“I am writing and performing the stories of my life - some truth, some lies, but all real American music.”
Every once in a while a singer-songwriter comes along that moves people to action – not necessarily a message to politicians for peace in wartime but instead a holler to the wallflowers to grab a cold beer and cut the rug at the local honky-tonk, sometimes a call to an estranged lover to come home - Chad Harvey is a songwriter whose songs do all of these things and more.
Chad Harvey is a true American original born in Evansville, and raised in nearby Lynnville - that’s Southern Indiana to the uninformed, just down the highway from Indiana’s most famous musical export, John Mellencamp, an artist to whom Harvey is often compared. However, Chad Harvey is far from a knock-off, Harvey delivers his self-penned emotive country-rock songs with an inimitable whiskey-stained voice. Chad is equipped with rough and tumble good looks reminiscent of a young Elvis Presley and a cool swagger that calls to mind another Hoosier native named James Dean. Harvey’s not one of these fly-by-night, pin-up ‘hat acts,’ he is a gifted singer/songwriter armed with a six-string Gibson and a Midwestern drawl who says what he means and means what he says with his songs.
Chad Harvey’s songs such as ‘Driftin,’ ‘What Would You Say,’ and ‘Run’ possess infectious melodies, scorching licks, backed by a driving 4/4 beat. Harvey’s tunes are most at home blaring out of pick-up truck transistor radios driving the back roads of Southern Indiana where he grew up. With aspirations greater than what Indiana had to offer, Chad fled to Nashville, Tennessee where he enrolled at Belmont University to “learn about the record business;” however, Chad found himself learning more about the music business by meeting people, listening to classic records, and watching bands perform live in local clubs.
On one cold winter night, a pivotal moment happened, Chad tuned in to Austin City Limits to watch John Prine perform; and on the same show he discovered an artist who would help guide his musical direction: Todd Snider. Considering this a sign, Harvey picked up and moved to Austin to walk the same Texas soil as his heroes and to develop his own songwriting chops and performing skills.
Through Snider, Harvey was introduced to the Texas music scene that included Jerry Jeff Walker, Jack Ingram, Guy Clark, Chris Knight, Billy Joe Shaver, Charlie Robison, Bruce Robison to name a few. Chad proceeded to play every honky-tonk, voodoo haunt, and BBQ joint with a makeshift stage on the same trail blazed by Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt years earlier.
Chad Harvey eventually moved back to Indiana to record his first full-length effort backed by an amazing cast of supporting musicians including Mellencamp-alum Dane Clark on drums, GRAMMY®-winner Lloyd Maines on steel and three-time GRAMMY®-winner and Asleep at the Wheel-alum Larry Franklin on fiddle. The end result is an astonishingly cool slice of Americana.
The vitality of Chad’s live shows is captured in the recordings of ‘Pour Me Another,’ ‘Huggin and Lovin,’ and ‘Backstage Pass.’ On tour, it is not uncommon for Chad to share stages with emerging alternative rock and even punk rock bands winning over their audiences with his incredible performance and selling a bunch of CDs to boot!
Harvey’s not waiting around for music industry to come to him; quite the contrary, he’s making music his way, on his terms, and by his rules. With his CDs loaded in the trunk of his car, his face all over myspace, and a video shipped to music channels, Harvey hopes to bridge the gap between country and rock the same way Elvis did in the 50s, Cash in the 60s, Parsons in the 70s, and Earle in the 80s.
Get in your pick-up truck, turn up the radio as loud as it can go, and listen to Chad Harvey tell the truth…or at least something close to it.
