Eric Andersen featuring Scarlet Rivera accompanied by Cheryl Prashker
Seven Steps Up Live Music + Events
116 South Jackson Street, Spring Lake, Michigan 49456, United States
"Eric Andersen is one of our finest singers and songwriters, in the most literal sense of that tradition… the most elegant of singers." David Fricke (Rolling Stone Magazine)
“A singer and songwriter of the first rank.” (The New York Times)
“An American master.” Robert Palmer (Ghosts Upon the Road liner notes) “Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer.” (Bob Dylan – live on stage at the Oslo Spektrum)
ERIC ANDERSEN BAND:
ERIC ANDERSEN (vocals, guitar, piano) www.ericandersen.com
With SCARLET RIVERA (violin, harmony vocals) www.angellesmusic.com/scarletrivera
Accompanied by CHERYL PRASHKER (djembe, percussion) www.cherylprashker.com
Eric Andersen first came to prominence as a performer in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and immediately became part of the Village folk and songwriter scene and was at the epicenter of the American Greenwich Village singer-songwriter explosion. Over the past 50 years, Eric has toured the world and released over 30 CDs of original music. His songs have been covered by many artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, Rick Nelson, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Blues Project, Gillian Welch, Linda Thompson, and Rick Danko. Bob Dylan’s version of Eric’s song “Thirsty Boots” was released as a single on Record Store Day and appears on the Dylan CD Another Self Portrait. He’s co-written songs with Bob Weir, Townes Van Zandt, Rick Danko, and Lou Reed.
Eric recorded 2 trio harmony albums with The Band’s Rick Danko and Norwegian singer Jonas Fjeld (Danko/Fjeld/Andersen). He’s featured in the Joni Mitchell American Masters documentary, the Wildflower Festival DVD with Judy Collins, Tom Rush, and Arlo Guthrie, the rock film Festival Express and the documentary Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation.
Eric’s recent “writer’s projects” include Mingle With The Universe: The Worlds of Lord Byron, Birth of a Stranger: Shadow and Light of Albert Camus, Silent Angel: The Exploded World of Heinrich Böll. In 2018 Sony/Legacy Recordings issued THE ESSENTIAL ERIC ANDERSEN (42 track digital release, 33 track 2 CD Set) retrospective including rare and unreleased recordings. The Songpoet – a documentary about Eric Andersen will be released soon.
Eric Andersen’s poetical songs have entertained and captivated audiences worldwide. He plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano/keyboards in concert and often performs with his great bands in America, Japan, and Europe. He performs songs with span across all his albums, including his early classics “Thirsty Boots,” Violets of Dawn,” and Close the Door Lightly,” as well as exciting new material from his recent projects like Camus and Lord Byron.
One of the world’s most prominent, active and versatile violinists, Scarlet Rivera is known for her contributions to the recordings and performances of some of the most influential artists of our time including Bob Dylan, Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Keb ‘Mo, David Johansen and Sylvia Tyson (Ian and Sylvia). She was also a featured soloist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Carnival of Venice, Italy. Crossing all genres, her styles span a wide range including Rock, Folk, Country and Americana, World Music, Blues, Celtic Music, New Age and Classical. She is one of a handful of innovators of the violin who
composes a truly original style of music. Scarlet came to international acclaim on Bob Dylan’s Desire and Hard Rain albums, and is included on his Biograph and Bootleg Compilations. She also toured with Dylan on several live tours, including The Rolling Thunder Revue and appeared in his film Renaldo and Clara. Desire, on which Scarlet was featured on every track, was listed in Time Magazine’s Top 5 of the Dylan discography. The Academy Award nominated film, Hurricane is one of a number of movie soundtracks that Scarlet has contributed to.
Under her own name, Scarlet has 15 albums to her credit and has performed in the US, Europe and Asia at such events as the Montreux Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and others. She toured Japan from 2002-2005, premiering her original Celtic recordings Celtic Dreams and Celtic Myst, both of which garnered critical acclaim. Her popularity resulted in a headlining appearance at the Celtic Music Fest in Tokyo and her playing at the Tokyo Opera House, considered the Carnegie Hall of Tokyo, as well as touring throughout the country. Busier than ever, Scarlet had two major projects and three tours in 2015. She currently is part of the writing and recording team, Voices of van Gogh with John Durrill, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and former co-writer with Phil Everly, and singer and songwriter, John Cate. Scarlet is featuring her singing and songwriting in this collaboration in addition to her violin playing. They released their debut album, Painting With van Gogh in 2015. (www.facebook.com/voicesofvangogh) Scarlet was also invited by lead singer/producer, Tim Goodman (Southern Pacific) to record with the band Magic Music, a successful acoustic “jam band” out of Colorado with a sound described as a mix of classic Laurel Canyon and the influence of tight vocal harmonies by the Hollies and CSN. She became part of their debut album, following a reformation of the band after many years – joining Bill Payne of Little Feat, and John McFee from the Doobie Brothers among others in recording and subsequent touring during the summer and fall of 2015. In 2016 Scarlet recorded an Americana album with the band Terraplane on their first CD, American Music, an album produced by Larry Cohn, former President of CBS Legacy Records.
In 2017 Scarlet joined Eric Andersen for a series of West Coast performances. And in the summer of 2018 she shared the bill in performances through Canada and the North East with Sylvia Tyson. Currently Scarlet continues to perform with the A Call 2Peace ensemble on the West Coast.