Thursday February 25th 2010, 4:24 pm
Band Spotlight: Eric D. Johnson
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Eric D. Johnson is a swell fella. He’s the lead singer/driving force behind the Fruit Bats, plays guitar for the Shins and released one of my very favorite records of last year, The Ruminant Band (out now via Sub Pop Records). Though he hails from the midwest and currently calls Portland, Oregon his home, he holds California country-tinged music dear to his heart. He cites the old California Canyon jams (aka the “stuff from Laurel Canyon”) as one of his biggest influences and included notable Californians Little Feat, Jerry Garcia and Chris Darrow on the Valentine’s Day Mixtape he made for us. He’ll be playing a special solo set at When You Awake’s Two Year Anniversary Party on Friday (tomorrow!) at the Bootleg Theater.

YouTube Preview ImageFruit Bats- Ruminant Band (live)

Two little known facts about Eric D. Johnson: 1. When he was 16, he won the pre-show “audience talent competition” at The Jenny Jones Show. It was an acapella rendition of the theme from “The Flintstones.” 2. Also in high school (to keep with that theme) – he was on the wrestling team and he dipped tobacco (Skoal bandits).

YouTube Preview ImageFruit Bats- When You Love Somebody

At tomorrow’s show, he’ll be playing alongside Breathe Owl Breathe, Leslie and the Badgers and Shakey Graves. Tix are $10 in advance, $13 at the door and you can buy them here.

MP3: Fruit Bats- Beautiful Morning Light

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Hope that you’ll have a great time celebrating Jody. Really wish that I could be there.

Lotta love from Norway.


Comment by Stian 02.25.10 @ 6:10 pm

[…] at Buckman Elementary and the Portland Schools Foundation. We get to listen to talented voices of Eric D. Johnson (of Fruit Bats), Andy Cabic (of Vetiver) and Richard Swift and support an incredibly important […]

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