Friday, June 1, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
I just said to myself how wild it was I hadn't spoken an inter-web word in damn near 6 months. Blow me down, Popeye. That is lousy, neglectful artistry. My friend Rebecca's door has hoisted a very simple, yet fabulous quote that says it all: "Painter, Paint."-Salvador Dali.
Well, Josh...Writer! Write!
I'd like to point out that even though the blogging has not been at high velocity, the past 6 months for The Harvest City and I have been busy and full of deep, creative breathing. Currently we are piecing together tunes for our next record that we begin recording in Feb. It will be on vinyl record. Why? Why not!! We prefer that method of listening and think you should also :)
--Highlights of the Year-- (In no particular order)
*Releasing A Good One is Hard to Find @ The Historical, remarkably beautiful and never forgotten(and now closed) Southgate House.
*Being nominated for 3 CEA Awards and winning for Best Singer/Songwriter
*Being a part of The Whispering Beard Festival/Family
*Performing Midpoint Music Fest
*Opening for one of the finest songwriters around, Mr. Robert Earl Keen
*Touring midwestern towns as much as humanly possible (meeting the warmest folks in excistence)
*Loving our craft and each other throughout it all!
We are putting video(s) for our songs together while we record the record. Look out for ideas that drop out of many sleeves.
Be well and Be TOTAL,
Saturday, June 11, 2011
It has been months since I have typed anything in this blog! Shame on me...
JEHC has finished their 2nd full-length record :) What's it about? What does it sound like?
Not to be vague or anything, but it's about stuff. Yup, that's right a whole pile of stuff turned into sounds that go "BAM!" or "LALALA...POW!" 11 songs that we thought would get us a good start on conquering the world. AKA playing this part full time. We went warmer on this one. We dug deeper than we ever thought we could have and hope that ya enjoy the tunes as much as we did creating them.
What's it called? I am so glad you asked because...
A good name for an album is hard to find. How does one go about really identifying the sum of emotion and feel for a recording! It can be challenging with many push and pulls plenty of ins and outs.However, it was not for us! We knew what we wanted to call it months ago when we began recording at the All nighter, and we solidified it on the road in March.
A good anything is hard to find: a car, a friend, apartment, fishing lake, person who understands or listens, a good home.
Album number 2 = A Good One is Hard to Find
***To be released at the Southgate House (non-smoking Ballroom show) on July 30th..
TICKETS ON SALE @ SHAKE IT RECORDS:::
***Portions of the proceeds will go to Play It Forward, a local non-profit that is working towards health insurance for hard working musicians!
***Whispering Beard Fest is happening August 26-28
with headliners Hayes Carll and Todd Snyder, two of our favorite songwriters.
Seriously, this is not to be missed. For a complete line-up go to:
***CINCY's own MIDPOINT MUSIC FESTIVAL is a September treat. We will be there.
FACT: There is no cool holiday in September except Midpoint.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
IN VEGAS VISITING GRANDFATHER
Las Vegas is difficult: Difficult to live, to stay sober, to maintain a cancer free body, to feel like a real cowboy, to breathe like a Yogi, to get around, to avoid Spanish speaking call-girl pushers, to eat well, and on and on and on. I now know - much more than ever - what Gram Parsons was singing during his lighted slurred, sedated tune, "Oh Las Vegas" ....Oh Las Vegas/ain't no place for a poor boy like me/Every time I hit your crystal city/ I know you're gonna make a mess outta me." Now I am getting a head of myself because the outskirt of tinsel town USA are budding with delights: Hoover Damn (new bridge!), Red Rock Canyon, Mico Brewers, the desert of Nevada is filled with pleasantries... NO gambling(!)
Cincinnati heart throb/brilliant songwriter Dusty Bryant is releasing his full-length record, "Wasted Midwestern Town Blues", this coming Saturday (1-15) at Mayday in Northside. It is The Harvest City's pleasure to open up the show for him. Watch out for some of Dusty's tunes, they are right to the gut, good.
*Recording our 2nd Album (out in spring)
*Playing Acarya's CD Release at Northside Tavern Jan 21st
*Cbus and Dayton and Kent Shows
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
The weather is calming down. Don't you love those night where you need a campfire to keep warm. The calmness then the crackling, the work for your warmth and then the wood in turn working for you...you have fulfilled the lumber's destiny in a way. The aroma of your hooded sweatshirt the next day: smokey (of course), rustic and damn near countrified! All of this is an unspoken conversation with nature. Autumn is a brilliant fucking season.
Thank you to those who came out to the shows this past weekend. Friday night at The Northside Tavern 'twas very special to us as we were bless to play with two of our favorite local acts. Scotty Anderson & The Lucky Stars and The Hiders...know that we hold you in great reverence and are proud to be devoted fans/musical comrades.
In other news we are booking a spring tour as of now to visit new southern spots as well as hit up some previous friendly, hospitable rangers and slingers . If you know of some great townie bars and pubs to play in, please let us know. They are always the gems!
Monday, July 26, 2010
The car stinks. It’s awesome. Jeremy and Colin I think have now become full time smokers. The air conditioning shot out 2 days back and we have developed a sincere fetish for the Bojangle’s Chicken & Biscuit Company. Strangest thing about this is we haven’t even tasted this highly regarded food chain’s chicken or biscuits. I am unsure if we as a collective even know a sole being that has, but they are everywhere in the great state of North Carolina! I wonder if the Shoney’s of Kentucky and the Bojangle’s of NC have family BBQ’s on Sunday to celebrate their state’s devotion towards food that doesn’t make consumers last for long.
Charlotte -like our beautiful river town- is called “the queen city”. Cincy skyline kicks its ass. We stay with my old friend J.R. who, lucky for us, has his fiancé out of town (I love you Sara and it would have been great to see you, but us five grizzly men would have startled you) so it is nice to not worry. Arriving at the Common Market is standard: butterflies in stomach, exuberance, anxious. New things are always exciting and this sandwich shop/bar/ convenience store is a rare bird that deserves the local love it receives. We begin to load in and are greeted by the booking agent known to man. Sara is small and cute and helpful tattooed and…is a fire dancer. How bad-to-the-bone is that! She is excited to see us and points us to the outdoor where we will be playing. The stage is made for midgets but we pull off the set up and grasp our handles and mouths towards our PBR tall boys. Mingling in this spot is easy and fancy-free. It is still early and the twinkle in people’s eyes showing the eagerness to get to fun that is to be had on this Saturday evening/night. Have I mentioned the weather? Hot! The hottest day so far this year in Charlotte!
Collin hands out buttons and really does a great job each and every moment he has been with us. So thankful we befriended this cat.
The Harvest City goes on at 9 and we open up with “Silver Locket”. A song that has tick tocked around the clock with many different meanings throughout it’s lifetime and at this point in time it feels good not to over analyze things. Just feel. Don’t think and just feel. A line in the song I have always had so personal: “I will ring the bell from the highest red rock / if you’ll ever catch me when I’m standing”. By the end of the tune I look at the other three guys and the crowed that is smiling and still curious and staring and clapping. “I’m no longer falling on my ass all the time...” I think afterwards. “Only standing taller.” Music can save a life, ya know.
What a show. What a neat town. We are ever grateful.