You might want to grab a drink and sit down for this one.
By night, Jason Hawk Harris plays in Los Angeles Americana/country band The Show Ponies. By day he writes his own songs and if the rest of his upcoming album falls anywhere close to this first track, “The Smoke And The Stars“, well he may have a decision to make.
“The Smoke And The Stars” is a stunning weary ballad akin to Jason Isbell and Ryan Bingham. It’s the kind of song that flat out refuses to be background music. It will pull you in, make you emotional and after 5 minutes and 22 seconds, you’ll play it again.
Mr. Harris calls his music: Meta-Apocalyptic Country/Americana Grief-grass. I wouldn’t expect less from a songwriter who cites the surrealistic, melancholic and fatalistic fiction of Haruki Murakami as an influence.
Looking forward to hearing more. I better stock up on my bourbon.
Photo by Daley Hake