guitarist, singer, songwriter Eric Johanson has a new
album out that totally rocks entitled, The Deep And The Dirty.
Joining Eric on this stellar release are Terrence Higgins on
drums, Eric Vogel on bass, Jesse Dayton on shaker
and tambourine, and Patrick Herzog on shaker and tambourine. The
12-track album was released on the Ruf Records label, hit the streets on July 28, 2023, and is well worth giving it many a
Johanson - The Deep And The Dirty: Don't
Hold Back, The Deep And The Dirty, Beyond The Sky, Undertow, Just Like New,
Elysian Fields, Galaxy Girl, Familiar Sound, Gets Me High, Stepping Stone,
Borrowed Time, She Is The Song
Personnel: Eric Johanson: guitar and vocals, Terrence Higgins: drums, Eric Vogel:
bass, Jesse Dayton: shaker and tambourine, Patrick Herzfeld:
shaker and tambourine
Johanson - The Deep And The Dirty was
produced by Jesse Dayton on the Ruf Records label. Eric Johanson shows off his songwriting chops writing 5 of the 12
songs on the release and co-writing the other 7 with Jesse Dayton. Born in
Louisiana, he started playing guitar at the age of 5. He honed his craft in New
Zealand and New Orleans and brings diversity and energy that explodes across
each of the songs on this release.
in the studio, Eric writes of that experience by stating, "When you're
playing this kind of music together, you create moments that can't be
replicated if you're recording each part separately. I don't write my guitar
solos beforehand, and I don't record them separately, either. I need to
interact with the band in order to take the solo somewhere special, and that's
why it's important for us to record live. Even if there's a mistake or two, it
feels like an honest representation of the moment."
And The Dirty opens with the Eric
Johanson track Don't Hold Back, which is exactly what Eric does not do,
with its unique music intro that lays the path for how this song will progress.
Next up is the title track, The Deep And The Dirty, which Eric also
penned and features Terrence Higgins' laying a great drum opening that leads
into catchy lyrics and instrumentals that make this track a standout.
continues with another Eric Johanson song, Beyond The Sky, which slows
the pace and is pure Blues at its finest. Eric Johanson and Jesse Dayton collaborate
on the track, Undertow, which picks up the pace with its pounding drum
opening that leads into Eric's guitar before sliding into the driving lyrics.
Just Like New is another Eric and Jesse collaboration that slows the pace
and has some excellent guitar picking on this one.
Next on the
playlist is Elysian Fields that takes Blues on a musical journey that is
just so catchy that you will want to replay many times to capture all the
nuances. The release continues with Galaxy Girl, also a collaboration, that
picks up the pace with its drum, bass, and guitar intro that rocks before
jolting into the lyrics, "She's my galaxy girl..." and is downright fabulous.
Sound is in the number 8 spot in the playlist,
and takes the listener to the South with its Southern Blues Rock intro and
lyrics that implore "I crossed the ocean, tried to lay my troubles down..." Next
up is the Eric Johanson song, Gets Me High, another excellent cut on the
release. Eric and Jesse collaborate on Stepping Stone, which has a
great, long instrumental intro before sliding into the lyrics, followed by a
powerful rock beat and guitar solo that works so well on this track. "I'll
never give up; I'll never give in... I'll work my fingers to the bone..."
the home stretch of the release, Eric gives the listener one more superb song
he wrote, Borrowed Time, about "living on borrowed time ... but still I
pay for my crime...", then closes out the release with another great
collaboration with Jesse Dayton, entitled, She Is The Song, which slows
the pace and gently brings the listener back down after a musical high. Eric
Johanson - The Deep And The Dirty is destined to become a Blues Rock favorite.
time, keep enjoying the music!
information on Ruf Records please visit the website: www.rufrecords.com
where you can procure Eric Johanson - The Deep And The Dirty - Amazon, Eric Johanson, and Ruf Records.
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