Jason Hawk Harris

Photo Credit – Daley Hake

I had the pleasure of seeing Jason Hawk Harris during SXSW at the legendary Continental Club. He had that awkward 8PM slot where you are day-drunk and trying to find the energy to forge ahead with the night’s activities. In the hours before his set, I had crashed my motorized scooter with minimal damage to my body and subsequently saw a transcendent set by Black Pumas that ended minutes before Harris hit the stage. It would have been easy to nurse a beer in the back, nurse my wounds and largely ignore his set.

But that proved impossible. As I mentioned prior, people whispered “reminds me of Isbell” on more than one occasion during his set. Since that set, I have been itching to hear his debut LP. Let me tell you, it delivers. During the recording of this album, Harris went through a number of tragic events including the death of his mother. It’d be easy to label this album as a typical Americana album that deals with a protagonist that’s down on his luck and how he/she either fights though it or succumbs. Much like Isbell’s albums, Love and the Dark isn’t like that. Simply put, the songs make you feel. I introduced a buddy to Songs That She Sings in the Shower by Isbell with the comment, “that one will make the knees buckle.” That’s what you get this album; an almost physical reaction to the music. I’ve heard Giving In no less than a dozen times and I still get the goosebumps (shout out to Rachel Baiman. Her guest vocals are magical). I’m Afarid, is rabble-rouser that deals with his Christian upbringing. It has some of the best lyrics you’ll hear this year.

Bloodshot has done it again. Harris is top-notch and will be a voice to reckon with in the Americana genre for years to come.

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Photo Credit – Daley Hake

“He kinda reminds me of a young Jason Isbell,” is something that more than one person said to me during his SXSW set at the Continental Club this past year. He is a worthy inclusion to the Bloodshot roster and if you consider yourself a fan of quality Americana, you should have August 23rd circled on your calendar. Here’s some info from the PR team.

Jason Hawk Harris hit rock bottom during the writing and recording of his debut full-length Love & the Dark. In the last few years, the Houston-born-and-raised, Los Angeles-based musician endured life-altering hardships—illness, death, familial strife, and addiction—yet from these trials, a luxuriant and confident vision of art country emerged.

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