Previously Unreleased Bob Dylan Rendition of “Thirsty Boots” Included Along with 34 Newly Recorded Tracks

“Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer and writer.”
–Bob Dylan

“Master.”
Rolling Stone

Tribute To a Songpoet: Songs of Eric Andersen will be released October 21 as a 42-track, 3CD set via Y&T Music and digitally as a 41-track album via EARecords. The set fêtes a towering songwriter who mentored Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, and Joni Mitchell; co-wrote songs with Reed, Bob Weir, and Townes Van Zandt; saw his own songs covered by The Grateful Dead, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, Gillian Welch, and Linda Thompson; appeared on the TV’s Johnny Cash Show and co-starred with Edie Sedgwick in an Andy Warhol film called Space; performing on the legendary Festival Express and Rolling Thunder Revue tours; and was most recently the subject of a full-length documentary The Songpoet, that aired nationally on PBS last year. Andersen will tour the northeast this October.
Bob Dylan contributes a previously unreleased take of Andersen’s civil rights song “Thirsty Boots” recorded in 1970 with Dylan’s guitar, vocals, and harmonica accompanied by Al Kooper on piano, David Bromberg on guitar, with bass added in 2021 by Tony Garnier, newly mixed by Steve Addabbo.

Tribute To a Songpoet: Songs of Eric Andersen includes 33 newly recorded tracks in total, including a soulful “Foghorn” by Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Janis Ian’s insightful version of “Hills of Tuscany,” Amy Helm’s gorgeous “Blue River,” “Miss Lonely Are You Blue” sung by Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith, R.E.M., Allen Ginsberg, Paul McCartney), Wesley Stace bringing the jangle to “Time Run Like a Freight Train,” a biting “Rain Falls Down In Amsterdam” sung by Willie Nile, and GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons’ foot-stomping “Song to J.C.B.,” which Andersen first wrote for bluesman J.C. Burris.

Also included are previously released gems such as Mary Chapin Carpenter’s beautiful rendition on “Violets Of Dawn”; and Linda Ronstadt’s 1972 recording of “(I Ain’t Always Been) Faithful,” which features Glenn Frey on guitar and backing vocals, Don Henley on bass and backing vocals, and Buddy Emmons on steel guitar. The compilation closes with a heart-rending version of “Blue River” recorded live in 1995 by Rick Danko (of The Band and a bandmate of Eric’s in the trio Danko/Fjeld/Andersen); Andersen first wrote “Blue River.” Andersen recalls, “Rick showed me the big blue shiny Hudson from the Rhinecliff bridge. I wrote the song a little later when I returned to my home in Venice on coast of LA.”

In the liner notes, which feature quotes from a number of contributing artists, Larry Campbell said, “Eric is the real thing, he always has been and Teresa and I are honored to have the chance to interpret a song from his great body of work.”

Janis Ian recalls, “Eric Andersen was at the first real show I ever did, at the Village Gate circa 1965. I was just fourteen years old, and looking at him seated between Tom Paxton and Len Chandler, all I could think was, ‘Omigod, he looks just like his photos!’ Even better, he sounds just like his records. So happy to be a part of this one!”
Dom Flemons said, “Eric Andersen is a masterful painter of lyrical brilliance and an eloquent storyteller.”

The set was produced by longtime Eric Andersen collaborator Steve Addabbo, who has mixed several of the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series entries as well as work for Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, and Suzanne Vega.

TRIBUTE TO A SONGPOET: SONGS OF ERIC ANDERSEN TRACK LISTING (ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ERIC ANDERSEN EXCEPT WHERE NOTED)

* PREVIOUSLY RELEASED

CD1:
1. Thirsty Boots – Bob Dylan
2. Goin’ Gone – Richard Shindell
3. Eyes Of The Immigrant – Lucy Kaplansky
4. You Can’t Relive The Past (Eric Andersen / Lou Reed) – Syd Straw
5. Salt On Your Skin – Albert Lee
6. Before Everything Changed – Scarlet Rivera
7. Rain Falls Down In Amsterdam – Willie Nile
8. Cold Country – Elliott Murphy
9. Ain’t No Time To Bleed – Eric Bazilian
10. Foghorn – Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
11. Singin’ Man – Eric Lee
12. Blue Heart – Paul Lamont
13. Rains Are Gonna Come – Evan Stanley
14. Violets of Dawn – Mary Chapin Carpenter (only on CD) * / Violets of Dawn – Lynn Miles (only on digital release)

CD2:
1. Moonchild River Song – Dan Navarro
2. Hills Of Tuscany – Janis Ian
3. Time Run Like A Freight Train – Wesley Stace
4. Woman, She Was Gentle – Scott Severin featuring Stateleigh Holmes
5. Sweet Surprise – Arlen Roth
6. Baby, I’m Lonesome – Denice Franke
7. Listen To The Rain – Sari Andersen with Debbie Green *
8. Belgian Bar – Steve Postell
9. Trouble In Paris – Robert Aaron
10. Driftin’ Away (Eric Andersen / Rick Danko) – Signè Andersen
11. Six Senses Of Darkness – Steve Addabbo
12. Come Runnin’ Like A Friend – John Gorka
13. Mary, I’m Comin’ Back Home – Happy Traum
14. Blue River – Amy Helm

CD3:
1. (I Ain’t Always Been) Faithful – Linda Ronstadt (only on physical CD) *
2. Wind And Sand – David Buskin And Robin Batteau
3. The Hustler – Don Graham
4. Is It Really Love At All – Alice Howe
5. Sheila – Jim Wurster
6. Miss Lonely Are You Blue – Lenny Kaye
7. Round The Bend – Inge Andersen *
8. Song To J.C.B. – Dom Flemons
9. Come To My Bedside, My Darling – Simon Keats (aka Paul Zoontjens) *
10. For What Was Gained – Joyce Andersen *
11. Dusty Box Car Wall – Cliff Eberhardt
12. Waves of Freedom – The Kennedys
13. Close The Door Lightly When You Go – Richard Barone featuring Allison Moorer *
14. Blue River (Live) – Rick Danko *

ERIC ANDERSEN TOUR DATES
October 25 – Boston, MA – City Winery, Haymarket Lounge
October 26 – New York, NY – City Winery, The Loft
October 27 – Marlboro, NY – The Falcon
October 28 – Blairstown, NJ – Roy’s Hall
October 29 – Syracuse, NY – The 443 Social Club & Lounge
October 30 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery, The Loft