Chad Harvey - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Jake Kelly - Guitar, Harmonica, and Backing Vocals
Mike Solle - Fiddle & Peddle Steel
Tom D'Angelo - Bass Guitar
Dan Howard - Drums
Chad's debut CD , 'GET LIT', was released on June 24 2008. 'GET LIT' is currently receiving airplay on Americana, AAA and Country formats. As of September 15, 2008, 'GET LIT' is #96 on the national Americana radio chart. Below are the stations currently spinning tracks from 'GET LIT':
WRAY - Princeton, Indiana
WBDC – Huntingburg, Indiana
WRRW – Virginia Beach, Virginia
WETS – Johnson City, Tennessee
KDNK – Aspen, Colorado
WERU – Bangor, Maine
KAXE – Grand Rapids, Minnesota
KYMO – East Prairie, Missouri
KUWR – Laramie, Wyoming
WHAY – Whitley City, KY
WNKU – Cincinnati, Ohio
KRCL – Salt Lake City, Utah
KSJD – Cortez, Colorado
WSYC – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
WTCR – Huntington, West Virginia
WGSC – South Bend, Indiana
Clear Channel’s HD Americana stations spinning tracks from ‘GET LIT”:
WLTM - Atlanta, Georgia
WEZL - Charleston, South Carolina
KMJX - Little Rock, Arkansas
WPKX - Springfield, Massachusetts
KZSN - Wichita, Kansas
More Than You Know
Pour Me Another
Just To See What She Feels Like
Huggin' N' A Lovin'
Hey Hey Hey
What Would You Say
GET LIT. COULD THERE
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Written by Tom Fischer of www.tripodder.com GET LIT. COULD THERE BE A BETTER TITLE FOR A DEBUT ...Written by Tom Fischer of www.tripodder.com
GET LIT. COULD THERE
BE A BETTER TITLE
FOR A DEBUT ALBUM?
For Indie 500 Record artist Chad Harvey, it seems to be perfect. "I've always had the mentality of work hard and play hard. I've spent time playing my music in bars. These songs are stories that I've either experienced myself or seen through others lives that are close to me," explains Americana artist Chad Harvey. While sitting at Evansville's own Firefly Southern Grill, Chad saw the words "Get Lit" at the top of a cocktail menu. "Get Lit" on this menu had a dual meaning ...Firefly and cocktails, get it? The song, "Get Lit" came together at the last minute to join 12 other songs already on the album awaiting the right title. "I can't wait to play this Song live. It's going to be a great bar anthem," says Chad.
As I listen to the entire album preparing to interview Chad for Tripodder.com's Podcast Channel, I recall a year ago when I interviewed Chad Harvey live from his performance at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. Chad's talent has always impressed me, but his music has truly become better and better. I'm proud that Tripodder.com makes following the progress of regional independent artists an important element what we do.
Songwriters tell stories through their music, but Chad's has a style all his own. This collection of stories is shared in a variety of styles of music bringing each to life in a special way. The track, "Just to See What She Feels Like" completely rocks and Chad calls it his "hail to the Rolling Stones." While the last track on the album, "Downtown Tonight" is strong with a fiddle and a catchy country- type tune with the lyrics, "Downtown tonight, gonna let it all hang out 'til I feel right.
Got a hundred in my pocket and my boots are nice and shined to go downtown tonight."
"I've been influenced by many genres of music over my life. I really don't like to pigeonhole any music into a certain genre. I'm a big country music fan and a rock fan. There are artists out there that bring all those genres together. Steve Earle does it better than anybody and he is a big influence on me. When I put this record together, I wanted to bring all my styles and influences in. I think it does work. The songs all have a common denominator of being American music."
Chad's own story is as American as the music he writes. He shares this in the inside liner notes of Get Lit, describing his move from Indiana to Austin, Texas. "I knew no one in Austin and I had only written three songs. But I did know there
was a reason I needed to be there: to develop my music I needed to walk the same soil as my heroes."
Chad says that if he wouldn't have left Evansville, he wouldn't have been able to write most of the songs on Get Lit. The song, "Dream On" is an important song to Chad because it is a song written for dreamers. It is a wake up call to those in the Tri-State area who may be too content with where they are and need to be reminded to chase their dreams.
Speaking of dreams, the players on the record are all star host of dream cast of supporting musicians including Mellencamp-alum Dane Clark on drums, Grammy-winner Lloyd Maines on steel and three-time Grammy-winner Larry Franklin on fiddle.
