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AUGUST 1, 2, 3 . 2014 . Happy Valley, Oregon

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LISTEN Being On Our Own
LISTEN Beautiful Morning Light
LISTEN Primitive Man
LISTEN My Unusual Friend
Sometimes a story can take a long time to tell. Eric D. Johnson, who has recorded and performed as the Fruit Bats for a decade now, had a story like that, a chance encounter that had rattled around his head for years. He's tried to write it as a short story, a play, a movie...yet until now couldn't get it down just right. Finally he decided to make a song out of it, and the result is "Tony the Tripper." It's the song at the heart of his fifth album, Tripper, setting the tone for a bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself.

 


 

The story goes like this. Just after turning 20, Johnson boarded a train from Chicago to see his sister in Olympia, Washington. A grizzled vagabond-Tony-took the seat next to him for the ride to Fargo, North Dakota
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