Q&A with Eric Johnson
Guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson was just added to the Vilar Center’s fall lineup. The Vail Trail was recently able to track Eric down to ask him a few questions before he comes to town Saturday, Oct. 9.VT: Your most recent album, Souvenir, is quite different than your other albums. Can you tell us about it and what makes it so different than the others?EJ: It is not a regular release, it is a compilation of a lot of stuff I never put on an album and therefore we just put it out on the internet, kind of for the fans. I have a new electric record that is all finished that will be out in January, and it is a regular record.VT: Even though Souvenir is somewhat of a compilation of songs from different times throughout your career, does the album still have a theme or a flow to it?EJ: I did it on the internet because it was never really planned as a regular record. It’s just bits and pieces. Different people kind of said, ‘This would be worth putting out, and this would also be worth putting out,’ so I just kind of put together a hodgepodge of stuff. It never had a concept of having the right kind of flow in the first place, we just tried to do the best we could with all the pieces that we decided were worthy to put out for all the fans.I put out a live record, a regular release, and then the Souvenir thing was just kind of an interim thing for the internet only.VT: Tell us about touring with B.B. King; being that he is a childhood hero of yours, was that one of the cooler things you’ve done?EJ: Oh, it really was, it was great, he is wonderful and really great to tour with just getting to see him play every night and getting to jam with him and stuff is incredible.VT: Have you ever played in Vail before?EJ: Yeah, I have, it’s great. We’re going to be in Beaver Creek for a few days, and we’re looking forward to it.VT: You call Austin home though, right?EJ: I am from Austin and have been playing there since I was about 14. I travel a lot, we get the opportunity to travel all over the world, and I like traveling, but I always enjoy coming back home to Austin.Eric Johnson will be playing at the Vilar Center on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Vilar Center Box Office between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday two hours before scheduled shows by calling 748-TIXS or via email at vilarcenter.org. By Bridget Blackwell
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