Eric Johnson was born August 17, 1954.
Eric is best known for his ability to incorporate jazz, fusion, new age and rock into his recordings.
Guitar Player magazine called Johnson “One of the most respected guitarists on the planet.”
In 1990 he recorded the single “Cliffs of Dover,” which won him the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
The latest news on Eric is that he just finished a new studio album, and has scheduled 4 Texas shows with his Alien Love Child band. This is from the official post on Johnson’s web site:
“Johnson will now be giving various tracks to three of the top engineers in contemporary music to mix: George Massenberg, Gary Paczosa and Andy Johns. “I’ve spent the last year and a half in the studio, and I really want to get up on stage and do some playing,” says Johnson. After a recent one-off Alien Love Child show in Dallas, “the band was sounding better than ever, so I want to keep that going.”
Guest artists on the new release will include Sonny Landreth, Jimmy Vaughan, and Steve Miller.
Visit Eric’s official web site by clicking HERE.
Happy 56th Birthday Eric Johnson!
T-Bone Walker (born Aaron Joseph Walker) was born on this day in 1910.
T-Bone was a blues guitarist and one of the pioneers of the electric guitar. His electric guitar solos were some of the first heard on blues recordings.
Most of T-Bone’s music was recorded from 1946–1948, including “Stormy Monday” which he recorded in 1947. He followed with “T-Bone Shuffle” and “Let Your Hair Down, Baby”, both considered blues classics.
Jimi Hendrix referred to T-Bone as his childhood hero.
T-Bone was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Happy 100th Birthday T-Bone!
Robben Ford was born on December 16, 1951.
He first picked up a guitar at the age of 13 and by the time he was 18 he was playing professionally.
I read an interview a few months back where Robben was quoted to say he had never earned a dollar in his life outside of playing guitar. Can anyone say “dream job’?
Ford was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician Magazine.
Robben will be playing in Phoenix on January 9th and GuitarDaddy will be there!
Happy 58th Birthday Robben!
Albert Collins was born on October 1, 1932. We lost him 1993. He was one amazing blues guitarist.
Albert had several nicknames, including: “The Ice Man”, “The Master of the Telecaster” and “The Razor Blade”.
Collins was popular throughout the 1980′s and early 1990′s and was an influence for other guitarists… namely: Robert Cray, Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jonny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and John Mayer.
In 1983, he won won the award for best blues album of the year with “Don’t Lose Your Cool”. In 1985, he shared a Grammy for the album Showdown!, which he recorded with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland.
Collins also performed at Live Aid in 1985, playing “The Sky Is Crying”.
Collins will always be remembered for his live performances, where he would often come down from the stage and mingle with the audience. Throughout his career, Albert Collins collaborated with Ronnie Wood, Jimmy Page, Robert Cray, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Not bad company!
Happy 77th Birthday Albert Collins! We miss you!
David Howell Evans was born on August 8, 1961. He is more widely known by his nickname and stage name The Edge (or simply just Edge).
Edge is best known as the guitarist, keyboardist, and main backing vocalist for the rock band U2. The Edge’s unmistakable guitar sound (clean, sharp, incisive, and cutting-Edge) is part of U2′s trademark. The characteristic and mesmerizing sounds and the emotions he expresses through them make him one of the most respected guitarists in rock and roll.
In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named him at #24 on their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”..
Happy Birthday Edge!
Carlos Santana was born on July 20, 1947.
He is a Grammy Award-winning rock musician and a superb guitarist. Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a blend of rock, salsa and jazz fusion. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar set against Latin percussion.
Carlos experienced a tremendous resurgence of popularity and acclaim in the last 10 years. Rolling Stone magazine named Santana #15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003.
Happy Birthday Carlos!