Eric andersen today is the highway


In the spring of 1980 Andersen did his first European summer tour, starting in Norway. 
He recorded two European albums, Midnight Son on CBS Records and, Exile , on Swedish EMI.

Back in Woodstock, a very musical town and host to many fine musicians, he started two experimental local groups: a rock band called “Dogs Without Leashes” and a classically music oriented band Les Fleurs Sauvages de l'Enfer (Wild Flowers from Hell). Their last gig was at the Blue Note in New York, before he moved to Europe. In the latter band Jazz piano great, Marilyn Crispell, played the keyboards.

From 1980 to 1983, he wrote a series of essays and stories for the Woodstock Times , a local weekly. His writing experience at the paper taught him a lot about writing and got started him writing short fiction.

In 1983, in Brussels, he wrote and recorded the sound track for Belgian director Marc Didden’s film, Istanbul , starring Brad Dourif and Dominique Deruddere. It was released in Europe in 1984.

When Eric was New York in the mid-Eighties, Allen Ginsburg invites Eric to Brooklyn College that year where he is teaching a course on Beat literature. He introduces him to William Burroughs.

In 1985, he co-wrote four songs with Townes Van Zandt in New York City. Eric recalled. “I met Townes at the Ohio Folk Festival in 1967. He was like a southern shadow-twin to me. He would stay with me when he was in New York and I’d stay with him when I was playing in Austin or Nashville.”

Eric began touring more in Europe and moved to Norway, where he started a new family and continued writing music and short fiction.  He continued, however, to return to America on a regular basis for US and Canadian tours.

In 1989, Eric's Ghosts Upon the Road , his first American album in a decade, was released to wide critical acclaim. It was produced by Steve Addabbo (co-producer of Suzanne Vega).

Assisting musicians included guitarist John Leventhal, Andy Newmark (drummer from Sly Stone, Roxy Music, and John Lennon), Michael Visceglia (bassist for Suzanne Vega) and Shawn Colvin (background vocals). It was released on Gold Castle Records in the US and on Virgin in Europe.

As New York Times music critic Robert Palmer wrote in his liner notes for Ghosts , "This is great American music from one of the masters. And it's about time."

The Rolling Stone Album Guide awarded it 4 1/2 stars, "The entire set stands as one of the best albums of the 1980's."  Ghosts Upon The Road won two New York Music Awards (for best contemporary folk album and performer).

In 1964, Andersen made his debut at Gerdes Folk City in a live audition for Vanguard Records . In 1965 he released his first Vanguard album Today Is the Highway . [2] In 1966 he made his Newport Folk Festival debut. The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein was in the process of becoming his manager when he died. [3]


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