One of the more popular new trends lately has been a band’s live rendition of an influential record from their past. It’s a pretty cool thing, too, to see bands like Pixies play albums we all grew up hearing — live — in their entirety.
It’s not often, though, that we get to share the stage with those performers to help create a recording that just might become one of those records that everyone remembers years from now. Tonight, local troubadour Erik Husman will offer that opportunity at the Walnut Room. Husman, a new addition to the Denver scene, will be playing all new material and recording it as his second release.
“I’m kind of freaking out, really,” said Husman when we sat down in a Golden bar recently. “It’s not like preparing for a gig. I’ve got to do about 180 hours of studio performance [the time it took to record his first album] free-form, live, in one take. There’s no going back,” he added. “But it’ll be the most genuine way to capture the real me.”
Husman’s style ranges from rough spirituals and anthems that recall Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, to a solid indie feel with a nod to the Radiohead crowd. While in the strictest sense he does fall into the genre of “singer-songwriter,” his delivery tends to be much more exciting — rougher, just a little more desperate — than the traditional folky crooning.
Husman’s first record, “American Gothic,” was completely self-produced an had under 500 copies pressed — most of which were given away to industry folk and friends. The timbre of that effort, while it definitely shows some of Husman’s characteristic balladry, unique vocals and almost punky anthems, carries the feel of a rookie try.
“The best thing I can offer musically is my live performance,” Husman said. “That’s why we’re doing this record live. It’s all a matter of time and space that had to come together. Playing these songs in front of people is the only way I can imagine doing them right now.
“I just want to throw stuff up so people can hear it warts and all….who knows how it may end up? Maybe this is the show that gets me a band,” he chuckled.
Husman’s musical career seems to be taking off at a fair clip as well. He’s been invited to play in the Marmora Area Canoe & Kayak Festival in Ontario this April and will be doing a small tour of the Pacific Northwest in July, including a gig at the North Douglas County Fair.
Erik Husman plays the Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St., Denver, tonight. Doors at 7:30 p.m., with Manitou Springs’ The Changing Colors opening. Tickets are $5 and available online, and all proceeds raised from the show will go to SOS Outreach, a non-profit youth organization.