Even better though, you can join Chad in helping support our troops overseas. Chad contacted the Soldiers' Angels organization and suggested that for every copy of Get Lit sold through Indie500Records.com, he would donate a copy to be sent to one of our soldier overseas. To learn more about the Soldier's Angels and how you can adopt a soldier to correspond with, visit www.SoldiersAngels.org. This is just one more part of what makes this album and Chad Harvey is an astonishingly cool slice of Americana.
'GET LIT' Press Release
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‘Get Lit’, HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM FROM CHAD HARVEY RELEASED Features Amazing Backing Ba...
‘Get Lit’, HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM FROM CHAD HARVEY RELEASED
Features Amazing Backing Band: Multi Grammy Award Winners Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Wilco) and Larry Franklin (George Strait, Jack Ingram), Dane Clark (John Mellencamp), and more.
”Harvey’s Gives a View of Life Through the Windshield of a Pickup Truck and a Barstool in a Honky Tonk, Truly Inspiring.”
Chad Harvey is excited to announce the release of his debut album ‘Get Lit’ on Indie 500 Records. The directness and realism of Chad’s music evolved from his “one man, one acoustic guitar” beginnings at open mics and solo acoustic gigs in Indiana and Texas. Following in the footsteps of his heroes Steve Earle, Todd Snider, Jack Ingram, John Prine and many others, Chad knew that if the songs he wrote couldn’t come across to an audience alone on his acoustic guitar that they would not be the quality he would want to perform and record with his band.
“I am writing and performing the stories of my life - some truth, some lies, but all real American music,” Chad says. “I have taken my experiences, from living in Southern, Indiana and Austin, Texas, and the stories from the people I have met through my travels, and crafted songs that provide what I believe is a first hand view of our search for love and happiness, along with all of the detours and challenges life provides.”
As Chad traveled and performed, he was a prolific writer penning a journal full of songs about his life and the world around him. ‘Get Lit’ includes thirteen songs from this journal. Chad says, “This record is the honesty and truth of my life over the last few years.”
Chad’s reputation caught the attention of Indianapolis, Indiana’s Indie 500 Records’ VP of A&R, Marc Johnson. “Chad has that spark, you can tell when he walks in to a room that there is a sense of coolness that just radiates from him,” Johnson says. “Once I saw him on stage, playing his songs, telling his stories, I could see immediately that it was easy for Chad to connect with people. That is a key characteristic I look for in artists I work with.”
In May 2007, Indie 500 Records offered Chad a recording deal. The debut album, ‘Get Lit’ was recorded and produced by Marc Johnson at The Pop Machine studios in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The music on Chad’s debut comprises a wide variety of styles from the pure barroom country of “Pour Me Another,” “Huggin N’ A Lovin’” and “More Than You Know,” to the wistful pop of “Sunny Day.” From the driving country sound of “Backstage Pass,” to the Stone-sy rockin’ country of “Just To See What She Feels Like,” “Run,” and “Driftin.” Moving beyond country and rock sounds the tracks “Get Lit” and “What Would You Say” reveal punk and rockabilly inflections, and the album closes with the grooving Bluegrass tune, “Downtown Tonight.” On a whole, the album is an eclectic mix of country, rock and bluegrass styles, coupled with infections melodies and superior playing. The end result is an astonishingly cool slice of Americana.
To commemorate his maiden release, Chad wanted to do more than just release his debut album, so he decided to give back. Chad has partnered with Soldiers’ Angels, an organization who delivers letters, care packages, and comfort items to the deployed military, and support for their families here at home. Their 200,000+ volunteer members also provide assistance to the wounded, continuing support for veterans, remembrances and comfort for families of the fallen.
For every copy of his debut album sold through his record label’s website, Indie500Records.com; and Chad’s website, ChadHarvey.com; Chad is donating a copy to be included in a Soldiers’ Angels care package.
Indie 500 Records has engaged in a multipronged release strategy including physical and online/digital release (including iTunes and Rhapsody), promotion on ChadHarvey.com as well as Chad’s MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and iLike pages. Tracks from the album are being serviced nationally to several radio formats including Americana, AAA, Country and Rock.
