmann also step out with power. The song selection ranges from an acoustic guitar rendition of "A Song For Life" which he initially cut on his debut studio album to the ferociously funky "Fatdaddy" from his most recent release, Up Close. Johnson celebrates his side-project Alien Love Child with the hard-driving rock workout "Zenland," and the eleven-and-a-half minute multimodal suite "Last House On The Block." Originally released in 1996, the fan favorite "Manhattan" shines, while a gloriously cinematic rearrangement of "When the Sun Meets the Sky," titled "Sun Reprise" closes the set.
Avidly collaborative, Johnson first started recording with others in the 1980s on sessions for Cat Stevens, Christopher Cross and Carole King, and has since recorded and/or performed with Rodney Crowell, Richard Marx, Jennifer Warnes, Carla Olson, Chet Atkins, B.B. King, James Burton, Steve Miller, Jerry Reed, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani (on the original G3 tour), John McLaughlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Sonny Landreth, Dweezil Zappa and Adrian Legg, and many more. He has paid homage in song to such players as Jerry Reed (“Tribute to Jerry Reed” on Bloom), fellow Texan Stevie Ray Vaughan (the Grammy-nominated track “SRV”) and Wes Montgomery (who Johnson saluted in his Ah Via Musicom composition “East Wes”).
Confirmed appearances include:
7/30 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
7/31 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
8/01 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
8/02 Columbus, OH Woodlands Park Street Saloon
8/03 Kent, OH Kent Stage
8/05 Cincinnati, OH Taft Ballroom
8/06 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook
8/07 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
8/08 Evanston, IL SPACE
8/10 Minneapolis, MN Cedar
8/12 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads
8/13 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
8/14 Fort Collins, CO Aggie
8/15 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
8/16 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater