Blind Uncle Harry

 "Superb instrumentation, gorgeous harmonies, and ‘some of the best lyrics we’ve heard this year’ (WIUX), Blind Uncle Harry will make you laugh, cry, and piss you off- often in the same song." WIUX  

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a show as I did to “Uh Oh (Sounds Like Somebody Pissed Off Jesus)” I literally laughed so hard I had beer coming out my nose.” Kayla Harrison, Artbar venue, Santa Cruz California

"...a musical antidote to these politically poisonous times." Frankie Farrell, WFHB

"Five stars! The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry... is the sound track for radical America, yet, amazingly, it still somehow manages to crack you up." Whittaker Evans

                  

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Blind Uncle Harry is the performing stage name for Bloomington Indiana singer songwriter Chris Doran. He and his rotating band specialize in self defined hillbilly hippie shreddin' folk rock. Together they are particularly well known for their raucous live shows with audience sing alongs and 20 minute plus jams. Electric shows feature full blown distortion and audience chants of “Shred! Shred! Shred! during extended high distortion guitar solos. Previous singles "Christmas Day in Australia" and “Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over” from the critically acclaimed debut album Visualize Industrial Collapse received airplay on a number of college radio stations in the US and Australia.

There is nothing quite like a Blind Uncle Harry performance with the entire audience, not to mention the band, singing and at times screaming out "Jesus is Comin' in a Rat Turd", "Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over", "Burn Down the High School", and “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven” with extended jams sometimes going for 20 minutes or more. 

Notorious for being the only performer ever banned by the Indiana University Union Board

for referring to the venue operator Starbucks as Starfucks and encouraging the audience to substitute singing “Burn Down the Kelley School of Business” for “Burn Down the High School”, Blind Uncle Harry is remniscent of early Bob Dylan and in a more contemporary radical and political sense, Billy Bragg.

Playing with the full band, they remind people of everyone from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes to Iggy Popp and the Stooges.  Although, to our knowledge, none of those groups nearly caused an entire floor to collapse, as Blind Uncle Harry and the Ferals did during a memorable performance at Bloomington's legendary 201 South Washington house show venue. So many people were jumping up and down to Rat Turd that the show below in the basement was momentarily stopped as the audience was sure the ceiling was about to cave in on top of them.

Blind Uncle Harry has released two critically acclaimed albums: The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry (2018) and Visualize Industrial Collapse (2015).

From the politically charged witty irreverence of “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven”, “D Chord Hammer Ditty”, “Uh Oh (Sounds Like Somebody Pissed Off Jesus)”, "Indiana", and "It's All F*!#ed", The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry takes dead aim at the conservative right in the aftermath of the Trump presidency while still somehow being laugh out loud funny. 

But it's hardly a bitchiest. Live show favorites “Cry Me a Rainbow”, “Song for the Revolution”, and “Savannah Kentuckiana” are full of transcendent hope and determination while still being super fun to sing along to. "Emma Lynn", "Long Lonesome Tune", and "Strip Mining My Heart (written by Chris's brother Rick Doran) are the kind of twisted love gone wrong crazy woman blues love songs that only Blind Uncle Harry could come up with. 

The album features stellar instrumentation by up and coming Americana bluegrassers and Blind Uncle Harry regulars The Wonderhills, along with gorgeous harmonies from lead singer Blind Uncle Harry, Shelby Jo Everett, and Alexandra Burgan.

Visualize Industrial Collapse ranges from heartbreaking love songs (Christmas Day in Australia), to in-your-face-anti-mainstream American anthems (American Way, I Just Want You to Know, Burn Down the High School), to the hilarious Jesus Is Comin’ in a Rat Turd and the sing along stoners' anthem, Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over. Fly Away, featuring Shelby Jo the Blonde Diva Everett’s exquisite lead vocal, is, along with Song for Kori and If I Should Have to Go, best listened to with the lights off and a joint and bottle of whiskey at 3 o’clock in the morning, ala Nick Cave. Check out the Haywire Blog's Review of Visual Industrial Collapse here 

At The Cave, Chapel Hill North Carolina. Blind Uncle Harry, Sven Svendala Carlsberg, Joseph Dreamboat Klatt, Brye 80's Robinson, Shelby Jo the Blonde Dive Everett

Both albums were recorded mostly live featuring the distinct resonance of the 127 year old heart pine floors of Tecumseh House Studios.

Chris took the name Blind Uncle Harry from his actual great uncle Harry, who was indeed blind. He also was a fiddle player and touched a life long appreciation of the power of one man and an instrument. Chris and his initial band line-up met at Hippie Camp, aka a residency permaculture design course offered through Indiana University, during the summer of 2013. Of the 20 students who attended, at least half were musicians. Jam sessions went from morning til the wee hours around the campfire every night. Once back in Bloomington, the jam sessions slowly gave shape to the pile of early Blind Uncle Harry songs, which then evolved into the first kinda sorta performances at the much loved and much missed Rachael's Cafe open mic night every Tuesday. The first official Blind Uncle Harry show was October 2013 at the equally much loved and much missed Grant Street Musician's Cooperative. That show was memorably shut down by police due to the overflow audience singing along a bit too boisterously.

Blind Uncle Harry has performed solo or with some element of the Ferals in New York, Connecticut, Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, as well as throughout the Midwest, and completed a 20 show West Coast tour during the summer of 2016 in Washington, Oregon, and California. He is gearing up to unleash his hillbilly hippie shreddin' folk rock on Europe for the first time this summer.

     

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