LONE STAR is the follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed GOOD LUCK STRANGER (Top 10 CDs of 2000: Pop Culture Press, Delusions of Adequacy).
More evidence that it's what's lurking beneath the radar that's really important, Brady Harris - following the familiar career trajectory of starving busker (in London and Paris), accidental recordings, critical acclaim (not the least of which came at the NxNW conference in '99) impressive underground success ($5000 from MP3.com)
and still no major label deal - has just released his third album, recorded at home with the assistance of a $500 Shure microphone he won for his roots-grass version of Motorhead's 'Ace Of Spades'. Intrigued? Good, for mere words can never do him justice. Ignore, then, the fact that Harris' voice bears comparisons with John Lennon; ignore the fact that he creates a beguiling brand of alt. power country pop, something like Peter Bruntnell massaging Big Star; ignore the fact that Harris can take on Joe Pernice in his own back yard and win. Ignore these words, let your ears do the judging, and you're left wondering where this California-dwelling Texan has been hiding all your life.
-Michael Ornadet, LOGO-MAGAZINE (UK)
"One of the strongest roots-pop releases we've heard not only in 2003 but in the last few years."
-NOT LAME RECORDS (www.notlame.com
"The Texas-bred, Los Angeles-based Harris goes on a highly rewarding musical trip through Beatlesque pop-rock and singer-songwriter intimacy."
-Michael Berick, NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE
"Brady Harris' Lone Star is Brit Pop mixed with country-rock. You'll feel like you're in a London metro feeling suddenly retro. Great stuff."
-Tony Peyser, SANTA MONICA MIRROR
"Three years on since his critically acclaimed Good Luck Stranger, Brady Harris returns with Lone Star, a lush and layered third effort. Rich in its details, Harris' tunes range everywhere from '80s college radio somewhere between the dB's and The Church, to echoes of the Beatles filtered through lazy, twangy Americana. He capably assembles the sweetest of melodies alongside darker sentiments, making for honest, aching song craft. With a voice often likened to John Lennon on his early solo albums, this California dwelling Texas native seems to bring the best of both locales to his sound - twinkling pop, dark humor and engaging storytelling."
-MILES OF MUSIC (www.milesofmusic.com
"Another set of alt. country-pop from Harris, who is quietly writing and performing some of the best songs around these days. Think Ryan Adams, only a bit more faithful to whatever sound he's playing at the moment.
Harris writes songs that immediately affect me...He knows how to make a song bite immediately and how to reel in a listener slowly as well.
In my last review (Good Luck Stranger), I called his songs timeless. That description fits the pieces on this album as well. Harris shouldn't be unknown for much longer. Talent like his is all too rare."
-Jon Worley, AIDING & ABETTING
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"Former frontman for the Replacements-inspired Solid Goldsteins, Brady Harris' solo career has diverged from his previous work into a sound altogether more indicative of his Texas roots. Bearing considerable vocal resemblance to John Lennon, Harris crafts moody country-rock with a hard pop edge. Strongly melodic with a confident wit, he combines well-traveled themes with stoic romanticism. Having paid his dues as a starving artist, busking on the streets of Paris and London, Harris found himself in Los Angeles recording one album with his former bandmates before releasing his solo debut in 1997. That album, Next Door to Nowhere, received favorable reviews and was followed by considerable media attention at 1999's NXNW music conference. Good Luck Stranger (2000) was met with near unanimous critical approval and Harris went on to tour Europe in late 2000. He spent the next two years touring the states where he racked up numerous awards, including $5,000 from the Pontiac Vibe Car Commercial Contest, which helped him finance 2003's highly anticipated Lone Star."
--Matt Fink, ALL MUSIC GUIDE (www.allmusic.com
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Press for GOOD LUCK STRANGER:
"Roots-rock Americana with the vibrant, crackling pop of Revolver-era Beatles."
-George Zahora, SPLENDID
"GOOD LUCK STRANGER gets my highest recommendation."
-Ron Garmon, MEAN STREET MAGAZINE
"One of the finest albums I've heard this year...This music is timeless."
-Jon Worley, AIDING & ABETTING
"An impressively polished songwriter...Harris' substantial talents lift him well
above those with whom he will be categorized."
-Matt Fink, ALL MUSIC GUIDE