Eric Andersen

Eric AndersenFrom: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Eric Andersen was one of the key members of the folk revival during the 1960s. Unlike Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs, also of the folk revival scene, Andersen’s music was more romantic/philosophical/poetic than it was socially conscious. Having said that, one of Andersen’s better-known song is “Thirsty Boots,” a song that became a theme of sorts for Freedom Rides of the early ’60s.

Eric Andersen emerged from the Northeast folk-club circuit, before he began to record in 1965. That year, he released the album Today Is The Highway. In 1966, Andersen released his second album, “Bout Changes & Thins.” This album includes some of his best writing, including the amazing “Violets Of Dawn,” as well as “Thirsty Boots” and “I Shall Go Unbounded.” The album featured some amazing finger picking by Andersen, and was truly the highlight of his folk career.

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Andersen delved more into country, pop, and rock music. In 1972, he would released his most commercially successful album, Blue River. In the ’70s and ’80s, Eric Andersen recorded sporadically, while playing several folk clubs around America, and especially Europe. Andersen’s later material reverts back to his folk roots.

Artist information sources include: an article by William Ruhlmann at

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‘Bout Changes & Things – 1966
'Bout Changes & Things

  • Violets Of Dawn