Originally Published: March 24, 2016 6 a.m.
It’s not a matter of if he’ll be in “Amarillo by Morning,” because John Eric will be in Prescott by Friday evening to perform “The Troubadour Experience – George Strait Tribute” at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m. Now in its third year, the show includes Eric on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Frank Danna on lead guitar and vocals, Tony Cook on fiddle and vocals, Mike Smith on pedal steel guitar, Eric Gilboe on bass and Robert Scott on drums.
This is the third year “The Troubadour Experience” has been around, said Eric.
“I’d been playing in honky-tonks and casinos for 15 years, Eric said, noting that people said he looked a lot like Strait. “When he retired, I figured I’d give it a shot and it took off.”
Tickets for the show are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Eric loves being able to play the music of George Strait, calling it great music that people can enjoy listening to. His favorite song to perform is “Amarillo by Morning” as it’s his most recognizable, he said.
“The Troubadour Experience” brands itself as “The Nation’s Ultimate George Strait Tribute” It really brings attention to detail when it comes to the wardrobe, guitars and sound, Eric said. He handpicked every player in the band based on their attention to detail in the songs. The whole performance brings an uncanny resemblance in appearance and sound, he said.
“Everything from the vocals to the instrumentation is spot on,” he said.