Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. His 1990 album Ah Via Musicom was certified platinum by the RIAA, and the single "Cliffs of Dover" won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.[2]

Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist, as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist.[3] He plays in many genres, including rock, blues, jazz fusion, soul, folk, new-age, classical, and country.[4] Guitar Player magazine has called him "one of the most respected guitarists on the planet".[5]

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson 2017 ©John Bland
Johnson in 2017
Background information
Birth nameDavid Eric Johnson[1]
BornAugust 17, 1954 (age 64)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
GenresRock, instrumental rock, jazz fusion, blues
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, piano
Years active1969–present
LabelsReprise, Capitol, Epic, Warner Bros., Favored Nations, Ark21, EMI, Concord
Associated actsElectromagnets, Alien Love Child, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Mike Stern

Music career

Early life

Born into a musically inclined family, David Eric Johnson and his three sisters studied piano, and his father was a whistling enthusiast. Johnson started learning the guitar at age 11 and rapidly began progressing through the music that would heavily influence his future style, including Mike Bloomfield, Chet Atkins, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ric Bailey, Wes Montgomery, Jerry Reed, Bob Dylan, and Django Reinhardt, among others.[3] At the age of 15, he joined his first professional band, Mariani, a psychedelic rock group. In 1968, Johnson and the group recorded a demo, which saw an extremely limited release; years later, the recording became a prized collector's item.[4][6][7][8][9]

Early bands

The Electromagnets with Eric Johnson performing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, on April 11, 1976.

After graduating from high school, Johnson briefly attended the University of Texas at Austin and traveled with his family to Africa. He eventually returned to Austin and in 1974, joined a local fusion group called Electromagnets. The group toured and recorded regionally, but did not attract attention from major record labels and as a result, disbanded in 1977. However, the strength of Johnson's playing attracted a small cult following to the group's early recordings, and decades later, their two albums were given wide release on compact disc.[10][11]

Seven Worlds

Following the Electromagnets' demise, Johnson formed a touring trio, the Eric Johnson Group, with drummer Bill Maddox and bassist Kyle Brock. They played to audiences around Austin. From 1976–1978, Johnson recorded Seven Worlds, his debut album, at Odyssey Studios in Austin. Contract disputes followed, and Seven Worlds was not released until 1998 on Ark21 Records.[12][13]

Unable to secure a new management contract, Johnson began working as a session guitarist for some well-known acts, including Cat Stevens,[14] Carole King, and Christopher Cross.[15] While a session musician, Johnson continued to perform locally in Austin.

Johnson's career rebounded in 1984 when he was signed to Warner Bros. Records. Christopher Cross and producer David Tickle recommended Johnson to the label. His breakthrough appearance at Austin City Limits on July 31st, 1984 was recorded and later released on CD/DVD in 2010. The performance of Cliffs Of Dover from the concert was distributed in a flexi-disc soundpage in the May, 1986 issue of Guitar Player magazine.

Tones and Ah Via Musicom

In May 1986, Guitar Player magazine ran a cover story about Johnson. The article helped promote the release of Tones and brought Johnson critical praise as well as elevating his profile in the guitar and music community.[16] The album's track "Zap" was nominated for the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, but as a whole, the album did not sell well, and Warner Bros. let Johnson's contract expire. He signed on with indie label Cinema Records, distributed by Capitol Records.[17]

By the time Johnson released his 1990 Capitol Records debut album, Ah Via Musicom, he was regularly winning awards for his musicianship in the guitar press. During this period, Johnson also drew recognition for the rich, violin-like lead sound he coaxed from his beloved 1954 Fender Stratocaster, which he named Virginia. The album's second track, "Cliffs of Dover", exemplified his unique sound and won Johnson a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.[3] Ah Via Musicom was a crossover hit and was certified platinum.

