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Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

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American singer- songwriter Roky Erickson has recorded one album with Okkervil River, the 2010 album True Love Cast Out All Evil.

Ten years ago, Erickson’s legacy as one of rock and roll’s most tragic figures had already been written. Once regarded as a spectacularly gifted singer and one of psychedelic music’s founding fathers, Erickson had watched his career fall apart while locked in a maximum security prison for the criminally insane. He had eventually retreated to a housing project in South Austin where he kept multiple televisions and radios on at full volume to drown out the voices in his head. No one had heard from him in over a decade. His friends and fans had all given up hope. They assumed he would simply fade away.

Instead, Erickson has shocked everyone with a recovery that’s nothing short of miraculous. At the age of 63, he has emerged from debilitating mental illness and self-imposed isolation. He has given up drugs and alcohol, reconnected with his son and first wife, bought his first house and made his first new album in over a decade.

True Love Cast Out All Evil introduces thirteen songs written at various points in Erickson’s life but largely abandoned due to the violent twists and turns that life took. In these songs, Erickson narrates his own incredible story in his own unique voice. It’s a story of agonizing pain and irretrievable loss, but it’s also a story of the optimism and hope that has allowed him to overcome. And it’s all true.

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  • sammy1971

    Just found this guy and truly love him! Great songs!!

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Ohteddi

    This album is life changing.

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • DavidKimbriel

    I'd check out the documentary You're Gonna Miss Me, it really put how incredible this album's existence is into perspective for me.

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
  • DeucesAreWild

    the sheer fact that this album actually exists raises the stakes quite a bit but they more than pull it if i'd say

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • RODRUIL

    God Bless Roky and OR. and thats all there is to It!

    29 Dec 2010 Reply
  • rover_spun

    True, this is Roky's album. Some songs are great but on others they give him too much space... he doesn't have his shriek anymore.

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • discoxombi

    okkervil ruins roky

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sugahtank

    God Bless Roky!!

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Odin_The_Wise

    Goodbye Sweet Dreams <3 [2]

    23 Jul 2010 Reply
  • f_k_o_s

    Goodbye Sweet Dreams <3

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • AllFunkNoLuck

    Rokkervil Erickson? I didn't miss Will's voice. This album is for Roky Erickson.

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • MichaelJoMayer

    A flawless album that gets better with each listen.

    24 Jun 2010 Reply
  • melvinz

    great job!

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • derikgnroll

    Long Live Roky Erickson (2) God Bless Roky!!

    8 May 2010 Reply
  • Pusher83

    Hi how are you Roky?

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • gerard_d

    Long Live Roky Erickson, and kudos to Will Sheff & Okkervil River for respecting his work and doing a great job.

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • chancer

    If you know Roky Erickson's story, it's impossible not to tear up while listening to this new album.

    24 Apr 2010 Reply
  • jharmon5

    Got his new one the day of it's release. I've listened to it 6 times in the last couple days. Everyone that I've introduced to him (& 13th Floor Elevators) love him instantly. Roky is truely amazing!

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • rompemonster

    great record! okkervil river is no bad backing band

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
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