Eric Anderson

[FOLK] A Greenwich Village folk scene original who grew up in nearby Snyder, Eric Andersen, now 75, has written tunes recorded by Johnny Cash, Dylan, the Dead, Linda Ronstadt, Judy Collins and many others. He even appeared in an Andy Warhol factory film, and is often used as an interview subject in films about the work of his contemporaries. All the while, he’s maintained a fairly low profile for himself, quietly releasing some 35 albums along the way. The most well known of them, 1972’s Blue River, featured a guest vocal spot from Joni Mitchell on the title track. In 2003, he won the coveted “Premio Tenco” award with Patti Smith in San Remo, Italy, which is reserved for outstanding songwriters. Previous winners have included Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman – he’s always been in good company.  Last month, Sony/Legacy (who also put out an expanded version of Blue River a while back) released The Essential Eric Andersen, a 2CD set that covers 50 years of his recorded history, from 1965 onward. Additionally, a documentary about Andersen, The Songpoet, is now in post-production and planned for release sometime later this year. Andersen will appear at Sportsmens Tavern on Monday, April 16 for a career spanning set that shows off his gift for conveying deep feeling in song.



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