Eric Johnson will release his sixth studio album, <em>Up Close</em>, on December 7. The 15-track disc presents 14 new Johnson compositions plus his version of the Electric Flag song "Texas," and features guest appearances by fellow master players Jimmie Vaughan and Sonny Landreth on guitar and vocals by Steve Miller, Johnny Lang and Lyrical themes of reflection, emotional revelations, personal growth and fulfillment are underscored on the album by Johnson’s most daring, urgent, progressive and at times raw and fervent guitar work to date.
Praised by All Music Guide as one of the "very few musical artists [to] achieve a true signature style which makes comparisons to other musicians impossible," Johnson expands, deepens and enhances his sound on his first album release since <em>Bloom</em> in 2005. The title reflects the revelatory and spontaneous performances on <em>Up Close</em> as well as its sonic immediacy thanks to a mix by legendary veteran engineer Andy Johns.
"I decided to let go a bit and allow things to happen and just go with the flow," explains Johnson of his approach to the album. "I like my work to have a high proficiency, but I also wanted to go for the energy and magic of the performances." He precedes the album’s release with a special acoustic Guitar Masters tour alongside acclaimed players Peppino D’Agostino and Andy McKee in October, and follows it with his second appearance on the Experience Hendrix tour later this year and another leg of the Guitar Masters tour in January. Lyrical themes of reflection, emotional revelations, personal growth and fulfillment are underscored on the album by Johnson’s most daring, urgent, progres- sive and at times raw and fervent guitar work to date.
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