Venus Isle

Johnson is an admitted perfectionist, and those traits seemed to work against the Ah Via Musicom follow-up release. Unhappy with his recordings, Johnson mastered, then later scrapped several completed tracks for the new album and delayed its release for three years, on top of the three years he had spent touring in support of Ah Via Musicom. He also had setbacks involving musical growth and personal issues while recording his next album, Venus Isle.[18][19]

Venus Isle was released on September 3, 1996. It was an album with world influences that demonstrated Johnson's growth as a guitarist, songwriter, producer, musical arranger, and vocalist. But the album received mixed reviews and did not match the success of its predecessor. As a result, Johnson was dropped from Capitol Records. He rebounded with a successful tour from October to November 1996 with fellow guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Named the "G3" tour, it resulted in a successful platinum-selling compact disc and DVD titled G3: Live in Concert.

Solo albums in the 2000s

Johnson eventually returned to the recording studio, releasing Souvenir in January 2002 on his own Vortexan Records label. The album, released on the Internet, received nearly 65,000 plays in the first seven weeks after it was made available on[20] Johnson promoted Souvenir with an electric tour in 2003 and an acoustic tour in 2004.[21][22]

Johnson's album Bloom was released in June 2005, on Vai's Favored Nations label. The album was divided into three sections with different musical styles, intended to showcase Johnson's versatility.[3][23] His December 1988 Austin City Limits performance was released on both DVD and compact disc on New West Records in November 2005. His instructional guitar DVD, The Art of Guitar (Hal Leonard Corporation), was also released at the end of 2005.

On June 24, 2014, Provogue Records released Europe Live,[24] a retrospective of Johnson's work that features two new compositions. One of the new compositions is entitled "Evinrude Fever" and draws inspiration from water skiing and boating.[25]

Other projects

In 1994, Johnson formed a side project called Alien Love Child and played shows sporadically while recording Venus Isle. The positive fan feedback from the shows made Alien Love Child a permanent gig. A live performance recording, Live and Beyond, was released in 2000 on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label.[26][27][28] Alien Love Child featured the vocal prowess Malford Milligan, an Austin area musician who fronted the very popular local band Storyville, made up of members of Stevie Ray Vaughn's Double Trouble.

In 1998, Johnson was among the judges in Musician magazine's "Best Unsigned Bands" competition, along with Ani DiFranco, Moby, Art Alexakis of Everclear, Keb' Mo', and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.[29]

In 2003, Johnson contributed a guitar solo on Mike Tramp's solo album, More to Life than This. The solo was featured on the track "The Good, the Sad and the Ugly".[30]

In September 2006, Johnson took part in a theatrical production titled Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar – the first definitive theatrical journey through the guitar's colorful and controversial 3,500-year history. In September 2007, Johnson participated in a second theatrical production by the same company titled Love In: A Musical Celebration in which he performed a Jimi Hendrix set, a tribute to the year 1967, often called "The Summer of Love".[31]

In late 2006, Johnson participated in a second G3 tour in South America, with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci.

Johnson appeared as part of Guitar Player magazine's Ultimate Musician's Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas in February 2014, with guitarists Joe Perry, Steve Vai, Elliot Easton, Michael Anthony, and others.[32] He appeared with Zakk Wylde, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, and Doyle Bramhall II as part of the eighth edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour highlighting the music of Jimi Hendrix, in March 2014.[33] Johnson returned to the Experience Hendrix Tour in September and October 2014.[34] Johnson and fellow guitarist Mike Stern kicked off their Eclectic Guitar Tour on November 6, 2014,[35] and released an album supporting it on October 27, 2014.[36] In August 2015, he participated in the "Vai Academy" along with guitarists Steve Vai and Sonny Landreth, and also kicked off an acoustic tour of the Southwest.[34][37]

Guitars and equipment


Fender strat eric johnson
Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster

Johnson is best known for playing stock and lightly modified Fender Stratocasters and Gibson ES-335 electric guitars through a triple amp setup that consists of Fender, Dumble and Marshall amplifiers. He tends to swap out the bridge pickups in some of his Stratocasters for DiMarzio HS-2 pickups, because they don't hum as much as standard single-coils. Johnson has also played other guitar brands such as Robin, Rickenbacker, Jackson, and a Charvel, which appears on the cover of the Ah Via Musicom album. In 2001, Johnson added a Gibson Custom Shop '59 Les Paul Reissue to his collection of guitars. It is noteworthy that he no longer uses a Dumble amplifier, as he had to replace a faulty component in his favorite Dumble, the Steel String Singer. It never sounded the same afterwards, and he sold the amplifier to Carlos Santana.

