The Armory Arts and Music Center is thrilled to present Eric Andersen in his first ever appearance in Duluth along with our dear friend Scarlet Rivera - returning to Duluth to help support the Armory Arts and Music Center for a fifth consecutive year! We are also thrilled to be reuniting Eric and Scarlet who first performed together at the debut Rolling Thunder Revue show at the historic Gerde's Folk City in 1975!
Eric Andersen first came to prominence as a performer in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and immediately became part of the Village scene along with Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, and Bob Dylan. He became one of the founders of the singer songwriter movement.
Eric has co-written songs with Bob Weir, Townes Van Zandt, Rick Danko, and Lou Reed. His songs have been covered by many artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, Linda Ronstadt, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Blues Project, Gillian Welch and Linda Thompson. Bob Dylan’s version of Eric’s song “Thirsty Boots” was released as a single on Record Store Day and also appears on the recently released Dylan CD Another Self Portrait.
In 1965 Eric Andersen starred in the Andy Warhol movie Space. In 1966 he made his Newport Folk Festival debut. He took part in the Festival Express tour across Canada in 1970 with Janis Joplin, The Band, Grateful Dead and others.
In 1975, he performed twice on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review including the debut concert at Gerde's Folk City in New York and in Niagara Falls.
Years later Bob Dylan said this to his audience at the Oslo Spektrum: “Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer.”
In the early 1990s Eric recorded 2 trio-harmony albums (Danko/Fjeld/Andersen) with The Band’s Rick Danko and Norwegian singer Jonas Fjeld.
He’s featured in the Joni Mitchell 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.
In 2003 Eric won the Premio Tenco award with Patti Smith in San Remo, Italy. It is an award given to outstanding songwriters. Previous awards have gone to Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Lou Reed.
Over the past 50+ years, Eric has released over 28 albums of original music.
The long overdue and highly anticipated documentary about Eric titled The Songpoet is currently in production and will be released soon. Eric Andersen’s poetical songs have entertained and captivated audiences worldwide. He plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano/keyboard in concert and performs songs which span all his albums including his early classics “Thirsty Boots” and “Violets Of Dawn” as well as new songs.
Scarlet is no stranger to Duluth. She is returning for the fifth straight year to help promote the important efforts to restore the historic Duluth Armory.
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.