New Orleans based Eric Johanson was tearing up nightclub stages in Louisiana with his soulful blues guitar before he finished high school. He has toured across the US and internationally as lead guitarist for the legendary Cyril Neville, Grammy-winning Zydeco artist Terrance Simien, and performed onstage with Tab Benoit, JJ Grey & Mofro, Eric Lindell, Mike Zito, Anders Osborne, the Neville Brothers, and many more.
Johanson's debut album was produced and engineered by Tab Benoit at his studio in Houma, featuring Tab himself on drums. Following it's release in October of 2017, Eric has been touring across the US supporting Tab Benoit at sold out theaters and performance halls.
In early 2019, Eric released Blues In My Blood, a duet record with his first cousin, New Orleans blues & jazz singer Tiffany Pollack. The album has stayed in the top 10 of Roots Music Report's Blues Rock chart for 7 months since it's release, and has won an Independent Music Award for "Best Blues Song" and a Blues Blast Magazine Award for "Best New Artist Debut Album".
Eric brings a fascination with the puzzle of existence and an appreciation of the beauty that lies within the simple details to his work as he continues to evolve as a musician and songwriter. He will soon head into the studio to write and record a new album produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). Also featuring the talents of Luther’s brother, drummer and multi-instrumentalist Cody Dickinson, the album will pull Eric into high-energy, darker world of delta blues. He is currently booking dates for the next leg of his tour, set to begin in Spring 2020.
“One of 2018's most impressive debuts, both as an artist and a label.”
2019 Blues Blast Award Winner
2019 Independent Music Award Winner
“Here’s your opportunity to catch a phenomenal talent before the rest of the world catches on... Eric Johanson can flat out play the guitar.”
“Along with his solid playing and singing, Johanson’s willingness to write Blues music without adhering to the genre’s traditional structuring makes for a compelling listen.”
“His debut album, on the new label of Louisiana luminary Tab Benoit, reveals that Tab has recognized a notable new talent.”