Johnson has had several models built to his specifications for sale in the mass market. In 2003, C. F. Martin & Company released a limited-edition Eric Johnson Signature MC-40 guitar built to his specifications. Johnson donated 5 percent of the profits of the guitar's sales to his father's alma mater, Jefferson Medical College.[38] Johnson has also been known to use the Martin D-45 before his signature Martin guitar was released.

In 2005, Fender released an Eric Johnson Signature Fender Stratocaster also built to his specifications. This was followed up in early 2009 when Fender released the Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Rosewood model, featuring the same specifications as the Eric Johnson Maple Neck guitar, with the addition of an unusual three-ply, eight-hole white pick guard, hotter treble pickup, and a bound rosewood laminate fingerboard with pearloid dot position markers.

In March 2018, Fender released an Eric Johnson Signature Thinline Fender Stratocaster built to exactly the same specifications as his first signature Strat, the sole exception being that the guitar is the first semi-hollow Stratocaster which has ever been produced by Fender. The guitar is available in Vintage White and 2-Color Sunburst, with Quartersawn Maple necks exclusively.

In January 2006, a man named Brian Sparks was arrested for posing as Johnson and in the process defrauding businesses out of about US$18,000 worth of guitars and equipment.[39] Also in 2006, some of Johnson's guitars that had been stolen 24 years earlier were recovered.[40]

Johnson has also released other signature gear such as GHS Eric Johnson Nickel Rockers Electric Guitar Strings, DiMarzio DP211 Eric Johnson Signature Custom Pickups, and a Fulton-Webb amplifier. Jim Dunlop also has released an Eric Johnson signature Jazz III plectrum and an Eric Johnson signature Fuzz Face. The Eminence Eric Johnson signature 12" alnico guitar speaker was introduced in 2012.

In early 2015, Roland Corporation announced the "Eric Johnson Tone Capsule", an accessory to Roland Blues Cube amplifiers.[41]


Johnson uses effect pedals such as the Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face, BK Butler Tube Driver, MXR KD IV Stereo Chorus, Vox CryBaby wah-wah,[42] ToadWorks Barracuda flanger,[43] Prescription Electronics Experience octave fuzz,[43] Xotic AC Booster, MXR Flanger/Doubler, Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man delay, Boss Corporation DD-2 Digital Delay,[44] MXR 1500 Digital Delay, Line 6 Echo Pro Studio Modeler, and up to two Maestro Echoplex tape delays.[45][46] All of these are connected to multiple A/B boxes to create sounds and tones that are both clean and distorted. Dunlop has also begun selling Johnson's signature Fuzz Face pedal.[47]


In late 2006, Johnson switched from recording in analog[48] to digital format.[49]


Solo albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Seven Worlds
  • Released: November 6, 1978
  • Label: Ark 21
  • Formats: CD
  • Released: March 12, 1986
  • Label: Reprise
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download
Ah Via Musicom
  • Released: February 28, 1990
  • Label: Capitol
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download
Venus Isle
  • Released: September 3, 1996[53]
  • Label: Capitol
  • Formats: CD, digital download
51 88
  • Released: May 3, 2002
  • Label: Vortexan Records
  • Formats: CD
  • Released: June 14, 2005[54]
  • Label: Favored Nations
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Up Close
  • Released: December 7, 2010[55]
  • Label: EMI, Vortexan
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
  • Released October 7, 2016
  • Label: Provogue
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, mp3, streaming
  • Released November 17, 2017
  • Label: Vortexan
  • Formats: CD, mp3
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
G3: Live in Concert
(with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai)
  • Released: June 3, 1997
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download [60]
20 52 37 35 82
Live and Beyond
(with Alien Love Child)
  • Released: Oct, 24 2000
  • Label: Favored Nations
  • Formats CD, DD [61][62]
- - - - -
Live from Austin, TX
Live From Austin TX '84
  • Released: November 22, 2010[65]
  • Label: New West
  • Formats: CD, digital download[66]
Europe Live
  • Released: June 23, 2014[67]
  • Label: Mascot Label Group
  • Formats: CD, LP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Video albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
G3: Live in Concert
with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai
  • Released: June 3, 1997
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: VHS, DVD
Live from Austin, TX[70]
  • Released: November 1, 2005[71]
  • Label: New West
  • Formats: DVD
  • Released: November 11, 2008[72]
  • Label: Vanguard
  • Formats: DVD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Instructional videos

Title Album details Notes
Eric Johnson: Total Electric Guitar
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Hot Licks
  • Formats: VHS
  • re-released as DVD on November 15, 2005[70]
Eric Johnson: The Fine Art of Guitar
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Hot Licks
  • Formats: VHS
  • re-released as DVD on March 7, 2006[70]
Eric Johnson: The Art of Guitar[70]
  • Released: February 1, 2006[73]
  • Label: Hal Leonard
  • Formats: DVD


Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Righteous" 1990 8 Ah Via Musicom
"High Landrons" 31
"Cliffs of Dover" 5
"Trademark" 1991 7
"Pavilion" 1996 33 Venus Isle
"Beck's Bolero"[75] 2007 non-album single
"The Wind Cries Mary"[76] 2013
"Imagination of You" (feat. Christopher Cross)[79]
"To Whom It May Concern"[80]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances

Album Song Year Notes Ref.
Perpetuum Mobile' by Mariani
1970 band member [81]
Electromagnets by Electromagnets
1975 [82]
Christopher Cross by Christopher Cross "Minstrel Gigolo" 1976 guest [83]
Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King by Carole King
One to One by Carole King
"One to One", "(Love Is Like A) Boomerang", "Lookin' Out for Number One", "Life Without Love", "Golden Man"
1982 [84]
Long Time Friends by Alessi "Rise Up" 1982 [85]
Marc Anthony Thompson by Marc Anthony Thompson "Recover Gracefully" 1984 [86]
Stand Up by Steve Morse Band "Distant Star" 1985 [87]
Street Language by Rodney Crowell "Ballad of Fast Eddie" 1986 [88]
Guitar Speak "Western Flyer" 1988 compilation of various artists [89]
Willie Jones by Willie Jones "So Long Mary Jane" 1990 guest [90]
The Urge by Stuart Hamm "On Our Dreams" and "Lone Star" 1991 guest [91]
Instrumental Moods "Cliffs of Dover" compilation of various artists [92]
Guitar's Practicing Musicians, Vol. 2 "Cliffs of Dover" [93]
Rush Street by Richard Marx "Keep Coming Back" 1992 guest [94]
The Hunter by Jennifer Warnes "Lights of Louisiana" and "I Can't Hide" [95]
Rendezvous by Christopher Cross "Nothing Will Change" [96]
Herman Harris & the Voices of Hope by Herman Harris
1993 [97]
Read My Licks by Chet Atkins "Somebody Loves Me Now" 1994 guest [98]
Wave of the Hand by Carla Olson "I'm Tryin'" 1995 [99]
True Voices "At The End of the Day" with Susan Cowsill compilation of various artists [100]
Angelica "Ave Maria" 1997 [101]
Merry Axemas "The First Nowell" [102]
Guitar Gods "Trademark" 1998 guest [103]
Walking in Avalon by Christopher Cross "When She Smiles" [94]
Koko's Hideaway by Van Wilks "Vanquila" 1999 [104]
The Best of Rockline "S.R.V." compilation of various artists [105]
Moods Box Set "Cliffs of Dover" [106]
Fingers And Thumbs by Adrian Legg "Lunchtime at Rosie's" guest [107]
Live and Beyond by Alien Love Child
2000 band member [108]
Been A Long Time by Double Trouble "In The Garden" 2001 guest [109]
Texas Guitar Slingers Vol. 1 "Enzo Shuffle" 2002 compilation of various artists [110]
More To Life Than This by Mike Tramp "On The Good, The Sad, And The Ugly" 2003 guest [111]
A Guitar Supreme, Giant Steps in Fusion Guitar "Resolution" 2004 compilation of various artists [112]
Don't Mess With Texas Vol. 2 "Boogie King" [113]
KGSR 107.1 Broadcasts Vol. 12 "Song For George" [114]
Fusion For Miles, A Guitar Tribute: A Bitchin' Brew "Jean Pierre" 2005 [115]
Industrial Zen by John McLaughlin "New Blues Old Bruise" 2006 guest [116]
Viva Carlos: A Supernatural Marathon Celebration "Aqua Marine" compilation of various artists [117]
Walk On by Roscoe Beck "Together All The Time" guest [118]
Electromagnets 2 by Electromagnets
band member [119]
The Devil Knows My Name by John5 "The Washing Away of Wrong" 2007 guest [120]
Freeway Jam: To Beck and Back "Beck's Bolero" compilation of various artists [121]
Lovers by Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel "Layla" 2008 guest [122]
From The Reach by Sonny Landreth "The Milky Way Home" [123]
Bridging the Gap by Doyle Dykes "Red Clay" [124]
Big Neighborhood by Mike Stern "6th Street" and "Long Time Gone" 2009 [125]
Doctor Faith by Christopher Cross "Hey Kid" 2010 [126]
Elemental Journey by Sonny Landreth "Passionola" 2012 [127]
Musica E Palavras Dos Bee Gees (Bee Gees Tribute Album) by Ana Gazzola "Run To Me" [128]
2776 "Not What the Founders Intended" 2014 compilation of various artists [129]
Good For Sumthin by Eric Gales "E2 (Note for Note)" 2014 Guest [130]

