Genre: Americana / Folk / Indie
Location North Bay, California, Un
Profile Views: 38247
Last Login: 3/22/2011
Member Since 1/16/2006
Record Label Omega Records
Type of Label Indie
BioAlison Harris lives on the edge of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, a wild space between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, California. The leaves are turning and the vineyards glow with red and orange. The owls are singing their night song, the sassy mocking birds have quieted with the approach of winter chill. Alison's music embodies this lush unique environment. The coastal winds, creeks, and redwood trees of this small Sebastopol Valley, where she also grew up, can be heard in every note she plays and sings. She is the daughter of an elementary school music teacher and the granddaughter of an eccentric Big Band composer. She is classically trained, beginning violin lessons with her father at the age of five, and piano at nine. She was nurtured from a young age with studies of Beethoven, and Bach, while simultaneously being exposed to blues piano, and artists like Ray Charles, Johnny Otis, Patsy Cline and Ella Fitzgerald. She began writing her own compositions when she was thirteen and went on to complete her degree in music from Sonoma State University. She picked up the guitar in her early twenties. In 2000 and 2001 Alison toured with international reggae act Groundation. She has shared the stage with Pato Banton and Gregory Isaacs, and has recorded in studios like Skywalker Sound with various artists including Marcia Higgs, Groundation, and The Trailer Park Rangers. Alison's songs have been heavily influenced by contemporary female singer-songwriters such as Lucinda Williams, Emmy Lou Harris and Gillian Welch. Her music explores the strength and fragility of the heart. In 2007 she signed with Omega Records. “Smoke Rings in the Sky” was recorded in the Spring of 2008 at Different Fur Studios (Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, David Byrne) in San Francisco. The album was produced by Chris Chu and Patrick Brown (Tegan and Sara, Gomez, Black Lips, Violent Femmes, Kate Walsh, Rodrigo y Gabriella). Distribution and marketing are being handled by RedeyeUSA (Polyphonic Spree, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Mars Volta, Public Enemy, Jamie Lidell). HERE’S WHAT THE PRESS HAS BEEN SAYING ABOUT ALISON HARRIS: Rhapsody : “Harris’ cozy alto, and the occasional piano goes down like a Lime Rickey: refreshing and sweet, with just a little kick. Drink it up.” ABC Radio : “Alison Harris is a fresh sweet sound that evokes memories of the legendary Kate Wolf.” SF Magazine : “Alison Harris sounds like a country songbird perched on Bonnie Raitt's shoulder. She sings about loneliness and longing with a grace and beauty that almost makes those things desirable.” KALX Radio : “An original voice and talent as pure as a crisp mountain morning. Alison Harris is a true American muse, not since the days of Joan Baez have we heard such a sincere and playful love of melody” Liberation Media : “In a desert of so many overhyped undertalented Myspace fueled ultra-buzz performers and their singles...eh hum, I mean albums, ‘Smoke Rings in the Sky’ is an oasis of honesty and depth.” Hatcher Pass Records : “Alison has a purity to her voice similar to a Karin Bergquist or Joni Mitchell – while retaining her own uniqueness; her music is gentle and perfect for a morning in the mountains.” .. ....Made with the MyTheme ..myspace editor......
MembersThe beautiful folks I have collaborated and Played with are Mark Benanti, Sunil Sharma, Matt Hopper, Kenny Susan, Laurel Grinnell, Henry Nagle, Noam Lemish, Miles Wick, Alex Aspinal, The Morning Benders, Winter's Fall and Layla Musselwhite.
InfluencesBonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Jolie Holland, Joni Mitchell, oh yes, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Jesca Hoop, Jose Gonzalez, Troubadors and Trouveres, Kim Taylor, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch. Soul Music. Dancing. Fats Waller. The Roots. Common. Jill Scott. Brett Dennen. People I break my heart against. Dreams and Dreamlets. Leprechauns. Victor Harris. Chow Nasty. Sax Fifth Avenue. Mad Bugs. Owls. Crows. Virgos. People. Beauty. Aesthetics. Family. Balkan Music. Wild Deals. Ding Dong Daddies from Zumas.
Sounds LikeJoni Mitchell, Gillian Welch, Leonard Cohen, Bonnie Raitt, deep underwater ocean, thousand birds, sirens, islands, hurricanes or their eyes, your heart breaking, revelation, sin and salvation
5 Songs | Sep 21, 2008