JP Harris (from the album Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing available on Free Dirt Records)
Making music takes up a lot more room on Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing than the wishes of JP Harris. On his recent release, desires are simple, JP Harris sharing that ‘I’m just hoping that me coming to the table without gimmicks or cool-looking clothes or boot cut jeans, just the dirt bag guy I am with a tank top and a pair of boots on, is enough to just get people into the music’. When the man that JP Harris describes musically comes to visit, he brings a look as well as an audio all-you-can-eat buffet of songs handgrown in honky tonks. The rhythms take turns asking to dance on Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing, slowing finding their footing as JP Harris slides through sawdust with tentative steps in the memories of “Miss Jeanne-Marie”, shakes out train-track rhythms on acoustic strings for “Jimmy’s Dead and Gone”, and finds answers as the title track investigates questionable choices.
Born in Montgomery, Alabama 1983, JP Harris left town soon after he graduated eighth grade, boarding a Greyhound bus in the middle of the night. Working as a farmhand, shepherd and woodsman, JP Harris landed in Tennessee, still working as an in-demand carpenter as be builds a career with music. Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing was guided by JP and producer Morgan Jahnig (Old Crow Medicine Show), recording six musicians with each playing at least two instruments. The songs had no rehearsal, no pre-production, the players given the tracks and instructions to ‘take the next five days to think about these. Please write notes of whatever ideas come to mind. Please don’t talk to each other about it. Let’s all just get in the studio on day one and compare notes as we go’. Classic Country crooning smooths out a tangle of bad decisions as “Long Ways Back” looks down its dead-end road while Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing points south for JP Harris and the boys in the band share souvenirs of adventurous living in “JP’s Florida Blues #1” as the album swings an alcohol pendulum between solo nights out (“I Only Drink Alone”) and day-after observations (“When I Quit Drinking”). Dreams take wrong turns when JP Harris tells the tale of the “Lady in the Spotlight” while he lets experience be the story that fuels “Hard Road” as the track hits the highway and rips up the blacktop.
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