Jo Harman & Company
Emerging blues singer whose album 'Dirt On My Tongue' is receiving rave reviews. Blues fans come and see a rising star.
JO HARMAN is a British singer-songwriter whose work takes inspiration from blues, soul, roots and gospel and more. Last month Jo was described in the Daily Mirror as part of a half page interview, as being on course to be ‘the finest female soul blues singer in the UK’. Jo’s debut album, ‘Dirt On My Tongue’, continues to receive consistent international acclaim and is featured on a number of ‘best of 2013 ‘ lists (far too many to mention here) both in the blues/roots world and beyond. The record is signed to V2 (Adele, Mumford and Sons, Queens of the Stone Age etc) in Europe where it entered the Netherlands album charts proper. In the UK the album is now being championed by Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals) on his BBC Radio 2 programme as a ‘must get’ album; Huey’s words on air ‘sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless…I am’.
Having secured over 40 UK and European festival gigs in 2013, including prestigious slots at the likes of Cheltenham and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals, last summer Jo was one of only 12 (otherwise household name) artists appearing at Parkpop in the Hague, performing to over 300,000 people. Recently she performed, alongside names like Robert Plant, Van Morrison and more at BluesFest at The Royal Albert Hall in London for Live Nation (Jo’s performance broadcast by Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music). Jo has appeared on prime-time Netherlands TV and mainstream radio (see video below), as well as making three appearances within 6 months at the world famous Paradiso, Amsterdam. International bookings for 2014 only serve to further enhance Jo’s reputation as an important emerging artist.
A new, limited edition, live album ‘Jo Harman and Company Live at The Royal Albert Hall’ will be released this summer as a companion to the ongoing international promotion of her debut record, ‘Dirt On My Tongue’.
“Brilliant…get it!’ Mail On Sunday
“A must hear album” Jazz FM
“On course to be the finest female soul and blues vocalist in the UK” Daily Mirror
Stunning…our tip for 2013. Harman’s music mainlines the human soul’ The Blues Magazine (9 out of 10)
“A landmark album” (9 stars) Country Music Magazine
“A veritable superstar on the British blues and roots scene, she really is that good….the voice is a glorious instrument, immensely expressive and with a tone that can send shivers down the spine…this is an astounding record, timeless, rich and powerful …it’s this disc that truly says that she is a star of our time.’” Tone Monkey
‘What a voice!’ – Classic Rock
Plans are advancing well for a new live Jo Harman album, recorded ‘as is’ by the BBC at the Royal Albert Hall, to be released before the end of May.
Track listings will be ‘Through The Night’, ‘Cold Heart’, ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’, ‘Amnesty’, ‘Underneath The River’, ‘Sweet Man Moses’ ‘Sideways’ and ‘Better Woman’.The album will be available as a limited edition in both physical CD (£10) and vinyl (£18) format and pre-order demand (via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org) has already been substantial. There are no immediate plans for digital release.
The album is a companion release to Jo’s internationally acclaimed debut album ‘Dirt On My Tongue’ which, amongst very many awards and accolades, was named ‘international blues album of the year’ by Proper Music Distributors and is one of Europes best selling records in the genre, having already made the Netherlands mainstream album charts and more.
Jo and her world class band continue to tour extensively at festivals, theatres and respected venues across the UK and parts of Europe and are now booking for 2015 and beyond. Touring schedule can be found at www.joharman.com/live-dates with many more dates yet to be announced.
You don’t have to have a back story that reads like a Guy Richie script, but sometimes it helps.
Knife murders, heroin deaths, lead poisoning, world champion boxers, alcohol abuse, prison stories and more feature in Devenport’s life, and therefore his songs… and, more relevant still perhaps, his voice.
This is a beautiful natural instrument, developed and strengthened by true life experiences, which, in many ways, make Devenport the most authentic of authentic British Blues singers.
Signed to a major label as a kid, and enjoying a career working with some of the most respected names in the business including the likes of Yellow Jackets, Guy Chambers, Leon Ware (the guy behind Marvin’s ‘I Want You’ album) and more, Devenport returns after a 20 year self imposed hiatus from the business.
“Devenport is without doubt one of the most soulful breakthrough acts of 2014. Not formulaic, pre-packaged soul, but the blood, thunder and tears kind, born from real experience that draws the listener in and keeps them there.” Jason Elliott, Soul and Blues Radio Show
“Live at Blues on The Farm – with his laid back charm and rootsy Americana style as his vocals and guitar combined to make you want to listen I loved the track Elouise”. Bluesdoodles
“His guitar playing takes second place to the soulful emotional vocals that delivers a song, so that it appears that Tony Devenport is singing just to you”. Bluesdoodles