• Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
    The Village Voice

    It’s Record Store Day, and Roky Erickson has just finished signing autographs at Waterloo Records in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Now, he’s treating himself to ice cream—rocky road!—as his partner, Dana Morris, shows him a book of bumper-sticker photos she just bought. One is written upside-down. “If you can read this,” Erickson begins, reciting it word for word, “then you are crazy as a nut…read more at The Village Voice.”

    Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
    Rolling Stone

    “Roky Erickson has been truly out of this world with Sixties Texan acid rockers the Thirteenth Floor Elevators; he’s also seen hell up close over decades of mental illness only recently ended. But he sings with renewed strength and even sweetness in these new versions of songs…read more at Rolling Stone.”

    April 27th, 2010
    Paste Review

    Roky Erickson with Okkervil River: True Love Cast Out All Evil

    “Roky Erickson, the famously broke Austin, Texas pysch-rock pioneer, has occasionally sent back transmissions from the strange lands to which he wandered after much electric Kool-Aids and forced electroshock. His last semi-lucid album, 1995’s All That May Do My Rhyme, found him spirited but toned down. Now, the man who cried alien completes his re-entry to earth…read more at Paste."

    April 21st, 2010

    Roky Erickson and Okkervil River Unite for Prison-Inspired Record

    There was a very good reason why Okkervil River’s Will Sheff decided to collaborate with Texan psyche pioneer Roky Erickson: The songs that Erickson’s manager sent over for him to check out were compelling, passionate and deserved to be heard…read more at Spinner.

    April 21st, 2010
    Blurt Magazine

    Prodigal Return: Roky Erickson and Okkervil River

    Were you shocked when Pavement reunited? How about when Mission of Burma returned? Nice as those were, their comeback stories have nothing on Roky Erickson. As leader of The 13th Floor Elevators, Erickson basically invented psychedelic rock, writing the classic “You’re Gonna Miss Me” at the age of 15…read more at Blurt Magazine.

    April 21st, 2010
    Houston Chronicle

    Review: Roky Erickson with Okkervil River’s ‘True Love Cast Out All Evil’

    Much as Willie Nelson put himself in the hands of another with producer T Bone Burnett, psychedelic rock legend Roky Erickson on True Love Cast Out All Evil is at the mercy of his producer Will Sheff and backers Sheff’s band Okkervil River. He has more at stake, though, than the prolific and iconic Nelson…read more at the Houston Chronicle.

    April 21st, 2010
    Prefix Magazine

    Roky Erickson: True Love Cast Out All Evil

    True Love Cast Out All Evil isn’t a depressing record, not by a long shot. In fact, it’s swelling with hope, with optimism, with an unflappable good will. Erickson’s generosity on these songs, his willingness to see the good, is downright humbling to listen to…read more at Prefix Magazine.

    Monday, April 19th, 2010

    “Roky Erickson with Okkervil River: True Love Cast Out All Evil”

    Less than a decade ago it was almost inconceivable that Biblically troubled Texas singer/songwriter Roky Erickson would ever return to playing music, let alone do much of anything. While many before him have navigated the dark waters of drug abuse, mental illness, and poverty, very few have resurrected themselves quite as miraculously as Erickson has…read more at PopMatters.
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    Legendary rock n roll pioneer Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson hails from Austin, Texas. He is, in the words of music writer Richie Unterberger, one of "the unknown heroes of rock and roll." As singer, songwriter, and guitar player for the legendary Austin, TX band The 13th Floor Elevators, the first rock and roll band to describe their music as "psychedelic", Roky had a profound impact on the San Francisco scene when the group traveled there in 1966.

    While bands such as The Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane had the their roots in traditional acoustic folk music, the Elevators unique brand of heavy, hard-rocking electric blues pointed to a new direction for the music of the hippie generation. The Elevators only had one chart hit, the Roky-penned You're Gonna Miss Me, but their influence was far reaching. R.E.M., ZZ Top, Poi Dog Pondering, The Judybats, T-Bone Burnett, Julian Cope, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cramps, The Minutemen, Television, The Cynics, The Lyres, Teisco Del Rey, The Fuzztones and Radio Birdman have all either recorded or played live versions of Roky's songs.

    In addition to these performers, Roky is an acknowledged influence on such diverse musicians as Robert Plant, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Henry Rollins, Mike Watt, Sonic Youth, The Butthole Surfers, Jon Spencer, The Damned, Red Krayola, Pere Ubu, and current indie hit-makers The White Stripes. His songs have appeared on the soundtracks to the movies High Fidelity, Drugstore Cowboy, Boys Don't Cry, Hamlet (2000), and Return of the Living Dead. While he may not be a household name, Roky has enjoyed the support of a small but fiercely loyal cult following throughout his career.

    Unfortunately, Roky's struggles with drug abuse and mental illness took a serious toll. His 1969 arrest in Texas for possession of a single marijuana cigarette led to his being committed for three years to Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he was reportedly subjected to Thorazine, electroshock therapy, and other experimental treatments. Most agree he was never the same after his release. Roky has had prolific periods of creativity in the intervening years, but unscrupulous managers and record label executives often took advantage of his condition, leaving Roky to live in poverty while others profit from his music.

    Happily, today we find Roky in the process of being his own miracle and making an astounding recovery from nearly a two-decade long period of almost total tragedy. His youngest brother, singer/songwriter and former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Tubaist Sumner Erickson, was appointed Roky's legal guardian in June, 2001. Sumner has established The Roger Kynard Erickson Trust to address Roky's living expenses, medical bills, and other financial needs. From June, 2001 until July, 2002, Roky lived with his brother in Pittsburgh, where he finally began to receive the treatment and care he needs.

    Roky is now back in Austin, where his health continues to improve dramatically. In March, 2005, Roky made his first public performance in 10 years performing 3 songs at the Roky Erickson Psychedelic Ice Cream Social at Threadgills in Austin. He was backed by the Explosives. In September, he is scheduled to play the Austin City Limits Festival (again with the Explosives) which will mark his first full concert appearance in almost two decades! Celebrate as the miracle continues! More information is available at the trust's official web site: http://www.rokyerickson.net

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