February is a busy month for JP Harris, starting with a rare full-band Nashville show at the newly-reopened 12th & Porter, sharing the bill with The Howlin’ Brothers and the legendary Chuck Mead! On Saturday, Feb. 13th JP will be at The Whitehorse in Austin TX in preparation for the 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Awards, sharing the bill with fellow Ameripolitan nominees Cale Tyson and Brennen Leigh.
At the end of the month, JP and the boys make a few special stops in Asheville, NC (The Grey Eagle) and Charlottesville, VA (The Southern) on their way to the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival in Lancaster, PA. These shows are supported by pals and Bloodshot Records artists Banditos, who are currently touring supporting their debut release. JP will also be selling copies of his new 7″ (split with Dale Watson), one of six 7″ records released in the Bloodshot 21st anniversary compilation “Six Pack To Go,” available individually in special packaging only at live shows. JP’s side features his first-ever cover recording, Merle Haggard’s “Drink Up And Be Somebody.”
January will be a busy month for JP Harris at home in Nashville, but not in the ordinary sense. JP has assembled three unique residency nights at the new Basement East, each to be a rare gathering of musicians in their own right. From a night exclusively of duets with local female counterparts, to a slightly tongue-in-cheek night of what JP calls “Hippie Country’ (featuring special guest backing band FUTUREBIRDS), to the “Hog Guts And Hominy: Roots Of Country” show with a very special secret guest band, every one of these Tuesday happy hour shows is a don’t-miss affair.
In addition, JP will be returning to Music City Roots in Franklin, TN, this time to perform as the old time duet of JP Harris & Chance McCoy (of Old Crow Medicine Show). Hosted by Music City staple Jim Lauderdale, this special MCR is shared by The Americans, Della Mae, and The Secret Sisters in support of the new T. Bone Burnett-Jack White-Robert Redford TV documentary “American Epic.” ADVANCE TICKETS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
It is with great pleasure that we announce JP Harris’ nomination for the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards! Founded by Honky Tonk traditionalist Dale Watson as an alternative to the commercial country music awards that fail to recognize the large undercurrent of roots music, the awards will take place on February 16th at The Paramount Theater in Austin, TX. Voting opens on Nov. 26th so be sure to head over to www.ameripolitan.com to cast yours!
In a recent interview on the heels of his new country album “Cass County,” former Eagles singer-songwriter Don Henley gave a short list of current Country and Americana artists he views as thoughtful and authentic causes for optimism in the face of watered-down commercial music. Henley not only mentioned JP alongside such names as Jamey Johnson, Sturgil Simpson, and Jason Isbell, but also other up-and-comers, showing his musical knowledge reaches well below his suit. Read the full article HERE!
After three nearly-solid months on the road, around the US and the world, JP Harris and The Tough Choices are gearing up for one last big haul before touring becomes limited through the rest of 2015 and early 2016. Stops along the way include WDVX’s Tennessee Shines, Wildwood Revival’s Newport Folk Festival Showcase, Tweed River Music Festival, and many more dates in the south, east, and north.
We’re also proud to announce JP’s presence as Emcee at this year’s Wildwood Revival in Arnoldsville, GA. Wildwood is an intimate, thoughtfully curated boutique festival tailored towards a truly unique music and cultural experience for all, located just on the outskirts of Athens, Georgia on a historic 30-acre farm. Camping is offered in the picturesque, rolling countryside by teepee, tent or trailer. JP will also be a featured guest at The Bluegrass Situation’s Sunday Gospel Brunch at Wildwood.
For those of you who haven’t been able to catch a live show, all the JP Harris swag is (at long last) NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE through homegrown merchandising company Press Press Merch!
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