Eric D. Johnson

Artist Profile

In the first of the series, the Fruit Bats frontman puts his own laconic signature on The Byrds’ “Ballad of Easy Rider.” Consummate musician, Shins sideman, respected songwriter and film composer Eric D. Johnson and band have just released their 5th album on Seattle’s famed Sub Pop label. From soaring pop confections to darker, rootsier explorations, he traverses genre and instrument with a savant’s unlikely ease.

The river called. The indie community answered.

Deschutes River Recordings is a unique collaboration between artist and cause. Deschutes Brewery put out the call for independent artists to sing river-themed songs, from the banks of the river, to benefit the vital work of the Deschutes River Conservancy. They’re musicians as committed to the cause as they are the craft. And fearless enough to tackle whatever covers Deschutes Brewery fans tossed their way. Welcome to the riverside high wire: live, unadorned, far from a studio safety net.