Eric Johnson Announces Release of “EJ Vol II” on February 28th


As another decade turns, the Austin, TX-based prolific guitarist, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist – ERIC JOHNSON – will release a new studio offering titled EJ Vol IIon February 28, 2020. To celebrate this 11th studio album, JOHNSON has a 55-date tour, spanning nearly 3-months. The tour will hit every major city across the U.S. and will also enter into Canada for one show in Toronto as well.

EJ Vol II follows its predecessor from 2016, which was simply EJ, an all-acoustic collection of songs that showcased nine original compositions and four covers. JOHNSON’s approach was candid, intimate, personal, and delivered with organic emotion. With EJ Vol II, he presents a new repertoire that combines electric and acoustic arrangements and once again represents a collection of originals with a couple of select covers.

Among the new songs, there is deep meaning and messaging with each track, sometimes figurative while at times literal. On “Waterwheel,” he captures personal feelings about the gift of the flow of the spirit and synchronicity of all things under the universe in creation, utilizing the water wheel or an old paddle wheel that turns in water as the metaphorical symbolism. The song “Golden Way” approaches finding the true higher path in life, while the poignant “For the Stars,” captures his introspection surrounding the loss of his mother as he looks up towards the sky at night wondering where she is now. Along with the 11 original songs, there are two covers on the album; The Beatles “Hide Your Love Away” and Eric’s arrangement of Bert Jansch’s take on the traditional “Black Waterside.” The latter was first recorded in 1966 but became infamous through Jimmy Page performing a similar riff on Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut without acknowledging the credit (on “Black Mountain Side”).

The new 2020 tour titled “Classics: Present and Past” will feature EJ Vol. II alongside selections from his prolific career.  The EJ touring band will feature Roscoe Beck on bass (Leonard Cohen, Robben Ford, Dixie Chicks), Tom Brechtlein on drums (Kenny Loggins, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Robben Ford), and on keyboards + second guitar, Dave Scher (a rising star from the Austin music scene).

The new year will also see the release of a new Fender Stratocaster as a part of their “Stories Collection” (modeled after an instrument JOHNSON frequently used early in his career). This model will be his fourth in the Fender collection of signature Johnson guitars.

For more than four decades, ERIC JOHNSON has been traveling on a prolific odyssey. Along the way, his creations have cross-pollinated the various musical genres, which include rock, blues, jazz, fusion, soul, folk, new-age, classical, and even country. Inevitably E.J. says it best himself in sharing that regardless of the genre, “It boils down to the music and the song at the end of the day,” he explains. “If it doesn’t have that, it gets boring for me. The most important thing for me is to grow musically and make a more comprehensive and meaningful artistic statement with every new project.”

Among JOHNSON ‘s many accolades are a Grammy award for “Cliffs of Dover ” (a track from his Platinum-certified Ah Via Musicom), lifetime induction into the Guitar Player Gallery of Greats, his listing among the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician. In his hometown of Austin TX, a city full of guitarists, the readers of the Austin Chronicle have voted ERIC JOHNSON, the city’s “Best Electric Guitarist” and “Best Acoustic Guitarist” in their yearly poll year after year. They also named him “Electric Guitarist of the Decade” and one of the top five “Musicians of the Decade.”

Throughout his career, Johnson has approached music as a healing force, a way to enhance a listener’s consciousness and conjure joy and inspiration. “That’s what I’ve always appreciated most about other artists,” he says. “Some artists inspire us to wake up and get back to the clarity of consciousness. With this record, I’m trying to do that too, because I appreciate it so much in other people.”

EJ Vol II Track Listing:

  1. Waterwheel                            8. Lake Travis
  2. Gift of love                              9. Hotel Ole
  3. Hide Your Love Away              10. Different Folks
  4. Charldron’s Boat                     11. Golden Way
  5. Over The Moon                       12. Black Waterside
  6. Divanae                                   13. For The Stars
  7. Let A Friend Find You

Eric Johnson on “Classics – Present and Past” Tour:
January 3         The State Room                                  Salt Lake City, UT
January 4         The State Room                                  Salt Lake City, UT
January 5         Revolution Event Center                     Boise, ID
January 6         Hult PAC, Silva Concert Hall               Eugene, OR
January 8         The Bing Crosby Theater                    Spokane, WA
January 9         Lincoln Theatre                                   Mt. Vernon, WA
January 10       Admiral Theatre                                  Bremerton, WA
January 11       The Triple Door                                   Seattle, WA
January 12       Aladdin Theater                                  Portland, OR
January 14       Miner Auditorium                               San Francisco, CA
January 15       Crest Theatre                                      Sacramento, CA
January 16       Sunset Cultural Center                        Carmel, CA
January 17       The Grove of Anaheim                       Anaheim, CA
January 18       The Regent Theater                            Los Angeles, CA
January 19       Majestic Ventura Theater                   Ventura, CA
January 21       House of Blues                                    San Diego, CA
January 22       Rialto Theatre                                     Tucson, AZ
January 23       The Crescent Ballroom                       Phoenix, AZ
January 24       KiMo Theatre                                      Albuquerque, NM
January 25       Paramount Theatre                            Denver, CO
January 26       The Lincoln Center                              Fort Collins, CO
January 29       House of Blues                                    Dallas, TX
January 30       The Aztec Theater                               San Antonio, TX
January 31       House of Blues                                    Houston, TX
February 1       Paramount Theatre                            Austin, TX
Tour Break
February 18     Cain’s Ballroom                                  Tulsa, OK
February 19     Madrid Theatre                                   Kansas City, MO
February 20     The Castle Theatre                              Bloomington, IL
February 21     The Arcada Theatre                            St. Charles, IL
February 22     St. Andrew’s Hall                                Detroit, MI
February 23     The Clyde Theatre                               Fort Wayne, IN
February 25     Opera House                                       Toronto, ONT
February 26     Tralf Music Hall                                  Buffalo, NY
February 27     Tupelo Music Hall                               Derry, NH
February 28     Cabot Performing Arts Center            Beverly, MA
February 29     The Center for Arts in Natick             Natick, MA
March 1           YMCA Boulton PAC                             Bay Shore, NY
March 3           Sony Hall                                             New York, NY
March 4           Warehouse                                         Fairfield, CT
March 5           Swyer Theatre                                     Albany, NY
March 6           The Fillmore – Silver Spring                 Silver Spring, MD
March 7           Sellersville Theater                             Sellersville, PA
March 9           Kent Stage                                          Kent, OH
March 11         Center Stage                                       Atlanta, GA
March 12         Ponte Vedra Concert Hall                   Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
March 13         Broward PAC – Amaturo Theatre        Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 14         House of Blues                                    Lake Buena Vista, FL
March 15         Capitol Theatre                                   Clearwater, FL
March 17         Vinyl Music Hall                                  Pensacola, FL
March 18         Civic Theatre                                       New Orleans, LA
March 21         City Winery                                         Nashville, TN
March 22         Jackson Terminal                                Knoxville, TN
March 27         Diana Wortham Theatre                     Asheville, NC
March 28         House of Blues                                    North Myrtle Beach, SC
March 29         McGlohon Theater@Spirit Square     Charlotte, NC

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