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After two years, dozens of accolades, hundreds of shows, thousands of miles, and heartaches beyond number, JP Harris and The Tough Choices are proud to announce the follow-up to our acclaimed debut album:
“Home Is Where The Hurt Is,” the 10-song, second album of all originals, penned by JP, is the culmination of a lot of road-living, a lot of memorable moments, a lot of mistakes, and a little bit of growing just a little bit older.
Recorded in our home of Nashville, this album has truly been an endeavor pulled off by the skin of our teeth. Several attempts to record fell through over the course of a year, leaving us all a little confused, frustrated, and increasingly hopeless about ever getting another album done before the momentum we’d created slowed to a crawl…
And then, on a chilly November morning, one of the Tough Choices made a call to friend and top-notch engineer Justin Francis. A call that lead us to Ronnie’s Place, the famed studio previously owned by both Ronnie Milsap and Roy Orbison, where Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, and countless other Country Music legends recorded throughout the 70′s and 80′s.
When the dust had settled a week or so later, the record featured stellar playing and singing by not only JP and many full- and part-time Tough Choices, but also many local friends, including the vocal stylings of indie-country starlet Nikki Lane, country-folk songstress Shelly Colvin, and long-time friend and collaborator Chance McCoy of Old Crow Medicine Show (in addition to harmony vocals, McCoy took up fiddle duties as well as rhythm and additional lead guitars). To top it off, JP enlisted Steve Berlin of Los Lobos to break a few rules and put some sax on the final track, a 50′s hillbilly-bop throwback about bad boys and bad living. Or good living. You decide after you get the record.
Thankfully, Cow Island Music has been gracious enough to fund this album. That said, as a small, independent record label, they are not without financial limitation. Playing, producing, or distributing quality, original music just doesn’t pay these days, let alone get recognition on sheer quality alone. If you’re reading this, I need not explain further.
After five years of touring and learning the ropes of the music world, we’ve come to realize that a good publicist is one of the most valuable tools an artist can possess. We can play guitars, we can fix blown water pumps…hell, I can lift a 100-ton church off the ground with 6 bottle jacks and a small pile of half-rotten timbers…
But we still can’t get the attention of a lot of folks without one key player: the aforementioned publicist. And one worth their salt doesn’t come cheap. Nor should they; these folks work their asses off to help folks like us get that one mention that could change the course of our careers, our lives, music history…
“Home Is Where The Hurt Is” debuts Sept. 23rd of this year. How can you help spread the word? All you have to do is buy an advance copy. Yup, that’s it. And what’s better? You’ll actually get it before the damn thing is even available for purchase!!! How’s that for a bargain?! If you’re a collector of vinyl such as myself, we’re offering the limited edition (500) first-pressing w/ alternate cover and artwork on a first-come first-served basis via this campaign. Of course, we would more-than-appreciate any extra scratch you could throw in, but just the base-rate purchase is a help we can’t thank you for enough.
If we can sell enough advance copies of the new album, we can successfully publicize it’s release for the first three crucial months of it’s release. Why should that matter to you? More publicity means more fans means more album sales means JP Harris and The Tough Choices on the road more–in that town you’ve always wished we’d play; with that lively crowd you always wanted at our show–and maybe we won’t (necessarily) have to scrap salvage copper for new tires. Then our scrap money can buy more frivolous, lavish things… like windshield wipers and dental care. The further beyond our goal we go, the longer we can continue to spread the word. (Long-term publicist/artist relationships tend to be dramatically more successful!)
I can’t describe what it means to me and the rest of the Tough Choices to be lucky enough to play traditional American Music to an audience that can recognize its importance to our past, our communities, and to our future as a country forever struggling to find ways to hold on to what makes it so grand. Thank you, one and all, for believing in Country Music, whatever your persuasion. And as always, take care- JP