Eric Johnson is on the short list of all-time guitar heroes. He has earned critical and commercial success, a Grammy Award, accolades from his peers, and unabashed devotion from his fans. He began his musical career at age 16, and by the end of the '70s, his burgeoning reputation led to session work with the likes of Cat Stevens, Carole King, and Christopher Cross. In fact, he played on Cross's Grammy-sweeping, self-titled 1980 debut album. One of the most important breaks of Johnson's career was a 1984 appearance on the PBS television show Austin City Limits. Reportedly, Prince saw Johnson's performance and recommended him to his label, Warner Bros. Records. The Warner subsidiary Reprise Records signed Johnson, and he released Tones in 1986, featuring the Grammy-nominated song "Zap."
Johnson's subsequent releases on other labels included the platinum-certified Ah Via Musicom (1990), which featured the Grammy-winning track "Cliffs of Dover;" Venus Isle (1996), which featured the Grammy-nominated tracks "S.R.V." and "Pavilion;" and the Grammy-nominated Bloom (2005). He was recently named Guitar International's Guitarist of the Year and has won an unprecedented 33 awards at the Austin Music Awards since 1982, including recent awards for Best Electric Guitar, Best Acoustic Guitar, and Best Instrumental Band. His latest album, Up Close, came out in 2010 and has been receiving rave reviews