Photos and Text by Tim Van Schmidt
Eric Johnson, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, February 8, 2018.
The trend of touring by featuring the performance of a full album usually marks an artist’s most popular work. In the case of guitarist Eric Johnson, reuniting with original band members drummer Tommy Taylor and bassist Kyle Brock, his “Ah Via Musicom” album tour not only highlights perhaps his most popular work, but also a definitive artistic statement. It’s all there- Johnson’s unique combination of silvery polished tone and swirling execution- and the tunes are carefully measured to highlight different moods. What Johnson poured into this single album covers the breadth and depth of a distinctive and creative guitarist’s work and while Johnson wields much more career material, this music continues to reflect the best of his musical skills and taste. His is ultimately a positive and even uplifting music, but still very much capable of blasting through the night.