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This Day in Music – Feb 14, 1943 – Happy Birthday No 71 – Eric Andersen!

Eric-Andersen

So today is  the birthday of one of my favorite folk singers, Eric Andersen.(1943) Eric was one of the early pioneers of the Greenwich Village folk music scene, along with Tom Paxton, Tom Rush,  Fred Neil, Dave Von Rank and many others. He made his début in 1964 at Gerdes Folk City in a live audition for Vanguard Records.   I didn’t really start listening to Eric until his most commercially successful album Blue River was released in 1972. “Is it Really Love at All’ is still a favorite. But as soon as I heard Eric’s music I went back and picked up The Very Best of Eric Andersen on Vanguard Records and learned to love those early songs like “Violets of Dawn”, “Come to My Bedside” and many others, including “Thirsty Boots”

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Today in Music – Happy 70th Birthday – Eric Andersen!

Eric Andersen

So today is also  the birthday of one of my favorite folk singers, Eric Andersen.(1943) Eric was one of the early pioneers of the Greenwich Village folk music scene, along with Tom Paxton, Tom Rush,  Fred Neil, Dave Von Rank and many others. He made his début in 1964 at Gerdes Folk City in a live audition for Vanguard Records.   I didn’t really start listening to Eric until his most commercially successful album Blue River was released in 1972. “Is it Really Love at All’ is still a favorite. But as soon as I heard Eric’s music I went back and picked up The Very Best of Eric Andersen on Vanguard Records and learned to love those early songs like “Violets of Dawn”, “Come to My Bedside” and many others, including “Thirsty Boots”

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Morning Music from The Best of Eric Andersen!

So this morning with my eyes closed, I grabbed three albums from my vinyl collection. The first one that I looked at was Eric Andersen’sThe Best of Eric Andersen. The album was issued in 1970 and was a compilation of his work at Vanguard Records between 1965 and1969.The album includes some of his most popular songs including: “Thirsty Boots”, and “Violets of Dawn”. I listened to several tracks including “The Hustler” and one of my favorites “Close The Door Gently When You Go”. The last track I listened to was “Dusty Box Car Wall”, then I went looking for videos for some morning music. I found this one, a cover of the aforementioned “Dusty Boxcar Wall” done by Milkdrive, a band I listened to for the first time not that long ago. The video is brand new, just uploaded to Youtube yesterday! So here’s some Eric Andersen morning music via Milkdrive!

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Folk Monday – Andersen and Rush

So on this lazy Labor Day I listened to some old folk by a couple of favorites. First, I was looking at some vinyl and was going to use my new cleaning solution and then record some music and I came across The Best of Eric Andersen and since it’s a favorite I decided to record it. I listened to the first side and then recorded the second side without listening. When it was done I discovered that I had not even started the recorder to record either side! So I listened and recorded the first side again! That side is probably the most played side of the two album set with the first three songs being the favorites: “My Land is a Good Land”, “Hey Babe, You’ve Been Cheatin'” and my favorite “Thirsty Boots” and the last song “Close the Door Lightly” is also a favorite!

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Eric Andersen

Is It Really Love at All

Is It Really Love at AllEric Andersen – was one of the artist that I listened to in the 1970’s. He was one of the early members of the Greenwich Village folk scene, along with other artists like Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Fred Neil, Judy Collins, etc. I think the first Eric Andersen album I bought was Blue River, released on Columbia Records in 1972. My favorite song from that album was “Is It Really Love at All”. By that time Eric had recorded five albums on Vanguard Records. I caught up with those songs by purchasing The Best of Eric Andersen – favorites on the album include the great “Thirsty Boots”, “My Land is a Good Land” and “Violets of Dawn”. After Blue River. I bought his first of two albums on Warner Brothers his 1969 self-titled  album.  Like Blue River to be released three years later the session men on this album included some of my favorites  Guitars: Andy Johnson, Eddie Hinton, Grady Martin. Bass: Norbert Putnam, Mark Sporer. Drums: Kenny Buttrey, Jim McKevitt, Richard Schlosser.Perussion: Gerry Carrigan, Kenny Buttrey B- 3 Organ: Glenn Spreen, David Briggs.Accordian: Kevin Kelly. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Dobro: David Bromberg.Vibes: Andy Johnson, Farrel Morris.Piano: Deborah Green Andersen, David Briggs Woodwind and string arrangements: Glenn Spreen. Background vocals: Joni Mitchell, Eric Andersen, Deborah Green Andersen, Florence Warner, The Jordanaires,  The Holidays with Temple Riser.

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