Lawyer by day musician by night, Erich Collins Carey is a roots and folk rock singer & songwriter from New York, NY, currently living and working as a copyright attorney for the National Music Publishers' Association in Washington, D.C.
ECC regularly performs live in and around both cities, in both original music and cover formats in the folk, rock'n'roll and americana genres both as a solo act and with full bands- typically fronting The Constituency when in New York City and sitting in with the Rock Creek Kings when in Washington, D.C.
In June 2019 ECC and the Rock Creek Kings won the WEHM Radio (92.9 & 96.9 FM in the Hamptons) Real Band Battle 2019 earning a featured slot at 2019's Great South Bay Music Festival. The Rock Creek King's big win was featured in the Shelter Island Reporter:
Erich released his album "Could've Gone Either Way" on his own independent label Route 114 Music & Records(available for streaming on this page at right, as well as on Spotify and Apple Music). Recorded under the guidance of Grammy-award winning producer Matt Shane, the album is a story of friends coming and going, years passing by and moving through cities told through a range of musical styles, including folk rock (Northstar, Midnight Train, Jen & Jill), country and blues ((I'm Just a Mule on) The Wagon Train of Life, I'm a Gonna Make You Mine, Luck Runs Out) and Irish traditional (The Ballad of the Great Hugh Carey).
The album is Carey's second release since his debut "The Bachelor of Arts" which he recorded his senior year at Amherst College. Two songs from that album, "Remedy in Miles" and "Northeast Lament," received honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Carey continues to perform songs from both albums in live performance along with material planned for follow-up release (late 2018).
Carey's music channels the sounds of his influences including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews Band, Paul Simon, Bob Marley, Van Morison and the Grateful Dead. ECC categorizes his music as a unique blend of styles he affectionately calls "barefoot rock n' roll."
The album "Could've Gone Either Way" concludes with a ballad Carey wrote for his late grandfather, former NY Governor Hugh L. Carey. The younger Carey performed the song at services honoring the late Governor, both in New York and in the Governor's beloved Ireland. Below is a feature on Carey's performance in Ireland in July 2012:
Notably too, Carey was the original baby featured on the Huggies diapers box, and counts his cameo in the diaper theft scene in the film Raising Arizona among his film credits.