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Free at Noon Flashback: Eric Johnson displays tasteful virtuosity with an intimate, acoustic set

Eric Johnson | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Eric Johnson | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

There’s a fine line between guitar virtuoso and guitar show-off, and, unfortunately, there’s no shortage of the latter. All too often, the music they make devolves into a flashy display of their prowess, and they lose sight of why music exists in the first place–to communicate. Remember Greg? That guy from college who used words like “quixotic” and “lachrymose”? If you thought he was annoying, imagine if he played guitar. Then, imagine the cool guy in the back of the class that was soft-spoken, just as talented, and had way better hair. That’s Eric Johnson. Continue reading →