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Erik Husman and The Golden Rule


If your tastes run towards the true dirt folksiness of Woodie Guthrie, or you like your alt-country to reek of heartbreak and solitude, campfires and wide open skies, then this Sunday night’s show at the Oriental Theater is a must see – at least early on.
Sponsored by Afton Shows, the night’s showcase will feature a set by local troubadour Erik Husman and his newly-named band The Golden Rule – the first set since March of this year, and since they released the second record. Recorded live at the Walnut Room, Husman’s second record “The Archaeology of the Letdown” is a solid collection of original tunes that harken back to an earlier style of folk, but that still carry the weight and levity of more recent situations. It was recorded entirely live specifically to catch the power of the band as they live through the songs – each one a vignette of simple misfortune or joyous, haphazard confusion with relationships. It’s a satisfying, somewhat bluesy mix that recalls a feeling of proto-Wilco tunes, and Husman himself shows the occasional glimmer of Jeff Tweedy from time to time – at least in composition.

Check out some of the record, but be sure to get to the Oriental EARLY for this all ages show to catch them – you won’t regret it.

A real troubadour with a rare insight into people and an ardent ear for passion, Golden’s Erik Husman almost completely avoids the usual trappings of the singer/songwriter genre by combining a strong melancholia and a wry wit and blending it with a traditional folk style steeped heavily in psychedelia and solid, simple and cool rock and roll. A listen to the songs from his self-produced first record, the alternately lonely, prayerful and mercurial “American Gothic,” leaves you with visions both the torn havoc of recent, confused and transforming heartbreak and the solid resiliency to go on, albeit with a touch of bourbon for courage.

Husman’s music is informed by a mixture of icons, both literary and musical. In it you can hear influences from the aforementioned country and folk acts to the likes of Brian Jonestown Massacre, Gram Parsons, Aimee Mann, Vetiver, Archers of Loaf, lyrical prose geniuses like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Franz Kafka, and aliens (the real ones - the truth IS out there!). The results of this mix are sometimes pointed, straightforward folk song/stories, sometimes stream of consciousness rants, thrust into the mix in Husman’s signature tortured and often bewildered, yet wise, vocals. [+]