Eric Andersen: The Beat Goes On

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Submitted by Don Graham

Photo Credit: Pål M. Smørvik

Eric Andersen, singer/songwriter, poet, philosopher, renaissance man and Americana ambassador is on the road again. That in itself is not newsworthy, Eric Andersen NOT on the road would be more newsworthy, but it’s how he goes on the road that is always unique. Eric goes out in different configurations, as a single, duo, or a band which sometimes includes his beautiful and talented wife, Inge.

For this tour Eric explains “The new group lineup includes the amazing Cheryl Prashker on percussion and North African djembe and fantastic singer-songwriter and producer Steve Addabbo on guitar. On some dates we’ll round the sound out with the Maine virtuoso and ace singer-songwriter Joyce Andersen joining us on violin and viola. another perfect trio. To introduce the band:Joyce Andersen is a New England singer-songwriter and violinist who has recorded with me on the album "Beat Avenue" and had released solo albums including "Swerve" and others with Harvey Reid. She specializes in country and blues Americana roots music. Steve Addabbo has produced my album "Ghost Upon The Road" and tracks for his Sony Legacy release "Stages: The Lost Album." He produced Suzanne Vega's Grammy Award winning song "Luka" and albums by Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Richard Shindell. He has mixed the productions of last five Bob Dylan's "Bootleg" release series. He has recently released an album of original songs, Cheryl Prashker is a percussionist and recording artist who has performed on my forthcoming album "Mingle With the Universe: The Worlds of Lord Byron" and performs with the popular Irish music-based group Runa. She is the president of NERFA (the North East Regional Folk Alliance.)I personally wish to invite all songwriting and musical fans of hand-made ballads, hip-wrung slow and country rock, deep blues songs to come around and attend our exciting upcoming USA Northeast corridor club shows. We will also do some of my Camus and Lord Byron songs. My tour starts Sept. 22, in -- where else? The Nation's Capitol -- Washington, D.C.! And it will end in Maine.Before and after every date you’ll find us scurrying up and down the N.E. corridor turnpikes and highways from Washington, D.C. to Maine, with New York and Boston thrown in the middle. It will include a live Concert Window performance out of New York and am proud to be working with a new little rhythm band of two and sometimes three players.

The 2016 Fall Tour is as follows:
Thursday, September 22,SiriusXM Radio, Live interview & performance with an 11:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time featuring Cheryl Prashker on percussion and Steve Addabbo on guitar
Thursday, September 22,2016 Jammin' Java Vienna, VA with  Seth Glieropeninh.
Friday, September 23, 2016 Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, New York, NY
Saturday, September 24, 2016,Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
Sunday, September 25, 2016,The Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Concert Window Live online concert!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, The Turning Point,Piermont, NY
Saturday, October 1, 2016Tramuto Foundation,15th Anniversary Benefit Celebration, Cape Neddick, ME

Eric goes on to say “In the spring there is a run planned of group dates on the West Coast ranging from New Mexico, California, and up to Vancouver with some in the Midwest including the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The band tour starts early April 2017.”

A couple of pieces of news from Eric : “My new Byron album “Mingle With The Universe: The Worlds of Lord Byron” will come out in January 2017. Sony Records will release a 40-song Essential Eric Andersen on their famous Legacy label in the Fall of 2017 to accompany the nearly completed Songpoet film by Paul Lamont.”

Eric Andersen is one of America's best songwriters to ever put pen to paper and although Kris Kristofferson, whom Eric presented an award to in Norway last month, is said to have brought the tender lyrics to songs with “waking in the morning to the feeling of your fingers on my skin” type poetry, consider Eric Andersen’s beautiful similar type lyrics, pre-Kristofferson. “turn around, don’t whisper out my name. Cause like a breeze it’ll stir a dieing flame. I’ll miss someone, if it eases you to know.  But  close the door lightly when you go”. Beautiful.

So keep your eyes and ears open for an Eric Andersen date near you. It strikes me that Eric’s iconic “I Shall Go Unbounded’ may well be about his boundless energy. Thanks for the music Eric and keep “mingling with the universe.” The beat goes on. See you out there.