Video games

Game Song Year
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock "Cliffs of Dover" 2007
Guitar Hero World Tour "Camel's Night Out" 2009
Rocksmith "Cliffs of Dover" 2013

Awards and nominations

  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Instrumental, "Zap" (1987)[131]
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Instrumental, Ah Via Musicom (1991)[132]
  • Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental, "Cliffs of Dover" (1992)[2]
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Instrumental, "Pavilion" (1997) [133]
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Instrumental, "S.R.V." (1998)[134]
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Instrumental "Rain" at the Wayback Machine (archived June 19, 2004), Live and Beyond (2002)
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Instrumental, Bloom (2006)


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Ah Via Musicom

Ah Via Musicom is the third studio album by guitarist Eric Johnson, released in 1990 through Capitol Records. The album reached No. 67 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and remained on that chart for 60 weeks. All four singles charted on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, with three of them being top 10 hits: "High Landrons" at No. 31, "Righteous" at No. 8, "Cliffs of Dover" at No. 5 and "Trademark" at No. 7. "Cliffs of Dover" went on to win the Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1992 Grammys.

Bloom (Eric Johnson album)

Bloom is Eric Johnson's fifth studio release, released in June 2005. It was the first studio release since his 1996 album Venus Isle almost nine years prior. However, in these nine years he had released a live album by his side-project Alien Love Child entitled Live and Beyond in 2000 as well as an album of previously unreleased material titled Souvenir in 2002.

The album is split into three sections, 'Prelude' (tracks 1-6), 'Courante' (tracks 7-12) and 'Allemande' (tracks 13-16). The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006 under the category of Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Cliffs of Dover (composition)

"Cliffs of Dover" is an instrumental composition by guitarist Eric Johnson which appeared on his 1990 Ah Via Musicom album. The album version of the song is composed in the key of G major, the song was played with a Gibson ES-335 (as well as a Fender Stratocaster) through a B. K. Butler Tube Driver and an Echoplex plugged into a 100-watt Marshall amplifier. The song takes its name from the White Cliffs of Dover, an extensive and visually stunning chalk outcrop that runs along the southeast coast of England. It is also featured on the video game Guitar Hero III and is available as DLC for the game Rocksmith 2014.

