“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.