JP Harris & The Tough Choices tours Europe starting next week24-08-2016
We've never taken a look at JP Harris' tour luggage, but we're certain his bags include zero razors and an astounding amount of old-school honky tonk CDs. The rough-and-tumble, blue-collar foil to the pomaded pretty boys who play a similar style of throwback country music in Nashville's Lower Broadway bars, Harris will spend the next few weeks zigzagging across Europe, racking up another few thousand kilometers on the road that goes on forever.
On his last European run he had the sweat dripping from the ceiling of the upstairs room of Paradiso when playing the aftershow to The Hackensaw Boys and The Devil Makes Three in June. So good thing to start off this next tour in Amsterdam again. This time at the Sugarfactory. But more dates including shows in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany and Swiss are line-up for JP & The Tough Choices:
31-08-2016: Amsterdam (NL) @ Sugar Factory
01-09-2016: Randers (DK) @ Memphis Mansion
03-09-2016: Tuna (SWE) @ Tuna Bygdegård
04-09-2016: Oslo (NO) @ Pokalen
07-09-2016: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe
08-09-2016: Norderstedt (DE) @ Music Star
09-09-2016: Drachten (NL) @ Iduna
10-09-2016: Groningen (NL) @ Take Root
13-09-2016: Bern (CH) @ Les Amis
14-09-2016: Geneve (CH) @ Le Bateau
15-09-2016: Luzern (CH) @ Konzerthaus Schüür
16-09-2016: Liesberg (CH) @ Little Nashville
17-09-2016: Selm (DE) @ Lumberjacks
18-09-2016: Venlo (NL) @ Boogie Brew & Barbecue
18-09-2016: Utrecht (NL) @ De Helling with Ben Miller Band
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 pre-fixes 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 Valentine's Day in Montgomery AL in 1983, JP's 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, and 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 it's completion, he made the move to Nashville.