Soapbox Prophets

Soapbox Prophets


An all original Rock-n-Roll band that is based on great songwriting.Visual, thought provoking lyrics , soulful vocals, incredible top notch guitar playing, steady and tight drum rhythms glue all the peices together. The picturesque lyrics and great rock progressions evoke emotion in the listener.


Soapbox Prophets are a four-piece outfit from the heartland (Des Moines, Iowa to be specific.) The music? Straight-up rock and roll-no frills, no apologies. The band’s story starts with another band, actually-Des Moines’ Accidental Sisters and their fearless leader, Leon “Skip” Harrison. The Accidental Sisters played around the Midwest for a number of years, garnering media attention and getting a reputation for their sweat-soaked live shows while releasing a handful of albums. But when Skip unexpectedly passed away, the band found itself without direction or a leader. The story could end there, but thankfully it doesn’t.

Enter Karen Harrison, Skip’s wife and a skilled singer/songwriter in her own right. After some gentle nudging from Deb Daniels, the Sisters’ bassist, she started to work with Deb and put together a repertoire of material, using her songs as well as Skip’s. Drummer Joe McIlhon eventually joined the fold, as did lead guitarist James Biehn, formerly of Des Moines bands the McKenzies and Hyde Park.

With all the right parts in place, the band is ready to honor the bands musical history, while having one foot planted in what lies ahead. Borrowing form every great era of rock and roll, this band combines barroom swagger with a lyrical style that relies heavily on imagination and vision. This results in a style of music that is timeless and organic: not a “here today/gone tomorrow” excuse to market to the masses before their 15 minutes are up. This approach has provided the opportunity to share the stage with bands such as Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Cracker. So sit back and hold on: it’s going to be hell of a ride.



Written By: Skip Harrison

By Skip Harrison

All the angels left Hiroshima
They were heading to the west
They deal in souls there, they deal in flesh

As falls Wichita, so falls Wichita Falls

As the climate was changing
As the rain turned to blood
As the end was approaching
As there is never enough, never enough

As falls Wichita, so falls Wichita Falls
As falls Wichita, so falls Wichita Falls

I broke my back on the things that I can’t change
I broke my teeth on the things I can’t know
I have dreams too wide for dreaming
(imagine how it feels) Now I’m letting them go

Out where the darkness is breathing
At the end of every nameless street
Behind the wheel of a fast car
In the belly of the beast

As falls Wichita, so falls Wichita Falls
As falls Wichita, so falls Wichita Falls

The Red Dress

Written By: Skip Harrison

Red Dress
By Skip Harrison

You know you’re in harms way
No there’s nothing you can do
Pretend at isolation
You’re still surrounded by fools
You know you’re still hungry
At night when you go to bed
First thing I’m gonna do
Is buy you a red dress

You know you’re still pretty
Even with those bruises round your eyes
It only takes a storm cloud
To black out a perfect sky
You know that you’re sorry
for some of the things you did
All is forgiven
Gonna buy you a red dress

If the ever let me out of here
If they ever turn that key
I’m gonna buy me a little time
I’ll make you right here next to me
Got the razor in my pocket
And I’m willing to bury the dead
But the first thing I’m gonna do
Is buy you a red dress


Stranger than Strange- Released in May 2006

Set List

10 original album tracks plus additional 25 original unreleased songs
Sets 45 minutes each.
Can play as many as 4 sets if needed.

Occasional cover songs include:

Sometimes Salvation- Black Crowes
When the Levee Breaks- Led Zeppelin
Got Me Wrong- Alice In Chains
Old Man- Neil Young
If It Makes You Happy- Sheryl Crow
Sweet Child of Mine- Guns-n-Roses
Comfortably Numb- Pink Floyd
Long Way to the Top- AC/DC
Piece of My Heart- Janis Joplin
All Along the Watchtower- Bob Dylan