Though he’s now 39 years old, California born and bred guitarist and songwriter Eric Lindell has been around the national music scene for a scant couple of years. That, and the appeal he has with the young hipsters dancing around Waterfront Park, qualifies him as a Young Gun.
Having never asked directly, I can only guess about his influences but it’s a safe bet that Van Morrison and Lowell George are at the top of the list. (OK, the fact he covered Don’t Bogart That Joint at the Waterfront Blues Festival kind of gave it away). Toss in a little Creedence (yeah, I heard Creedence) and you get an impression of what we were digging.
Unexpected treat: a great take on Gil Scott-Heron’s Lady Day And John Coltrane, a guaranteed ticket on the hipster train.
There’ll be lots of opportunities to see Lindell as he hopscotches across the country. Do some clicking below, baby, ‘cuz it’s true, it’s true: Lindell’s making it happen.
Look: Lindell on YouTube
Listen: Catch A Stream On His Site
This post originally appeared on WNEW on July 11, 2008.