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Eric Andersen

Eric Andersen has maintained a career as a folk-based singer/songwriter since the 1960s. In contrast to such peers as Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs, Andersen's writing has had a romantic/philosophical/poetic bent for the most part, rather than a socially conscious one, though one of his best-known songs, "Thirsty Boots," has as its background the Freedom Rides of the early '60s. (The song has been recorded by Judy Collins and others.)

After emerging from the Northeast folk-club circuit, Andersen began to record in 1965 with Today Is the Highway. His second album, 'Bout Changes & Things, contained some of his most accomplished writing, including the highly poetic "Violets of Dawn," "Thirsty Boots," and "I Shall Go Unbounded." All were sung in Andersen's flexible tenor (he shaded toward a baritone later), backed by rapid, intricate fingerpicking. In the late '60s and early '70s, Andersen experimented with country, pop, and rock music, settling on an amalgamation by the time of his masterpiece Blue River in 1972. This was also his most commercially successful album, but Andersen, like friends Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt, was always too serious-minded for the mainstream. In the '70s and '80s, he recorded sporadically while playing folk clubs around the U.S. and especially in Europe, where he took up residence. His later material, including 1989's Ghosts Upon the Road, recalls his work in the '60s as it ruefully reflects on that decade. The '90s saw Andersen collaborate with friends like Rick Danko and Jonas Fjeld on Danko/Fjeld/Andersen, as well as release a solo album, 1998's Memory of the Future; Andersen also oversaw the release of Stages: The Lost Album as well as a 1999 reissue of Blue River. You Can't Relive the Past followed early the next year. Beat Avenue from 2003 was an ambitious double CD while 2004's The Street Was Always There was a nostalgic look back at the music of the New York Greenwich Village scene of the early to mid-'60s. Waves from 2005 was another album of covers, but with broader material. Anderson released Blue Rain in May 2007. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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As the 66 implies, Club 47, Cambridge , takes me back.......b u t Anderson was new in town. Newport provided his tunes.......
Was 16 when I first heard Eric Anderson and his music still sounds fresh to me. Violets of Dawn and the Hustler only scratch the surface of what this artist brought to the table.
I couldn't wait for his next album to come out way back when. Then I had the chance to Eric at Syracuse U Jabawacky and later at Hobart College in my home town of Geneva. Eric also attended Hobart.
great artist and should have been better recognised. bad luck and bad timing marred his otherwise brillant career. never heard the danko stuff but would like to.
Once heartfelt expressions of true self are released by poets, feelers and healers; that energy is always there to be fed on and then shared. Thanks for letting me sit at the table, a safe place to rest and nurish my soul.
Each album signaled a new revelation during my college days, from Today is the Highway to Country Dream. Best for me is Blue River; I have always been faithful, but I've not always been true.
Transfixed in the sixties by his songs as sung by friends I had back then. Had an impulse to google a song line and was reminded of the artist. Now this will be a much treasured Pandora station!
I had the distinct pleasure of catching him in a Greenwich Village coffee house on one of his earliest such appearances. Can't remember when - but my girlfriend/w i f e and i were seated at the same tiny little table with his parents.

Loved his sound there and then, always will.
1965 at the Newport Folk Festival behind Stokeley Carmichael and Richie Havens and next to Tom Paxton who said Eric has the most beautiful voice of any of us. That was the afternoon on which Eric forgot the words to Violets of Dawn. But it didn't matter. Not a bit.
I have loved Eric Andersen since I first heard him in the 70's. I was lucky enough to meet him in the 80's in DC, he was just back from a rock tour of Europe so he played all rock songs, during the break we talked for over an hour and I asked him what his favorite song was, he said it was thirsty boots, I asked why he wasn't singing his folk music he replied he was trying to make it as a rocker- then he played the entire second show from his thirsty boots album, I was thrilled.
jwlombard354
I really loved his album "More Hits From Tin Pan Alley". I never hear it mentioned. To my mind, it was a masterpiece!
Fell in love with Eric first time I heard him open his mouth at a concert at Michigan State Univ.- coffee house setting- bought another ticket and stayed for the 2nd show. That was back in 1973. Lost track of him for a while. Hope to get to see him in person again. Still love his voice- older or not. And his music is still moving and soul reaching for me.
danandharrie t
I have only a snipit of a radio recording of a song of his I believe is entitled "Can't get you out of my life". It was about 1975. I can not find it anywhere!
Eric Andersen has a knack for a powerful but edgy turn of phrase. He has tried for so long to be serious that it feels like a long shadow now. I still like the Andersen-esq u e hooks within his song stories. It's a long way from acoustic syncopation of "Thirsty Boots" to his urban drawl and echo guitar on "Hard Rain is Gonna Fall" off the newest release. Change is a constant, but age is a larger variable. I respect Eric but I wish he would relax just a bit.
artdirectord a n
Saw him live at a few small clubs in Northern Virginia last year. Still has the charm though the voice has grown old. What a great opportunity to see him this late in his life.
...and all the girls would flock around...
Same with me..going back to the mid sixties. I have searched and searched for the album titled AVALANCHE. Can't find it anywhere
Eric has had a tremendous impact on me since the mid sixties. Every new album opened a new world and resonated strongly with what was going on in my life. He deserves much greater recognition. "Blue River" has to be my favorite album.
hjemmemiller
why such a limited selection of his work on pandora?
jerry150
Great Stuff!
I knew him in Boston when he lived with J. Geils Band in 'the Garden of Joy'....He was talented then and still is now!

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