Eric Johnson (Georgia politician)

Eric Johnson (born August 20, 1953) is an American politician that served in the Georgia State Senate representing the 1st District, comprising all of Bryan and Liberty counties and part of Chatham County. He resigned his seat in 2009, after years in the Georgia General Assembly. He was a candidate for Governor of Georgia, looking to succeed term-limited Sonny Perdue in 2010.

A Republican, he was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1992, giving up his seat after one term to run for the state senate. He was reelected to the state senate in 1996. His colleagues voted him as the Minority Leader in 1998 and served until 2003. In 2003 following the 2002 election of the first Republican Governor in over 130 years, several Democrats changed parties and Republicans gained the state senate majority. Eric was elected as the Senate President Pro Tempore. The Republican majority stripped Democratic Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor of most of his powers, so for all intents and purposes, Johnson served as lieutenant governor. The power of the lieutenant governor was restored back to current lieutenant governor Casey Cagle, a Republican, in 2007.

Eric Johnson (Texas politician)

Eric Johnson (born October 10, 1975) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he represents District 100 in the cities of Dallas and Mesquite, Texas. District 100 includes portions of: South Dallas, Oak Cliff, East Dallas, and West Dallas, including Buckner Terrace, White Rock Village, Westmoreland Heights, Owenwood Park, Claremont, Dolphin Heights, Forest Hills, Hollywood Heights, Lakewood Hills, the Design District, the Medical District, The Cedars, Exline Park, Golden Seeds, and Dixon Circle.

Eric Johnson (actor)

Eric Johann Johnson (born August 7, 1979) is a Canadian actor known for playing Flash Gordon on the eponymous 2007-2008 TV series, Whitney Fordman on the science-fiction TV series Smallville, Detective Luke Callaghan on the police drama Rookie Blue, and Jack Hyde in the Fifty Shades film series.

Eric Johnson (defensive back)

Eric Johnson (born April 30, 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a former professional American football linebacker.

Eric Johnson (tight end)

Eric Maxwell Johnson (born September 15, 1979) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Yale.

Eric Vale

Christopher Eric Johnson Jr. (born April 28, 1974), better known by the stage name Eric Vale, is an American voice actor, ADR director, script writer and head writer at Funimation, who provided voices for a number of English versions of Japanese anime series. He is known for voicing adult Trunks in the Dragon Ball series, Ferid Bathory in the Seraph of the End series, Yuki Sohma in Fruits Basket, Sanji in One Piece and Loke in Fairy Tail.

Favored Nations

Favored Nations Entertainment is a record label founded in 1999 by guitarist Steve Vai and Ray Scherr, former owner of Guitar Center.

The first album released by the label was Coming to Your Senses by guitarist Frank Gambale in 2000. Soon after, a variety of artists were signed, such as Johnny A., Larry Carlton, Peppino D'Agostino, Marty Friedman, Johnny Hiland, Allan Holdsworth, Eric Johnson, Stanley Jordan, Steve Lukather, Novecento, John Petrucci, Eric Sardinas, Neal Schon, Andy Timmons, Dave Weiner, The Yardbirds, and Dweezil Zappa.

Favored Nations was followed by the creation of separate branches, Favored Nations Acoustic in 2002 and Favored Nations Cool in 2004. Pro-Found is a sister label that promotes Favored Nations artists through the Favored Nations and ProFound websites.

Fender Stratocaster

The Fender Stratocaster is a model of electric guitar designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, Bill Carson, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares. The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has continuously manufactured the Stratocaster from 1954 to the present. It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top "horn" shape for balance. Along with the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Telecaster, it is one of the most-often emulated electric guitar shapes. "Stratocaster" and "Strat" are trademark terms belonging to Fender. Guitars that duplicate the Stratocaster by other manufacturers are usually called S-Type or ST-type guitars.

