Eric Anderson

Lyric Poet Song Writer best known for the classic Blue River Album

Eric Andersen is a singer/song writer and guitarist who over his 40 year career has released 25 albums of original songs and made many tours of North America, Europe, and Japan. Two of his critically acclaimed albums reached the Billboard Top 200: “Blue River” (#169) and “Be True to You” (#113).  Artists such as Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, Al Kooper, Joni Mitchell, Leon Russell, Richard Thompson, Rick Danko, and many others have performed on his recordings.  One of his best-known songs, "Thirsty Boots,", that is about the Freedom Rides of the early '60s was recorded Judy Collins.  Eric’s music has also recorded by Fairport Convention, Peter Paul and Mary, Rick Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Ricky Nelson, Ratdog (Bob Weir), and Pete Seeger.

"Andersen is the most elegant of singers. He is powered by the singular mix of irony and high romanticism that fuels his classic work."  Paul Evans, Rolling Stone Magazine

"Eric Andersen is one of America's finest lyric-poet songwriters. He stands with his contemporaries Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell as one of the few remaining pioneers of the 60's singer-songwriter movement continuing to do important work". - Henk Dekker, PLATENBLAD

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1943, he grew up in Buffalo, where he taught himself guitar and piano.- In his teens he performed the music of  Woody Guthrie and The Weavers in several folk groups.  After two years at Hobart College, he hitchhiked to San Francisco to perform at the North Beach coffeehouses and to meet the poets of the Beat Generation.  At the City Lights Book Store he meet his poet heroes Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and others.  Folk singer Tom Paxton discovered Eric in 1963 performing at the Coffee Gallery in North Beach.  Paxton invited Eric to move to New York City in 1964, introducing Eric to the Greenwich Village folk music scene dominated by Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan.  Playing his first appearance at Gerde's Folk City in New York, Eric was seen by Robert Shelton of the-New York Times.  Shelton wrote a review calling Anderson "a writer and performer of the first rank…possessing that magical element called star quality.". Gaining recognition with that review Anderson was signed by Vanguard Records.

Anderson released four albums on Vanguard.  With his first album release “Today Is The Highway” in 1965 on Vanguard, Eric became a folk singing star.  In 1966, Eric debuted at the Newport Folk Festival and he starred in the Andy Warhol film, “Space”.  He performed in the U.K. in 1967, where he was invited by the Beatles to attend some of their recording sessions.  Eric was in the process of signing with Brian Epstein at the time of Brian’s death.  Signing instead with Warner Brothers he released “Avalanche” (1968) and “Eric Andersen” (1969).  On the Festival Express tour across Canada in 1970 he toured with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band and others. 

Eric signed with Columbia Records in 1972 releasing his most acclaimed album “Blue River” in 1972, Joni Mitchell sang the duet harmonies on the title track and album reached the Billboard charts.  Rolling Stone magazine awarded it four stars and credited it as being "the best example of the 70's singer-songwriter movements."  Anderson recorded a second album called “Stages” that was not released, as Columbia claimed they lost the studio tapes.   The master tape was found in a box of tapes on the floor of a Nashville studio and released seventeen years later as “Stages: The Lost Album” in 1991. 

Leaving Columbia Eric recorded “Be True To You” in 1974 and Sweet Surprise in 1977 on Artista.   Eric recorded on EMI and other labels during the late 1970s and early 1980s while playing folk clubs in the U.S. and in Europe where he took up residence.

Eric re-emerged in 1989 with the acclaimed release “Ghosts Upon the Road”.  The album won two New York Music Awards (for best contemporary folk album and performer).  Rolling Stone magazine awarded it 41/2stars, calling it "… one of the best albums of the 1980's."

In the 1990’s Anderson lived in Oslo, Norway and formed the Danko/Fjeld/Andersen trio with Rick Danko (of The Band) and Norwegian singer-songwriter, Jonas Fjeld. The trio released three albums and performed together for nine years.  Eric released a solo album “Memory of the Future” in 1998.  He has released five solo albums since.