Songs from the intimate setting of the DeBarra’s Sitting Room.
W/ host Gavin Moore & special guests: John Statz (us) & Harry Harris
John Statz recorded his new album with an all-star band in the middle of a Vermont
ice storm.“We had to keep the stove burning the whole day, and then the electricity went out for ten
minutes,” concedes Statz. “Luckily, we were just rehearsing.” John Statz will release Tulsa on
March 10, 2015.
After years of DIY touring everywhere from Eastern Europe to Mexico, the Wisconsinite who now resides
in Colorado fell in with fellow Midwesterner Jeffrey Foucault, a critically acclaimed songwriter and veteran
of the americana circuit. A fan of Statz’s last album (2012’s Old Fashioned, produced by Bo Ramsey),
Foucault offered to produce his next record while the two were on tour together in Colorado.
The resulting Tulsa is beautiful blend of soft americana and smooth folk with echoes of The Jayhawks and
Whiskeytown. “John writes songs you can’t shake,” says Foucault. “They follow you around all day and run
through your head at 3 a.m. Open hearted, horizon-line songs.”
“Jeff kicked my ass. He pushed me to crank out well-written songs,” continues Statz. “He’s such a great
songwriter himself and I felt like I had to step up my game. And then there is the absolutely amazing band…”
The band John speaks of features Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Mark Spencer (Son Volt) on electric
guitars and pedal steel, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, Jeffrey Foucault on guitars and vocals,
Caitlin Canty singing harmonies and Matt Lorenz on fiddle.
“Tulsa feels like how I was always supposed to make a record. Hunkered down for three days, living and eating
with the band, tracking live, all during the raging ‘Polar Vortex’.”
Since signing to Wild Sound Recordings in 2013, Harry Harris has been making a reputation for himself as one of the UK’s most formidable and unique singer-songwriters on the circuit. A ruthless guitar player with a voice that goes from explosive to intimate.He writes songs that grab you by the scruff of the neck and refuse to let you go. His influences range from the great American songwriter Warren Zevon to the bar rock vibe of The Hold Steady, to the Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart.Songs About Other People is Harry’s second album, and the follow-up to his self-titled debut, recorded when he was only 17 years old and produced by his now label boss, Polly Paulusma. The new album is a more intimate affair, recorded with analogue equipment at Soup Studios in London and featuring some weighty and noteable guests, including sibling folk singer Jack Harris, Treetop Flyers’ guitarist Sam Beer and Nizlopi bass player John Parker.Across the record’s ten self-penned tracks, Harry takes you from the heroic goal-scoring talents of Ronnie Radford who, having knocked Newcastle United out of the FA Cup, calmly went back to his roofing job the next day…….to the love affairs of Hans Christian Anderson — via the cowboy friends of John Wesley Harding — Harry delights in telling us his stories — and interprets them warmly, and quite strongly — always invitingly. Like any good storyteller, Harry is someone that you will want to sit down and listen to.In the past Harry has been championed by the likes of Tom Robinson, The Telegraph and fellow songwriters including Eric Taylor, Anais Mitchell and John Smith. 2014 also saw him hit the festival circuit for the first time, which included a memorable unplugged set to an enraptured crowd at the beautiful Festival No. 6 in North Wales.