Photograph of Eric Johnson at Max Crace Studio in Austin, TX August 2017

Eric Johnson has announced his Ah Via Musicom Tour

GRAMMY®-winner Eric Johnson has announced his Ah Via Musicom Tour 2018, which includes a stop at The Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, February 21 at 8 pm.

Hailed by Guitar Player as one of the most respected guitarists on the planet,” Ah Via Musicom (which loosely translates as “communicating through music”) was Johnson’s million-selling, now-classic 1990 album, that yielded three Top 10 singles  Cliffs of Dover, which has become Johnson’s signature song and won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY®, Trademark and Righteous. It made him the first artist to ever score three Top 10 instrumentals. Now, 28 years later, he revisits that landmark recording with a 2018 tour on which he will play the album in its entirety. His primary live performance configuration is as a trio with some of Austin’s top players, including drummer Tommy Taylor and bassist Kyle Brock, who toured with him following Ah Via Musicom‘s success and will return for the 2018 outing.

The years prior to Ah Via Musicom and since are rich with accomplishments. Over the now five studio albums that have followed it  Venus Isle (1996), Bloom (2005), 2010’s Up Close (and its revised European version Up Close  Another Look), EJ (2016) and the latest Eric has broadened and enriched his rock guitar palette and further delved into his love for blues, jazz and country. He’s earned six GRAMMY® nominations, has topped or been listed high in countless greatest guitarist lists in music publications and been featured on the cover of most every guitar magazine, many more than once.

The Austin, Texas-based Johnson also closes out 2017 with a new album, Collage, that combines five new original songs with five covers that reflect both his inspirations and range: An acoustic version of Jimi Hendrix’s One Rainy Wish, The Beatles classic We Can Work It Out in a Caribbean groove, B.B. King’s Rock Me Baby, the surf rock classic Pipeline and Stevie Wonder’s 1966 #3 pop hit Uptight (Everything’s Alright).

Eric Johnson has earned himself international renown as a player, composer, recording artist and live entertainer as well as an ever-growing audience of fans. Johnson is an avid admirer of fellow guitarists past and present, and has recorded and/or performed with such other notables as Chet Atkins, B.B. King, James Burton, Jerry Reed, Steve Miller, John McLaughlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Dweezil Zappa, Adrian Legg, John Petrucci and others.

Reserved tickets are be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm and one hour prior to show time. Patrons may also purchase tickets at 24/7. A limited number of VIP dining packages, which includes a premium seat and a choice of two pre fixe menu dinner options at Clear Sky on Cleveland Street are also available. For more information, please visit