Thirty years following his 1986 breakthrough, Tones, guitar legend Eric Johnson is releasing his 1st all-acoustic album. The disc, dubbed EJ, will be available October 7 via Provogue.
Nowadays, we bring you the exclusive premiere of one of the songs from EJ: Johnson’s cover of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s 1951 classic, “The Planet Is Waiting for the Sunrise,” which also takes place to function the fretwork of guitarist Doyle Dykes. You can check it out beneath.
“Ever given that I was young, I’ve played piano and acoustic guitar in my private life,” Johnson says. “This sort of music has constantly been a element of me, but I never showcased it on any type of larger level, like a complete acoustic record. With EJ, I just decided to be a lot more truthful with myself and everybody, and show much more of my personal side.
“Nearly all of that material was reduce reside. Some of the songs I actually sang and played at the same time—just live in the studio. Recording this way gave it a lot more of an sincere realism and organic emotion. Specifically on the acoustic, you just have to get in there and play.”
On the original compositions “Wonder,” “Fatherly Downs” and “All Items You Are,” Johnson plays his 1980 Martin D-45, a present from his late father. He plays the steel-string on his instrumentals “After Upon a Time in Texas,” “All Issues You Are” and “Song for Irene.” He conjures the stunning, pensive tones of “Serinidad,” yet another original instrumental, on a Ramirez nylon-string model. A spirited steel-string arrangement of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” rounds out the solo guitar tracks.
Johnson also arranged Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair” for voice and piano and plays piano on the originals “Water Under the Bridge,” “November” and “Wrapped in a Cloud,” an ensemble track with acoustic bass, cello, drums and percussion. He rearranged Jimi Hendrix’s “One particular Rainy Want” for guitar and piano, capping the efficiency with a jazz-inflected piano solo. You can check out the complete tracklist beneath.
In assistance of EJ, Johnson will embark on a series of U.S. tours that will bring him to about 60 cities. Keep tuned for dates and information.
For far more about Johnson and EJ, visit ericjohnson.com. To preorder EJ, head here.
1. Mrs. Robinson
2. Water Below the Bridge
four. Wrapped in a Cloud
5. After Upon a Time in Texas
6. One Rainy Want
eight. Fatherly Downs
9. The Planet Is Waiting for the Sunrise
11. All Factors You Are
12. Scarborough Fair
13. Song for Irene