‘Get Lit’ is available at www.ChadHarvey.com and on iTunes, Rhapsody and other online stores.
Chad is found regularly touring the Midwest but with the release of “Get Lit,” nationwide tour dates are being scheduled including an August east coast tour, a fall west coast tour and a fall Texas tour opening for notable Americana acts.
For additional information about Chad Harvey and his work, to schedule an interview, for high resolution photos or to book a show please contact:
Chad Harvey Live from L.A.
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by Tom Fischer ”Loving myself now, and I’ll hate myself tomorrow” could be the title to as song...
by Tom Fischer
”Loving myself now, and I’ll hate myself tomorrow” could be the title to as song someday. However, tonight, these are the first words that Evansville based artist Chad Harvey says to me as he calls me from Los Angeles. It’s 3:30 am in Evansville, and 1:30 am in L.A. Chad has just had the gig of his life at the increasingly popular Hotel Café in Los Angeles.
“It was a rocking night! I’ve had a few drinks and I have to be up in a few hours to be at LAX Airport, which is probably one of my favorite places in the world.” At that moment, I know what an experience this interview is about to be. It’s the true telling of an up and coming artist like Chad and his first trip out to LA.
We first brought you the Chad Harvey interview and performance on our Tripodder.com Videocast channel that we filmed at Cecil’s Bar in Grill on Garvin Street in Evansville. No matter where in the world Chad Harvey is playing, he is one of our favorite artists to follow on Tripodder.com.
“The Hotel Café lived up to my expectations. It is definitely coming up to be the new Roxy and Whiskey a Go Go here,” says Chad. Chad was joined in L.A. by guitarist Marc Johnson, who also is a partner in the Indie 500 label that Chad appears on. So how did these Hoosiers end up on the bill at one of the hottest venues in L.A.? It all came from Chad Harvey opening for L.A. artist Tim Jones at Birdy’s in Indianapolis. Tim was impressed with Chad’s talent, and the rest is history.
Tim isn’t the only one digging Chad and his sound. Chad’s fan base in L.A. and relationships in the entertainment industry have landed his tune two sweet appearances. First, a portion of Chad’s song, “Dream On,” is being used in the TV pilot Hollywood, Illinois, currently in production in California. Second, the soon to be hit song, “Pour Me Another,” is being featured in Tripodder.com & TPTFilm’s forthcoming film Bourbon Documentary. “That song is going to be a hit,” is what listeners and fans keep telling us about “Pour Me Another.”
Listen and download both songs for yourself for free by logging on to Tripodder.com and selecting the MUSIC Channel under the main menu. You can also experience my full “Live from L.A.” phone interview with Chad by selecting the podcast channel. For more information on Chad Harvey and to discover when you can catch one of his shows in the Tri-State, visit www.ChadHarvey.com.
Moore Music Presents Chad Harvey
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How’s it going? Things couldn’t be better. I am beginning to get settled back in to Evansville aft...How’s it going?
Things couldn’t be better. I am beginning to get settled back in to Evansville after living in Austin, Texas for the past four years. Even though I have been playing in Austin for the past few years, I am new to the Evansville music scene. Since I am new to the scene, I have been investing extensive time in promoting my material in the local area through my website (chadharvey.com), which includes live show footage, and with the help of Tripodder.com which is currently spinning my song “Dream On.” The response has been incredible, and I am looking forward to many shows to come in this area.
When did you first begin playing music?
I am a late bloomer in relation to when I began playing and writing. Growing up, I was always interested in music and was very lucky to have friends and family introduce me to eclectic styles. Along with the influences of my friends and family, I was also influenced by commercial music played on the airwaves. Together, these influences exposed me to a wide variety of music styles.
Soon after I graduated college, I decided to try my hand at guitar and songwriting. I purchased a guitar and chord book and began teaching myself. I never had, and still do not have, a desire to be a great guitar player. I am a songwriter first and foremost, an entertainer second, and a guitar player third. My goal as a guitar player has always been just to be able to accompany myself in the songs I write. I rely on others for the fancy picking.
