Eric Andersen’s 50-year career either leads or doggedly tails the archetypal stylistic journey of the American singer/songwriter in the rock era. Andersen’s earliest efforts are textbook late-Greenwich Village folk. Before the ’60s expired, Andersen had made the logical (and typical) move toward non-establishment country – not a calculated commercial strategy by any means, but a rite of passage for any serious songwriter who would sail all the main streams of American song. In 1972, this bellwether solo act was right there at the dawn of the singer/songwriter production-pop era with the Norman Putnam-produced career-highlight Blue River.
In the maintenance phase of his storied career, Andersen has released the occasional (and unwaveringly solid) new collection alongside numerous stripped-down live reinterpretations of his huge catalogue. And, of course, the man whose first folkie record was 1965’s Today Is the Highway tours the living hell out of his “Thirsty Boots.”
An American music legend and a former Woodstock resident, Eric Andersen comes close to coming home with a show at Unison in New Paltz on Friday, November 13 at 8 p.m. Advance tickets cost $20 for Unison members, $22 for non-members. At the door, tickets cost $24 for members, $26 for non-members. Visit www.unisonarts.org or call (845) 255-1559 for more information/tickets. The Unison Arts & Learning Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz.