Eric Johns has had
a career that has seen him front bands
as diverse as Metal acts Human Cometh,
Simple Aggression, Hard rock act
Southern Gentlemen and Americana act
American Rail Council. On "Smoke in the
Sky" Eric has put together a collection
of Bluesy Rock Tracks that showcases his
powerful emotive vocals. He is also a
great storyteller with his lyrics.
"I have never been shy about wearing my
influences on my sleeve," said Eric.
"This was the vocal style I grew up
listening to blasting out of every car
window when I was growing up. I wanted
to give that style of music some much
needed attention and remembrance, while
still trying to bring some new and more
modern elements to the songs. The result
is 11 tracks of bluesy hard rock that
pays homage to the great rock singers of
the 70's while lending a fresh new edge
to the style."
Producer David T. Chastain states: "Eric
is a very versatile vocalist. He has the
ability to do justice to a wide range of
styles from Dio to Janis Joplin. I have
heard him sing Dio's "Gates of Babylon"
and Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart"
with equal mastery. It was time for him
to step out and do his own thing."
Joining Eric on "Smoke in the Sky" is
his long time friend and bassist Dave
Swart. Southern Gentlemen Drummer Mike
Haid joins guitarist Steven Taylor to
round out this All Star backing band.
What do you do if you are musician who
plays in several bands, but all of them
are inactive because members are busy in
other projects? If you are vocalist Eric
Johns, you use the downtime to make a
impressive solo record. One that was