Within a couple of months of purchasing the guitar, I wrote my first song. Over the next year, I continued to write and improve my songwriting skills and decided to jump in to the music industry with both feet. I packed my bags and moved to Austin, Texas in 2002, where original songs and live music dominate the scene.
Who are your primary influences? What about their style appeals to you?
I am drawn to traditional American artists who are progressive in style and think outside-of-the-box. Over the past 10 years I have been particularly drawn to the Americana and Alternative Country genres. Both of these genres eliminate the boundaries of music categorization. Steve Earle is a perfect example of this, especially during his post-prison era. The idea that an artist such as Earle can have a rock, country, punk, and bluegrass song on the same record is very cool to me.
As far as songwriting, I have many influences. John Prine, Bob Dylan, Todd Snider, Chris Knight, Johnny Cash, James McMurtry, Radney Foster, Bruce Robison, Billy Joe Shaver, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Ryan Adams to name a few. These guys are all great songwriters in their own right.
As an entertainer, I prefer the simple yet explosive performances of Reckless Kelly, Todd Snider and Jack Ingram. I am not the kind of guy who is going to blow an audience away with effects, but I will share how I came up with a song and how I ended up in a compromising situation and maybe, just maybe, learned a lesson from the experience.
Is there a song or two that you think are just perfect?
As a songwriter, I value the quality of great lyrics and a catchy melody. There are hundreds of songs that I would consider well-written songs. Currently, a song that I am digging is Ryan Adam’s “Come Pick Me Up.” In this song, Adam paints a detailed picture of a situation that many people have faced in their life. It is a very intense song, and Adam pulls no punches.
“It Ain’t Easy Being Me” written by Slaughters, Kentucky resident Chris Knight and The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” are two additional songs which I would consider in this class.
How have your ideas changed musically and stylistically over the years?
In my teens, I was influenced by commercial pop radio, especially John Mellencamp. But I was also listening to Bob Dylan, John Prine and 70’s outlaw country during that period of my life, due to my Dad’s record collection.
In the winter of 1996 I tuned in to Austin City Limits for a show featuring Prine and discovered Todd Snider sharing the bill; and that’s when the flood gates opened, with Snider’s music introducing me to the Americana music scene. At that time, Snider was in his mid-twenties and I related to what he was trying to accomplish. That is when my musical ideas started to navigate to more eclectic styles and my desire grew to become more than just a fan of music.
What’s your proudest moment as a musician?
Before I moved to Texas, I had heard Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas was one of the premier places for Texas musicians to play. This is the same stage Stevie Ray Vaughn, Charlie Sexton, George Strait, Todd Snider, Randy Rogers Band and many others cut their teeth. Along with kick-starting the careers of now very successful artists, Cheatham Street Warehouse’s stage has also included numerous appearances by music veterans such as Willie Nelson, Eric Johnson and the late Doug Sahm.
Within the first week I lived in Texas, I visited Cheatham Street Warehouse as a fan and was blown away by the history and the ambience of the venue. That night, I made it a goal to play this great historic venue. In 2004, I took the stage at Cheatham Street Warehouse with my guitar, tunes and a grin.
What are some of your favorite albums and why?
Bare Jr’s, Boot-Tay; Steve Earle’s, I feel Alright; Todd Snider’s, Songs for the Daily Planet; John Prine’s, Missing Years; The Rolling Stones’, Exile On Main Street; The Refreshments’, Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big, and Buzzy; Chris Knight’s, Chris Knight; Jack Ingram’s, Hey You; John Mellencamp’s, The Lonesome Jubilee; Bob Dylan’s, Highway 61 Revisited.
Each of these albums, contain common characteristics. They are well-written, innovative, and very influential at the time of their release and still today. These are all great albums from beginning to end that have contributed to my songwriting, performing and overall style.
You’re flying on the Autobahn at 150 miles per hour – what’s playing in the deck?
