The Tralf, Buffalo
Bit of an enigma is Eric. Sometimes regarded as the guitarists’ guitarist, he continues to gig and record on his own terms. An example being this tour; having already played a lengthy set of dates in support his most recent release, an acoustic CD, this date in Buffalo is part of a tour for his electric band where there’s no new release to promote. None of which prevented a sell out in this 800 seat, rather excellent venue.
First up was Arielle playing a solo acoustic set. It would be easy to take a dig at the hippyish star-child persona but she’s a talented musician with a great voice. Her songs had a little too much whimsy for me until she offered up a beautifully rendered “Blackhole Sun” in tribute to Chris Cornell.
Johnson was backed by Chris Maresh from Eric’s home town of Austin on bass and Joe Travers on drums (yes, that Joe Travers – the vaultmeister for the Zappa Family Trust). They are a tight unit and Travers drum work really drives the band during the up-tempo numbers.
Johnson has always been hard to categorise and flicks between jazz, » Continue Reading.