Listen to Eric Johnson’s New Dual Single Releases
The Grammy-award winning guitarist says his latest material has a “certain personal magic.”
On July 29, Eric Johnson is set to release not one but two new albums titled Yesterday Meets Today (opens in new tab) and The Book of Making (opens in new tab) via Blue Élan Records.
Ahead of these releases, the prolific Stratocaster-wielding virtuoso has, today, released a pair of singles: “To Be Alive” and “Move On Over."
Taken from Yesterday Meets Today, “To Be Alive” was co-written with singer/guitarist Arielle – the only guest to appear on both albums.
“It was a song I wrote years ago but never had any lyrics for,” commented Johnson. “It was recorded a couple years ago after Arielle wrote some very nice lyrics for it.
"I’m a big fan of her voice and I love the way she sang the song."
Meanwhile, “Move On Over” is the latest track to appear from The Book of Making and is described by Johnson as a, “variation on a John Lee Hooker riff.”
Speaking of the new single Johnson said, “I just added some vocals that would talk about getting out of the way and letting the universal spirit flow through you.
"It was actually a live track from an Alien Love Child gig."
It was during the 2020 lockdown when Johnson felt inspired to take a trawl through his vaults and see what he could find.
What he discovered was enough solid material to fill two entire albums.
Diving deep into his archive the guitarist uncovered a treasure trove of outtakes, demos and musical sketches that would lead to a total of 18 songs across two LPs.
“I started pulling these recordings out of the vault at my studio,” Johnson recalls. “Some were professionally done, some were just scratch tapes, some were rehearsal recordings on cassette.
“The music spanned 25 years of creations, thoughts and ideas that remained unfinished for many years.”
Order Yesterday Meets Today here (opens in new tab).
Order The Book of Making here (opens in new tab).
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab), Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.