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 last 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 met Chris Bynum – son of outlaw country songwriter Hal Bynum – in his freshman year at the University of Denver, and the two became fast, lifelong friends and musical soulmates. Afternoons spent sipping bourbon and smoking to a backdrop of “Days of Our Lives,” the two learned to cover tunes from musicians like Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, Dylan, Neil Young, and others. Bynum introduced Husman to classic country artists like Waylon Jennings, Willy Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams, Sr., Marty Robbins, and Merle Haggard. It was also about this time that Husman realized that he shared his birthdate with Woody Guthrie – another folk hero.
Husman’s influence shifted slightly as years passed, from classic country and rock to a more contemporary fare based on a healthy obsession with Radiohead’s “The Bends” and “OK Computer.” Another path led him to The Old ‘97s, Uncle Tupelo, The Jayhawks, Wilco and Golden Smog – as well as to a deep desire to make his own music, and a name for himself. Out of that came “American Gothic,” recorded in a producer’s basement and mixed and mastered where the drum tracks for the Fleetwood Mac classic "Rumors", were recorded. “American Gothic” had a 100 CD pressing, half of which Husman simply gave away.
A life-changing trip to last year’s Burning Man Festival, finally convinced Husman of his own artistic foundation, and since then he has dedicated himself entirely to music. In the past year he’s played small clubs, restaurants and other typical first-time venues, to an ever-growing fan base. This past October, Husman played a fundraiser for the city of Drain, OR, to benefit their local non-profit organizations. He and newly formed "Golden Rule" band-mate, Diana Sabreen, recently returned from a mini-tour in Oregon, where the new (and old) music was very well-received. Highlights included a radio show and interview on U of O's KWVA 88.1 "Just Left of Jesus" program, gigs at the Narrows, and the Axe and Fiddle.
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 Raymond Carver, 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.
Husman recorded his new album,"Archaeology of the Letdown" completely live, with his new band, The Golden Rule, at The Walnut Room on March 24, 2011. The new material, is straight from the heart by this new and edgy troubadour. Out of this show came the fowmation of Erik Husman and The Golden Rule consisting of Eddie Mize on percussion/vocals, and Diana Sabreen's vocals. Husman and Bynum collaborated on the new material which will be released via limited vinyl pressing, iTunes, Spotify, and CD; Husman working in Golden, and Bynum in NYC. Definitely check out this Western Freak Folkster – you’ll be happy you did.
Courtesy of Billy Thieme -DenverThread – Erik Husman, Singer/Songwriter from Golden, CO