Review: Eric Johnson's vocals, acoustic guitar shine
February 28, 2020
Eric Johnson, "EJ Vol. II" (Vortexan Music)
Eric Johnson's new album shows the amazing Texas guitar wizard moving another mystifying step closer to a singer-songwriter role.
Nine of the 13 tracks on "EJ Vol. II" are mostly sung ballads, some featuring a string quartet. A few of the songs have memorable melodies and gorgeous guitar solos, but they pale in comparison to the purely instrumental tunes showcasing Johnson's fluid chops and exciting musicianship.
Among the vocal tunes, "Different Folks" is one of the best, with a trademark electric guitar tone and lyrical solo as Johnson express...