You may not have heard of Eric Andersen, but you've certainly heard him. His songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, Gillian Welch, Pete Seeger, Fairport Convention, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Eilen Jewell.
Andersen has Forrest Gumped his way through the 20th century. Eric's stories range from being with the beat poets the night JFK was shot to teaching Joni Mitchell alternate guitar tunings; from co-writing songs with Lou Reed and Townes Van Zandt to inspiring Leonard Cohen to write songs; from recording in Nashville with session musicians and famed producer Norbert Putnam to having an album lost by Columbia, only to be released two decades later; from meeting Cash at the Newport Folk Fest (via Dylan) to appearing on the Cash TV show and performing an original song he wrote for the occasion; from forming a trio with The Band’s Rick Danko to his recent trilogy of albums inspired by writers Heinrich Boll, Albert Camus, and Lord Byron.
While Andersen has led a life of rich and varied experiences, he's never shot a music video until now. At the age of 75, the video for "Under the Shadows" is his first.
Under The Shadows from Paul Lamont on Vimeo.
In the song, Andersen confronts the camera as he frankly discusses aging. In a terminally youth-oriented culture, "Under the Shadows" digs deep, asking the listener to confront some of our culture's biggest taboos.
Eric Andersen -- Official, Facebook
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