On the eve of his special Newport Folk Festival program “Outside Folk,” we’re thrilled to announce JP’s third full-length album’Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing’ coming October 5 on Free Dirt! After a four-year hiatus, Harris is back with a bang to tell the stories of his stranger-than-fiction life. Dripping with pedal steel and telecaster twang, the record has the rugged edges of outlaw, the danceability of honky tonk, and classic country’s beloved emotional candor. PRE-ORDER via “BUY” page. Harris will tour the US, EU and UK this Summer/Fall.
After many years away from the traditional Appalachian music community that reared him, JP Harris has dusted off his banjos (and memory) and is unveiling his long-dead solo banjo show “JP Harris’ Dreadful Wind & Rain” April 2nd, at The Basement in Nashville, TN. He is joined by local old time fiddle staple Casy Meikle (with full band) and West Virginia’s finest songwriter John R. Miller.
JP’s taste in banjo tunes goes far beyond the clichés commonly espoused when the instrument is mentioned; he exclusively plays fretless, open-back, old time banjos, influenced primarily by a nearly-extinct regional style from the border of North Carolina and Virginia known as “Round Peak” clawhammer banjo. Digging deep into the ballads he learned either in the woods, from a worn-out mix tape, or from the tattered pages of an old songbook, he brings an eerie sensibility, unique tunings, and his own haunting melodic variations to songs older than America itself.
Americana music & lifestyle magazine The Bluegrass Situation has been kind enough to feature JP Harris as August’s Artist Of The Month! The two-part feature boasts not only a lengthy interview with JP on music, his past, and his plans for the future, but also a photographic inside look at what he’s known for doing in his time off the road: “The Custom Carpentry Of JP Harris,” all shot by local music photographer Laura Partain. See an inside look at the interior renovations at friends John McCauley (frontman of Deer Tick) and wife Vanessa Carlton’s home in East Nashville, as well as the Airstream trailer remodel-in-progress with friend Chance McCoy of Old Crow Medicine Show. Read the full interview HERE.
With the southeast and northeast just barely out of the rearview, the boys are gearing up for one last midwestern run before touring becomes limited to select appearances and special events through the rest of 2015! A few highlights of the next few months include Muddy Roots Music Festival in Cookeville TN on Sept 5th, a rare local-powerhouse show with fellow Nashvillian and country cohort Margo Price and The Defibulators (of NYC) on August 27th, and a cameo as emcee (and special Sunday Gospel Brunch set) at this year’s Wildwood Revival in Arnoldsville GA…just to name a few.
We are also proud to announce the very exciting collaboration between JP Harris, Wildwood Revival, and the Americana Music Association to bring you the 1st Annual “Sunday Morning Coming Down” party on Sun. Sept 20th! After the great success of JP’s gumbo-and-CD-release party last year on Sunday of the AMA conference weekend, it seemed only natural to throw another shindig to ease out of the busy conference weekend.
Nashville has quickly become the focus of the independent Americana music world, overflowing with talent and collaboration in every vein. But often the tangible, “family” aspect of our music and art scene is only glimpsed through magazines and online media; a music scene that has been built by the very personal network of support and inspiration that has attracted so many to Music City.
Sunday Morning Coming Down is intended to provide an inside view of the inter-connectedness of Nashville’s music, food, and craft makers community, all while our beautiful city is bulging with AMA attendees looking to taste “the real Nashville.” Set at East Nashville’s Fond Object record store and vintage shop, (a focal point of the local music and art scene which JP also helped build), this is an all-ages, free event not-to-be-missed. There will be craft beer, small-batch liquors, food and craft makers, as well as JP’s legendary gumbo, all set to the sounds of the best nationally-touring musicians Nashville has to offer. See sets by JP Harris, Luke Bell
, Shelly Colvin
, Andrew Combs
, and more TBA.
We’re pleased to report the European tour dates have been a wild success! More dates in Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Scotland, and Ireland to come in the next few weeks…western U.S. dates going up now including Utah, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, and Texas in June.
We are also very happy to announce we will be performing at Wildwood Revival’s Newport Folk Festival Showcase on Friday, July 24th alongside Joe Fletcher, Margo Price, John Moreland, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Daniel Romano, and Ian Fitzgerald. Stay tuned for south/east/northern dates in July and August.
Stay tuned for more news soon!