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Eric Johnson to release Up Close, acoustic date set for January

Artwork for Eric Johnson's Up Close, in stores December 7.
Artwork for Eric Johnson's Up Close, in stores December 7.
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Austin-based guitarist Eric Johnson is a perfectionist. Fans of the exceptionally talented virtuoso have gotten used to this fact, patiently waiting years for each of Johnson’s studio albums to be released. Completed earlier this year, Up Close is set for release on Tuesday, December 7 and will include guest appearances by Sonny Landreth, Jimmie Vaughan, Steve Miller and Jonny Lang. Eric’s previous studio album was Bloom, released in 2005.

Among the fifteen songs on the album is a cover of ‘Texas’ by the short-lived 60s group The Electric Flag. The song features Jimmie Vaughan on guitar and Steve Miller on vocals. ‘Austin,’ the first single from Up Close, is sung by Jonny Lang who also trades guitar licks with Johnson on the track.

Johnson is expected to tour in support of Up Close, but before he does, Houstonians will have an opportunity to see him perform acoustically at Warehouse Live when the Guitar Masters acoustic tour concludes on January 29. Johnson will be joined by Andy McKee & Peppino D’Agostino for a more subdued evening than one would expect from an electric show with Eric Johnson. Each guitarist will perform separate sets before coming together for the show’s finale.

Warehouse Live is located at 813 St. Emanuel Street in Downtown Houston, three blocks from Minute Maid Park. Tickets for this all ages show are $25 for general admission and $35 for reserved seating.