Home Is Where The Hurt Is by JP Harris and the Tough Choices proves yet again that they own the next generation of honkytonk music. They can be tough as nails. They can commiserate with your latest heartbreak. They write the kind of country music that doesn't suffer fools and doesn't pretty up the ugly side of life. No one will put out honkytonk album without comparing it to what JP Harris is doing these days. They have that perfect balance of real-world grit, shuffling rhythm, and sing along lyrics that will make you like honkytonk music even if you're one of those people who would never, ever be caught dead in one.
I'm adding "Give A Little Lovin'," Old Love Letters," "Home Is Where The Hurt Is," "Every Little Piece," and "Young Women And Old Guitars" to rotation.
Preview Home Is Where The Heart Is by JP Harris and the Tough Choices on Amazon.
J.P. Harris is the featured guest on episode 221 of the Americana Music Show.
JP Harris and the Tough Choices
About JP Harris and the Tough Choices
JP Harris is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. His family moved to California and Nevada. And JP Harris left home at the age of 14. On foot. He traveled around hitchiking and camping out and hopping rides on freight trains. To support himself, he's worked, as a farm laborer, equipment operator, lumberjack, luthier, and carpenter. Sounds like the start of a good novel, but the one thing you can count on from JP Harris is that he doesn't romanticize or glorify the tough parts of life. He just tells it like it is and I like that about him.
JP Harris toured the country for two years playing his songs before he ever entered a recording studio. His first album, I'll Keep Calling, knocked my socks off. It won all kinds of awards ans accolades. This second album seems poised to clean up as well. It features the same line up that JP Harris tours with so the album sounds a lot like their live shows.
Both of his albums have been produced by Cow Island Music which has quickly earned a reputation for finding the gems in roots music.