We know him for his electric tones, but now Eric Johnson is throwing guitar fans a bit of a curveball with an all-acoustic album, EJ [Provogue/Mascot Label Group], set for release on October 7.
"Ever since I was young, I've played piano and acoustic guitar in my private life," says Johnson. "This type of music has always been a part of me, but I never showcased it on any kind of bigger level—like a full acoustic record. With EJ, I just decided to be more honest with myself and everybody, and show more of my personal side.
"Almost all of the material was cut live. Some of the songs I actually sang and played at the same time — just live in the studio. Recording this way gave it more of an honest realism and organic emotion. Especially on the acoustic, you just have to get in there and play."