May dates, “The Highway Roulette Tour” w/ Joe Fletcher, and more…

As the winter loses is frigid grip, the wheels begin to turn again…The Tough Choices hit the road for points west and south May 2, hitting AR, OK, TX, and MS before returning home briefly before their first trip to the upper midwest. Once May wraps up, JP hits the road for something a little different…”The Highway Roulette Tour” with Providence, RI’s acclaimed Joe Fletcher (as seen supporting Brown Bird, The Low Anthem, Lucero, and featured repeatedly at the famed Newport Folk Festival… is a very slight digression from what most have seen over the last 3 or 4 years. Bringing a skeleton-crew band, Harris reaches slightly out of his box to include new, unrecorded material, covers by Towns and Blaze Foley to name a few, and digs into his past to bring his weathered fretless banjo to the stage…unearthing haunting murder tales from the 18th and 19th century, ballads few have seen JP perform in over 5 years. Expect to also see Joe and JP collaborate on this rare pairing of two rising songwriters, a string of shows you should be sure not to miss.

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“I’ll Keep Calling” wins “Writer’s Choice: Best Country Album of 2012″…

Great news from the frontlines of the war on god-awful country music: This week The Nashville Scene released it’s yearly “Best of Nashville” issue, and J.P. Harris’ “I’ll Keep Calling” tied with the legendary Chuck Mead’s most recent record for the win! Wonderful news for J.P., and even better news for the world of country music at-large; Nashville is a changing city, and a lot of folks here still believe in the old way of doing things, apparently…
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“…and I’ll drive through Hell to get there…”

Another day passes, another seedy motel fades in our memory, and J.P. Harris and The Tough Choices plow the pavement again. Having a short respite at the tail-end of May, J.P. and the boys headed out again May 28th, pushing their way down to Texas, and blowing the doors off the Austin Honky Tonks for a week…touring doesn’t relent again until early August, with only a few days in Nashville to change the oil, change their shirts, and wave goodbye again. Continue reading

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