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JP Harris & The Tough Choices with Hayley Thompson-King
Atwood's Tavern
Cambridge, MA
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JP Harris & The Tough Choices with Hayley Thompson-King
In short, J.P. Harris plays Country Music. Not Americana, not Roots, Folk, or any other number of monikers used to describe a slew of spin-off genres; he plays from the foundation of these styles, the music that has influenced four generations of songwriters. In a world where prefixes have been added to the term Country, JP simply sticks to the old-fashioned sounds that have called to him. Referencing influences would be like describing each stitch in a quilt; every scrap of fabric tells a story of how the weathered and comfortable blanket came to be

Born six minutes before Valentines Day in Montgomery AL in 1983, JPs life was to be full of color, travel, hardship, and grace from the day he first saw the world. After more than six generations in Alabama, his family would leave seeking work, first to California and then on to Nevada. He left home on foot at the age of 14, traveling via thumb and freight train, living the next 4 years mostly from a backpack, tarp, a bedroll. Eventually landing in the northeast, he worked as a farm laborer, equipment operator, lumberjack, luthier, and carpenter.

In the summer of 2011, after two years of touring without much in the way of recorded music, Harris made a trip to the sweltering heat of south Louisiana. In an old Cajun cook shack he and a few pals pounded out an album in three days, and shortly after its completion, he made the move to Nashville. JP released his all-original debut Ill Keep Calling in May of 2012 on Cow Island Music. Shortly after its release, without the aide of publicists or a large labels bankroll, it won Best Country Album of 2012 from The Nashville Scene, the same honor at the Independent Music Awards, a cameo on NPRs American Routes, and as JP says a whole mess of other stuff in the papers and on the internet.

In 2014  Home Is Where The Hurt Is (produced by Harris, guitarist Adam Meisterhans, and engineer Justin Francis) was recorded and mixed at Ronnies Place (formerly the personal studio of Ronnie Milsap) at home in Nashville. It features not your typical Music Row studio musicians, but young local players, many of whom have spent thousands of miles on the road in JPs backing band The Tough Choices. Rolling Stone named JP Harris one of fall 2014s Country Tours Not To Miss, as well as one of 21 Must-See Country Acts at SXSW 2015.

JPs third full-length album Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing is coming October 5, 2018 on Free Dirt! After a four-year hiatus, Harris is back with a bang to tell the stories of his stranger-than-fiction life. Dripping with pedal steel and telecaster twang, the record has the rugged edges of outlaw, the danceability of honky tonk, and classic countrys beloved emotional candor.

Hayley Thompson-King will open the show. She cryptically refers to her debut solo album, Psychotic Melancholia, as a Sodom and Gomorrah concept album influenced by her childhood obsession with the so-called wicked women in the bible. As metal as that sounds, these are in fact the basic ingredients for a rich and complex psych-tinged garage-country record.


21+ / POS. I.D. REQ


Atwood's Tavern (View)
877 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
United States


Music > Country
Music > Rock

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Atwood's Tavern
On BPT Since: Dec 21, 2011
Atwood's Tavern

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