C3 Presents Roky Erickson with Okkervil River As singer, songwriter, and guitar player for the legendary Austin, TX band The 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson had a profound impact on garage rock and igniting the psychedelic music scene in the 60s. While he may not be a household name, Roky Erickson has enjoyed a fiercely loyal cult following throughout his career. The reverberations of the band's distinctive sound can still be heard today with his songs being covered by R.E.M., The Jesus and Mary Chain, ZZ Top, and T-Bone Burnett, and with artists such as Patti Smith, Jeff Tweedy, and The White Stripes crediting his influence on their music. Making an astounding recovery from a decades-long period of almost total tragedy, Erickson will release True Love Cast Out All Evil this spring, his first new album in 14 years. With fellow Austinites Okkervil River backing him and frontman Will Sheff serving as producer, the album is comprised largely of unreleased songs that Erickson wrote throughout his career - detailing with heart-breaking candor a harrowing life that has included shock treatment, imprisonment, drug abuse and mental illness. Incorporating found sound and archival recordings from the time Erickson spent confined at a hospital for the criminally insane in the early 70s, the album is an exhilarating combination of hardship and optimism, candid songwriting and innovative production. I feel truly lucky that I got to produce this record," Sheff says. "This is not a cynical comeback record, a lukewarm update on an established legacy - these are the best songs Roky has ever written, unreleased due to decades plagued by the kind of personal tragedies that would destroy someone less resilient. This record has been the most challenging and rewarding, thing I've ever worked on, and we in Okkervil River were deeply honored to show up decades later and help Roky carry these wonderful songs over the finish line. Doors Opens at 7:00 p.m.
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