Eric Johanson – Below Sea Level

Album Review | Nola Blue Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

New Orleans-based singer and guitarist Eric Johanson is a third generation Louisiana musician, whose genetic makeup is entrenched in the Blues.  Below Sea Level is Johanson’s second album and the first on Nola Blue Records and features some fine Paul Rodgers-like vocals and blistering riff-laden guitar solos throughout. 

Working in collaboration with Luther and Cody Dickinson, the cuts on Below Sea Level range from the hard rocking “Buried Above Ground” and “Down to the Bottom” to the soulful “Changes the Universe”, complete with Ray Jacildo’s empathetic Hammond B3, to the deep southern sneer of “River of Oblivion”.  Luther Dickinson’s production is crisp and uncluttered, with an emphasis on Johanson’s bold guitar work, both slide and standard, with one or two acoustic forays towards the end, offering a more delicate side to this engaging young bluesman. 

Choice Track: Changes the Universe (NSV 510)