Eric Johnson: Tones. Eric Johnson bounced around the Austin music scene for years before his prodigious talents were heard round the country. Tones was the beginning of that. I'm tempted to say it is his best album so far, but maybe that's just because it represents the first I heard of him. The songs here are consistently stronger in a way the later albums aren't, particularly side two of the old LP (from "Desert Song" onward).