The Stratocaster is a versatile guitar, usable for most styles of music and has been used in many genres, including country, reggae, rock, pop, folk, soul, rhythm and blues, blues, jazz, punk, and heavy metal.

Fifty Shades Darker (film)

Fifty Shades Darker is a 2017 American erotic romantic drama film directed by James Foley and written by Niall Leonard, based on E. L. James's 2012 novel of the same name. The second film in the Fifty Shades film series and the sequel to the 2015 film Fifty Shades of Grey, it stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively, with Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Kim Basinger, and Marcia Gay Harden in supporting roles.

Principal photography on Fifty Shades Darker and its sequel Fifty Shades Freed (2018) began on February 9, 2016, in Paris and Vancouver. It was released in the United States on February 10, 2017. The film grossed $381 million worldwide against its $55 million budget, but received negative reviews for its screenplay, acting and narrative, though Dakota Johnson's performance received some praise. At the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, the film received nine nominations; including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Dornan) and Worst Actress (Johnson), and won two for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, and Worst Supporting Actress (Basinger).

Fifty Shades Freed (film)

Fifty Shades Freed is a 2018 American erotic romantic drama film directed by James Foley and written by Niall Leonard, and based on E. L. James's 2012 novel of the same name. It is the third and final installment in the Fifty Shades film series, following Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) and Fifty Shades Darker (2017). The film stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively, and follows the couple as they marry, and must deal with Ana's former boss (Eric Johnson), who begins to stalk them.

Principal photography on Fifty Shades Freed began simultaneously with Darker in February 2016, in Paris and Vancouver. The film was released in the United States on February 9, 2018, including a limited IMAX release. It was a box office success, grossing over $371 million worldwide against a production budget of $55 million. Like its two predecessors, Fifty Shades Freed received negative reviews, with criticism of its screenplay and acting.

G3 (tour)

G3 is a concert tour organized by guitarist Joe Satriani featuring him alongside two other guitarists. Since its inception in 1995, G3 has toured most years and has featured many guitarists, including Steve Vai (Satriani's former student), Marco Ciaravolo (Satriani's teacher), Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Robert Fripp, Paul Gilbert, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, Adrian Legg and many other special guests, including Tony MacAlpine, Johnny Hiland, Keith More, Chris Duarte, Andy Timmons, Neal Schon, Gary Hoey, Brian May, Billy Gibbons, Johnny A, George Lynch, Patrick Rondat, Guthrie Govan, Alejandro Silva, and Eric Sardinas.

My Back Pages

"My Back Pages" is a song written by Bob Dylan and included on his 1964 album Another Side of Bob Dylan. It is stylistically similar to his earlier folk protest songs and features Dylan's voice with an acoustic guitar accompaniment. However, its lyrics—in particular the refrain "Ah, but I was so much older then/I'm younger than that now"—have been interpreted as a rejection of Dylan's earlier personal and political idealism, illustrating his growing disillusionment with the 1960s' folk protest movement with which he was associated, and his desire to move in a new direction. Although Dylan wrote the song in 1964, he did not perform it live until 1988.

"My Back Pages" has been covered by artists as diverse as Keith Jarrett, the Byrds, the Ramones, the Nice, Steve Earle, and the Hollies. The Byrds' version, initially released on their 1967 album Younger Than Yesterday, was also issued as a single in 1967 and proved to be the band's last Top 40 hit in the U.S.

Paperback Writer

"Paperback Writer" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney), the song was released as the A-side of their 11th single in May 1966. It topped singles charts in Britain, the United States, Ireland, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Norway. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song was at No. 1 for two non-consecutive weeks, being interrupted by Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night".

"Paperback Writer" was the last new song by the Beatles to be featured on their final tour in 1966.

Slaughter's Big Rip-Off

Slaughter's Big Rip-Off is a 1973 Blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Douglas and written by Charles Eric Johnson. The film stars Jim Brown, Ed McMahon, Don Stroud, Brock Peters, Gloria Hendry and Dick Anthony Williams. The film was released on August 31, 1973, by American International Pictures. It is the sequel to the 1972 film Slaughter.

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