From the Ugly Studs to 'Mused Here'
If folk rock were a unicorn, Antonio Estevan Huerta would be the rainbow. The youthful rocker is riding the rutted roads of America and beyond with his latest EP, Mused Here.
The hardworking Houstonite honed his sound in various collaborations in his hometown and Austin before finding his voice as a solo musician. Citing such influences as the tumultuous, emotional lulling of Jeff Buckley and the raucous, down-home feel of John Mellencamp, the punk kid-turned-introspective minstrel has a limited, yet sincere vocal range.
A previous stint in punk band The Ugly Studs shaped Huerta's songs, which linger in an ambiguous space of hardened, yet heartfelt content. Though his latest recording is lackluster, Huerta's musical style resonates with depth and energy, which translates well in a live setting. To that end, he's been dragging his faithful guitar across the world on a circuitous route from Oslo and Croatia to Ceske Budejovice and Finland, (Crack open an atlas, kid), and has embarked on three European and five American tours.