LIVE: Eric Andersen @ The Linda, 4/13/12

April 18th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Joyce Andersen, Eric Andersen and Inge Andersen

Joyce Andersen, Eric Andersen and Inge Andersen

Review by Steve Nover
Photographs by Jason Spiro

Eric Andersen has released more than two dozen albums in the course of his 45 year-plus musical career, so it’s almost criminal that he’s not better known or that his show at The Linda in Albany last Friday night wasn’t sold-out.

This singer/songwriter has led a fascinating life. His love of the beat generation writers led him to hitch to Frisco where he was “discovered” by Tom Paxton who convinced him to move to NYC. He became a guiding light in the Village music scene and was signed by Vanguard Records. He starred in Andy Warhol’s “Space” with Edie Sedgwick in ’65; met the Beatles in London and was invited to some recording sessions; was supposedly about to be signed by Brian Epstein at the time of his sudden death. He was onboard 1970 the Canadian cross-country train-traveling Festival Express (the documentary was finally released in 2003) along with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Brothers and others.

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Live: Eric Andersen @ Caffe Lena, 11/7/10

November 16th, 2010, 2:00 pm by Greg

Eric Andersen

Singer-songwriter Eric Andersen was one of the bright lights that sparkled decades ago on the Greenwich Village folk scene. Dylan, Paxton and others may have overshadowed him in that 1960s folk Mecca, but now as then, Andersen’s songs are no less relevant or powerful. As the magic of the time has faded into myth, and the glories of the ’60s have been written and re-written time and again, Andersen has stayed true to his political beliefs and poetic visions.

On a recent Sunday night on the hallowed stage of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, Andersen traversed his long and impressive songwriting career playing a handpicked selection of relevant tunes to share during his soulful performance.

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Eric Andersen, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

November 4th, 2010, 10:09 am by Greg

Eric Andersen
“I think it was ‘Songs Our Daddy Taught Us’ by the Everly Brothers. It was an album of Kentucky ballads. That’s how I learned to play guitar – playing along with that album.

And then there was Elvis Presley and Bill Haley – you know, the first rock ’n’ roll. Chuck Berry. And I love Little Richard.

I grew up in Buffalo, and the radio station there WKBW had George ‘The Hound Dog’ Lorenz, who played all the cool R&B. That’s where I first picked up on so much cool music – absolutely incredible stuff like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Otis Spann, Muddy Waters and B.B. King.”

Veteran singer-songwriter Eric Andersen stops by Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs for a concert at 7pm on Sunday. Davey O opens the show. Tix are $25 in advance; $27 at the door.

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