FULL-LENGTH DEBUT ALBUM COMING IN 2019
Bloodshot Records is excited to announce the signing of Houston, TX-raised/Los Angeles-based artist Jason Hawk Harris. The singer/guitarist – formerly of The Show Ponies – self-describes his sound as "meta-apocalyptic country/Americana grief-grass," a tongue-in-cheek amalgam combining his background in music composition education and the influence of growing up listening to traditional country, folk, and rock singers.
Bloodshot first caught him at Folk Alliance in Kansas City in 2018, when he gave goosebumps to everyone within the dingy walls of a tiny hotel room with his evocative, powerful, and unrestrained live duo set. Later in the year, he opened up for our own Sarah Shook & the Disarmers on a run of tour dates, after which Sarah relayed her wholehearted approval.
Years before developing his own brand of confessional, cathartic country music, Harris chased a different muse as a classically-trained composer. He was rooted in the orchestral influence of modern classical music from the 20th and 21st centuries. He loved the theory behind the genre. He eventually enrolled in music school and graduated with a degree in composition, which he immediately began putting to use.
After writing thousands of measures of classical music, though, Harris found himself drawn back to the country, folk, and rock music that had soundtracked his early childhood. He'd grown up listening to classic crooners like Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Jim Croce, Patsy Cline, and Elvis. Harris's music draws a distinct bridge between his country and classical roots and reaches far beyond rootsy influence. There are complex chords, acrobatic arrangements, and unexpected intervals, results of a stirring and compelling musical culture clash.
While he prepares to release his Bloodshot debut album in 2019, here are two live videos to get you acquainted with Jason Hawk Harris: