“The Appalachian Tommy” — AMERICANA UK
“A mesmeric album... It’s a major work, one best experienced in one sitting where the listener can let Huey and Ambel’s talents engulf them in the portentous atmosphere created over this moving, unvarnished, and unforgettable 43-minute opus.” — AMERICAN SONGWRITER
"Like fellow Punk to Americana converts, Dave Alvin, Willie Nile, and Blag Dahlia, Erik Vincent Huey trades snarl and swagger for a more Springsteen-esque approach." —THE ALTERNATE ROOT
"Huey’s canny lyrical ingenuity and his ability to spin an entrancing story create a powerful, entertaining narrative… It does what the best folk albums do…”
“Best of the Month Playlist, January 2023” — NO DEPRESSION
“An anthem of Guthrie-esque proportions… ‘Appalachian Gothic’ is an album that stands alongside the best of those documenting the fates of those caught up in the social and economic fallout of post-industrial America.” —FOLK AND TUMBLE (UK)
"Upbeat and transcendent... From the first note to the last, high energy flowed over a strong connection between Erik and his audience... Huey commanded the stage ... (we) can't recommend an Erik V. Huey live show highly enough." — AMERICANA HIGHWAYS
"Letting his vocals complement the twang of pedal steel and the barroom piano, the song is almost a meta take on the country music lifestyle… a fun honky-tonk anthem.” —GLIDE MAGAZINE (“Drink All Day” premiere)
“You may well find yourself singing this for days after you’ve heard it… Hopefully, this is just the start for an artist who, on this album, shows he has the skill to craft good songs across a range of country styles.” —AMERICANA UK
“dark, evocative songs... that convey both the joyful and dark realities of past and present day West Virginian Appalachia.” —AMERICANA HIGHWAYS
The son of four generations of coal miners, Erik Vincent Huey grew up along the banks of the Monongahela River in West Virginia. On his debut solo album, Appalachian Gothic, Erik takes a nostalgic deep dive into the Appalachia of his youth while wrestling with the hard contemporary realities of a region that’s been left behind in so many ways yet remains richly interwoven into the cultural fabric of America.
The album was recorded at Cowboy Technical Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll guitarist (Joan Jett, Del-Lords, Steve Earle & The Dukes) and producer (Bottle Rockets, Jimbo Mathus, Yayhoos, Sarah Borges).
The album drops on January 20, 2023; the first two singles have a release date of October 17, 2022 (“The Devil is Here in These Hills”) and November 21, 2022 (“Winona”).
Erik (aka Cletus McCoy) is also the frontman of The Surreal McCoys, an Outlaw Country Americana band that—boosted by airplay of its single “Whole Lotta Folsom” on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country and other outlets –cracked the Top 50 on the Americana Album Charts and currently enjoys 50K monthly listeners on Spotify, where it has collected nearly 2 million spins.
He came of age on punk rock but eventually discovered that he could never truly escape the pull of his Appalachian roots. From the on-ramp of The Blasters, X, Jason & The Scorchers, The Beat Farmers, and Mojo Nixon, he wandered upstream along the Hillbilly Highway until he unearthed a couple of old cassettes by Johnny Cash and George Jones—artists he’d listened to as a kid in the cab of his Uncle Jack’s 18-wheeler.
“This record is a love letter to Appalachia,” says Huey. “Like so many West Virginians, I had to leave the place where I grew up. As the locals say, I had to ‘get out to get ahead,’ which created a lasting sense of exile. So this album is a homecoming of sorts. It’s a realization that, as I sing on the album’s closing song, “I spent my life tunneling out, but those rugged brown hills keep calling me home.”
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