Jason Hawk Harris
About Jason Hawk Harris
An Americana singer/songwriter with an ear for evocative lyrical details and a slight penchant for prog rock, Jason Hawk Harris made a vivid impression with his 2019 debut album, Love & the Dark. Inspired in part by his tumultuous personal life, the record showcased an artist whose music fell between the epic sweep or Sturgill Simpson with a Texas kick and the stark, grounded storytelling of Jason Isbell
Jason Hawk Harris is a native of Houston, Texas. He came from a musical family; his father played guitar, as did his uncle, who passed before Harris could meet him as a teen. Introduced to classic country music by his grandfather -- Elvis Presley proved to be the gateway -- Harris picked up the guitar in elementary school, played punk as a teen, and was drawn to the majestic pomp of Queen, which in turn led to a love of classical music.
After graduating high school, Harris headed out to Los Angeles to studio classical music at UCLA. While he was there, he began playing in a folky group called the Show Ponies. After the band broke up, he took off on his own. Harris' debut EP, Formaldehyde, Tobacco and Tulips, appeared in 2017. His personal life spiraled out of control after the release of his EP: As he battled with his own issues, he lost his mother to alcoholism and his father went bankrupt. Nevertheless, Harris made connections, including a friendship with Sarah Shook that helped point him toward Bloodshot; he signed with them in November 2018. Bloodshot released the singer/songwriter's full-length debut Love & the Dark, a record that drew from his personal struggles, on August 23, 2019. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine