I first met Eric Andersen during the intoxicating time when Bob Dylan after recording ‘Desire’, and prior to launching the The Rolling Thunder Review tour. Eric was already a prominent and respected folk singer in the day and I first heard him live at a club in the West Village in Manhatten called Gerty’s Folk City with Bob making a pre-tour appearance along with Alan Ginsberg and some of the musicians who would become part of the live band. I was struck by Eric’s fluid poetic command and charismatic delivery. He would go on to become a highly respected American songwriter with gravitas very much akin to his contemporary Leonard Cohen. While I continued as a member of Bob Dylan’s band promoting ‘Desire’, and ‘Hard Rain’ albums, Eric was hard at work establishing his international career.
Although it would seem we would join forces in the day, our lives and careers took us down different paths including Eric making a new home base in Holland, and Europe. But I believe it was musically always meant to be that we join forces in grace and poetry. In 2014 after a show in Los Angeles, we sat together over a late night dinner and talked and both saw a vision that performing together was destined. Although he was heading back to Amsterdam, we stayed in touch and the following year would launch our collaboration, which garnered stunning reviews by top music critics. We would be joined by guitarist Steve Postell, known for his work with David Crosby and James Taylor.
I am looking forward to the 2017 US Spring tour when I will be joining Eric Andersen, Steve Postell and Cheryl Prashker on percussion. Tour dates to be announced soon.