“There hasn’t been a recording like Will the Circle Be Unbroken in a long time,” says J.P. Harris, whose booming, hippie-friendly honky-tonk owes more to the sounds of the Sixties and Seventies – from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Buck Owens – than the buffed bros of contemporary country.
On “Why Don’t We Duet In The Road,” Harris teams up with four hometown heroines on this month’s Why Don’t We Duet in the Road, a collection of old-school country duets. The EP was inspired by Will the Circle Be Unbroken‘s lengthy guest list, which found icons like Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson singing with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band back in 1972. Looking to tap into that collaborative spirit, Harris reached out to songwriters Nikki Lane, Leigh Nash, Kelsey Waldon, and Kristina Murray, who join him on four songs originally recorded by power couples like Johnny Cash and June Carter, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Harris calls the project “a pure, honest time capsule of what living in Nashville has been like for me.” –from Rolling Stone interview w/ Andrew Leahy READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE
Limited to an edition 500, this hand-numbered, double-7″, gatefold jacket, random-color, vinyl-only release is available only through the JP Harris online store and select live shows while supplies last. Available digitally everywhere Jan. 6th, 2016.
JP Harris is proud to announce the release of “Why Don’t We Duet In The Road,” the first in what is to be a series of vinyl-only duet recordings with some of Nashville’s finest musicians. This installment features classic country duets with Nikki Lane, Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None The Richer), Kristina Murray, and Kelsey Waldon. Originally a witty title for a one-off show JP put together in Nashville, “Why Don’t We Duet” sprang into an idea of capturing a moment in time; many folks have come and gone from Music City, and though all just small players on the long-standing stage of its country music industry, JP thought it prudent to leave something to remember this particular cast by.
Limited to 500, this hand-numbered, double-7″, gatefold jacket, random-color vinyl release is available for preorder through Dec. 30th. Tier one preorder includes the record, a poster sized print autographed by JP and all four ladies, and free US shipping. Tier two preorder includes the same in addition to your choice of a preorder-exclusive “Why Don’t We Duet In The Road” tank or tee, made to order and available only with this campaign. When they’re gone, they’re gone!
After several well-recieved mini tours stateside over the last three years, the neo-traditional duet act of JP Harris and Chance McCoy have announced their first-ever European tour, coming to Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway Feb-Mar of 2017!!!
JP Harris and Chance McCoy met under circumstances slightly different than many of Nashville’s duos: a week- long, muddy, moonshine-fueled fiddler’s convention, set high in the West Virginia mountains many summers ago. Over the last ten-some-odd years they continued to meet at random, drinking corn liquor and losing time in the drone of the old fiddle-and-banjo tunes of the 19th century they both love.
In time, JP formed his notorious honky tonk band JP Harris and The Tough Choices, while Chance went on to join the Grammy clad, platinum-selling band Old Crow Medicine Show.
With their careers landing them both in Nashville, it was time at last for the pair to find an outlet for the old time music that had initially brought them together; however this time it is with a road-wizened ear, a new eclectic mix of folk, rock and country, and few more miles on their already- calloused fingers.
October will see the engines of JP’s touring machine fire for the last few times of 2016…
October 21st and 22nd, JP and crew take over The Whitehorse in Austin, TX for two nights, bringing special guest member/singer Kristina Murray along for the ride. JP Harris takes the stage at 10:00PM both nights; no advance tickets, first-come first-served so show up early before it hits capacity!
Oct 28th, JP returns for his fifth performance at the unparalleled Blackpot Music Festival and Cookoff in Lafayette, LA! If you’re looking for good music, good food, and the best dance floor scene west of the Atchafalaya Basin, get yourself down to the heart of Acadiana…
Just home from three weeks in Europe, JP lands back in Nashville to present two very special events for AmericanaFest 2016!
In the interest of further promoting and preserving roots music, he has teamed with the Nashville Scene, Valcour Records, and the City Of Lafayette to present “The Acadiana Revue” at The Crying Wolf on Thurs. Sept. 22nd, feat. Joel Savoy, The Revelers, and Courtney Granger, all hailing from the culturally-rich swamps of South Louisiana’s Cajun country. (This event is free to the public, 21+) To ease everyone out of the bustling week, JP teams again with Wildwood Revival to present the 3rd Annual “Sunday Morning Coming Down” at Fond Object Records. The lineup includes JP, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ariel Bui, Tim Easton, Blackfoot Gypsies, and Cale Tyson, along with many surprise guests. Free to the public and all ages, this event is intended to provide another view of the familial nature of Nashville music community. Come for the local craft vendors, cool libations, and of course JP’s famous gumbo. Noon ’til 8:00PM.
Shortly thereafter the boys will load up for a two-night stand at The Whitehorse (JP’s home away from home) in Austin, TX, Oct 21-22. The following weekend they return to the unparalleled Blackpot Festival and Cookoff in Lafayette, LA, for their fifth performance over the last seven years. There is no better way to experience Cajun food, music, and dance…with a little honky tonk thrown in…