Key to the Highway
By Cory Albertson
At first glance, you'd think Eric Himan is the type of guy who yields to the self-indulgent madness of life as a touring musician, a wanton existence marked by bedpost notches, trashed hotel rooms, and a long trail of beer-bathed plastic cups. With his sly grin and a flashy canvas of tattoos on his arms, the Tulsa, Okla.�based queer folk-rocker also seems like the type of guy who wouldn�t hesitate to kick your ass.
But as he hits the highway again this summer in support of his new album, Resonate, Himan confesses that he�s hopelessly mellow. When not performing songs about our culture�s obsession with fame and conformity (�For Me�), gay rights (�Protest Song�), and the journey of a transgender boy (�Little Boy Blue�), Himan -- who has a partner back home -- spends his time honing his board game skills.
�People expect that because you�re a rock star, you must have alcohol and cigarettes, and your car must be full of old pieces of everything,� he says, laughing. �And then I open up my trunk and �Look, it�s Operation!�"
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