ERIC ANDERSEN WITH ERIC LEE, VIOLIN
Concert Date and Time: Friday, January 17, 2020, 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
On Friday January 17, legendary singer-songwriter Eric Andersen will perform at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild's Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, accompanied by violinist Eric Lee. Called "a great ballad singer and writer" by Bob Dylan, Andersen has over the past fifty years toured the world and released more than thirty CDs of original music. Andersen's most famous songs include "Violets of Dawn" and "Thirsty Boots," with potent lyrics that reveal his literary devotion to the likes of Dostoevsky, Rimbaud, and Kerouac. These songs and more have been covered by artists including Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, John Denver, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, Peter, Paul & Mary, and more. Andersen has also co-written songs with Bob Weir, Townes Van Zandt, Rick Danko, and Lou Reed.
"I get labeled as a folk singer," Andersen says in the documentary The Songpoet (Toward Castle Films, 2019), "I prefer not being called one, because that's not really what I do." For those of us not actually inside Andersen's head, this might be a hard one to figure out: his melodies and melodious voice, his guitar and harmonica, and his heartfelt high-poetry lyrics speak immediately to the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene. Andersen was one of the original players of that scene along with Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton, whom he credits for discovering him in 1963. After recording albums Today is the Highway and 'Bout Changes and Things, Andersen was briefly managed by Brian Epstein of Beatles fame, who died unexpectedly in 1967. In 1970, Andersen played the famous "Festival Express," the trans-Canadian train tour that included Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, and more. Andersen was a resident of Woodstock, New York, between 1975 and 1983.
Today Eric Andersen's performances include his early classics like "Thirsty Boots" as well as new material from his recent album projects inspired by writers Albert Camus and Lord Byron. In 2018 Sony/Legacy Recordings released a two-CD set, The Essential Eric Andersen, recorded from 1964–2006 and including rare and unreleased recordings featuring Joan Baez, David Bromberg, Rick Danko, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, Leon Russell, and Richard Thompson.
Two VIP tickets to Eric Andersen with Eric Lee, violin will be raffled off at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild's 20th Annual 5 by 7 Show Preview Party on December 6, 2019 at the Kleinert/James. Raffle tickets are $5 for 5 tickets, or $20 for 25 tickets and support ongoing programming at Byrdcliffe including exhibitions and musical performances. VIP tickets are for front-row seats and include a private meet-and-greet with the artists.
Photo credits: photo on the left by Paolo Brillo and photo on the right by Diana Davies.