Collin Herring Plays Tonight at The Mohawk
Ft. Worth native Collin Herring first swept hometown fans off their feet with his 2002 debut, Avoiding the Circus. He was regarded as an up-an-coming alt.-country star, combining roots music with unique blends of post-punk, rock and psychedelia. His second album, The Other Side of Kindness (2005) got him more national recognition and brought more opportunties to make his mark on radio, television and live performances. By the time Past Life Crashing was released in 2008, even Herring himself was pleasantly surprised by the huge, positive reactions to his work. It wasn’t something he was expecting. He had been dealing with other issues throughout the past three years. His third album wasn’t just an album – it was a catharsis.
Herring had spent some time in and out of drug rehab and was dealing with a divorce from his wife. Past Life Crashing is a deep reflection of his internal struggle during these profound changes, and also showed his evolution into a more emotionally mature songwriter.
“I was just doing what I love to do, having no other choice than to get what is inside of me out,” Herring says. “I kept rerecording the songs because I’d heard them and I just didn’t believe it. I wanted them to sound frayed enough that people heard them and felt the way I did when I wrote them.”
Herring will soon be completing his forth album. For the time being, you can get a preview of his newer work at his show tonight at the Mohawk’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. The bill includes performances by indie folk-pop artist Tyler Jordan and pop/rock quartet Legs Against Arms. Things get started around 10 p.m.