Eric Andersen: 2018
Cheryl Prashker, "Sunday Supper" host John Platt, Eric Andersen, Steve Addabo (photo by Jeremy Rainer)
After Tom Paxton invited him to come to New York City in 1964, Eric Andersen became a vital part of the Greenwich Village folk revival. More than 50 years later, at a youthful 75, Andersen is living in Amsterdam with his Dutch wife, Inge Andersen, and is as active as ever. He's recently released two albums in Europe, one dedicated to the work of Albert Camus and the other to Lord Byron, and Legacy Records is issuing a two-CD, 33-track career anthology, The Essential Eric Andersen — a perfect time for a return visit to the "Sunday Supper."
In our wide-ranging conversation, Andersen, a consummate storyteller, talked about Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, the Chelsea Hotel, his ill-fated lost Stages album, and some of the comrades he misses most. Accompanied by Steve Addabo on guitar and Cheryl Prashker on percussion, he also treated us to live performances of his classics, "Thirsty Boots" and "Blue River."