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October 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
From Rolling Stone 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know:
Sounds Like: Rebellious honky-tonk, stitched with blue-collar country music
For Fans of: Johnny Cash and June Carter, Chris LeDoux, Waylon Jennings
Why You Should Pay Attention: Nashville singer-songwriter JP Harris considers himself a carpenter who writes country songs — not a country singer. He doesn’t like to be defined by just one thing, something that stems from a lifetime’s worth of experiences: riding freight trains, living as a shepherd with the Navajo and existing without running water in an Appalachian cabin. But the Alabama-born musician has also been performing for nine years, singing his rugged, pedal steel-laced ballads and sharing the stage with Bakersfield country legend Red Simpson, Hal Ketchum and Terry Allen. Collaborations with Nikki Lane and Sixpence None the Richer’s Leigh Nash have helped him garner a fan base beyond the Nashville community. Following a four-year hiatus during which he got sober, Harris has plans to release his new album Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing, produced by Morgan Jahnig of Old Crow Medicine Show, on October 5th.
He Says: “One of the things I told myself was that if you feel that you cannot continue to improve as a human or a person on Earth, that you’ve lost your entire purpose on Earth. That’s kind of how I feel. I think if you can keep that in your mind’s eye, you can stand to always improve your emotional state and that of those around you. It’s a tough thing to live with when you’re primarily sober and you spend a lot of time thinking back on your past. It doesn’t always result in good memories. But I think that’s a part of the process of staying alive, especially in this business. I think I was at a juncture where I had to make some big changes in my life one way or the other: to quit music or get my shit together. I chose to get my shit together, and I think that’s reflected in this record I made.”
Hear for Yourself: Highlighting Harris’ tender, quivering vocals paired with a wailing pedal steel, “When I Quit Drinking” is an introspective take on the reality of what happens when you sober up and have to face yourself. I.K.