Great question! Hands down, it would be Alejandro Escovedo’s “Castanets.” “Castanets” is a great rocking song that gets the juices flowing. There have been a couple of occasions where I have been flying down the Lloyd, while listening to “Castanets.” I can only imagine the Autobahn at 150 miles per hour while listening to this tune, not to mention not having a dozen stop lights to slow me down.
What’s coming up in your future?
The next six months are full of opportunities. I plan on playing a few more shows in this area before the middle of December and I am considering two or three shows in Texas towards the end of December.
Along with the shows, I begin recording my upcoming album at The Pop Machine Studios in Indianapolis this month. The album is scheduled to be released on Indie 500 Records in the Spring or Summer of 2007. I am very excited to have Marc Johnson, of the rock band Wonderdrug, and Tony Buechler producing and lending their guitar skills to the project. I haven’t choosen the album name yet, but you can check for updates on the upcoming album, shows and other news at www.chadharvey.com.
Other than the shows and recording my upcoming album, I will continue to write the stories of my life, songs which are made up of some truths and some lies which are all real American music.
Equipment you regularly use?
Fender American Telecaster
Martin SP Strings
Bar Napkins or Mead Paper Pad
Bic Ball Point Pen - Black or Blue
John Waite Records “Universal Soldier” At The Pop Machine (Chad Harvey Info Included)
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Indianapolis, IN (February 22, 2007)--The Pop Machine has been busy this winter with several recordi...Indianapolis, IN (February 22, 2007)--The Pop Machine has been busy this winter with several recording projects, according to co-owner and producer/engineer Marc Johnson. John Waite, former front man for The Babys and Bad English, recorded the song "Universal Solider" at The Pop Machine, with overdubs cut at Henson Recording in Los Angeles.
The Pop Machine principals Marc Johnson and brother Eric Klee Johnson produced and mixed the track, which features Matchbox Twenty's Kyle Cook on guitar, session ace Kenny Aronoff on drums, and Adam Whilte on loops.
Waite’s “Universal Soldier” was recorded and mixed at The Pop Machine for an iTunes-exclusive release on Rounder Records; John 'Squirrel' Searle was assistant engineer on this session.
The Johnson brothers are now putting the finishing touches on a new release for Jane Jensen; one song from the project Saturday Night appears in the new film Slither. Eric Klee Johnson mixed the new release for Xero Sum, and Marc produced. In other recent sessions, Tony Buechler and Marc Johnson co-produced the debut release for country music singer Chad Harvey; Marc tracked and mixed the latest from western swing sensations, The Round-ups; and producer Joe Cheesman and engineer Mike Petrow worked at The Pop Machine with The Born Again Floozies, tracking a song for a Paste magazine sampler.
The Pop Machine also recently added more gear to its inventory, including a vintage AKG C414EB condenser microphone, an Amek Neve Pure Path, a pair of Sennheiser E609s (silver dynamic guitar mics), a pair of Uncle Alberts' passive DIs, and Monster power. The Pop Machine's main studio features a Soundcraft Series 1600 mixing console, which includes 24 of the 2011 Preamp/EQ Modules; Pro Tools HD3 Accel system; Otari MX-80 2 Analog 24-track machine; API, Focusrite, Neve, Fairchild and Universal Audio mic pre/EQs; lots of guitars, basses, effects pedals, vintage and modern amps; Ludwig, Slingerland, and Sonor Cocktail drum kits; Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 and M3, Minimoog, Wurlitzers, and synths.
More Than You Know
Pour Me Another
Just To See What She Feels Like
Huggin' N A Lovin'
Hey Hey Hey
What Would You Say
Sittin' On A Bar Stool
Live shows range from 30 minutes to 2+ hours. Along with the original tunes listed above, Chad also covers his heroes’ songs including Ryan Adams’ “Come Pick Me Up”, Lyle Lovett’s “In My Own Mind”, Steve Earle’s “Someday”, Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers”, Radney Foster’s “Half My Mistakes”, Jack Ingram’s “Beat Up Ford” among others.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.