One of the prominent figures to rise from the Greenwich Village contemporary folk scene in the 1960s, Eric Andersen performs and discusses his career here, in a program hosted by steel guitarist Pete Finney, co-curator of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibition “Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City.”
A native of Pittsburgh who grew up near Buffalo, New York, Andersen achieved worldwide attention with a series of acclaimed albums for the Vanguard and Columbia record labels recorded between 1965 and 1972. Along with contemporaries Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Phil Ochs, he brought a literary flair and adult perspective to the popular music of the era.
During the two-hour program, Andersen—visiting Tennessee from his home in Amsterdam—recalls recording two of his most popular albums, “A Country Dream” (Vanguard, 1969) and “Blue River” (Columbia, 1972) in Nashville. He reminisces about the skill of Nashville’s studio musicians and about making a rare network TV appearance, on “The Johnny Cash Show” in 1971.
The program includes a 45-minute performance where Andersen performs with fiddler Michele Gazich, from Milan, Italy, and harmony vocalist Inga Andersen, his wife and a social scientist from Denmark. In the second half of the set, Andersen is joined by steel guitarist Finney, bassist Norbert Putnam (who produced “Blue River”), and pianist David Briggs. The show marks the first time in forty-five years that Putnam and Briggs performed with Andersen.
Presented in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition "Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City" (March 27, 2015, through December 31, 2016).
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