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    "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."                     

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Blind Uncle Harry is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter based in Bloomington, Indiana specializing in self defined hillbilly hippy folk rock. Usually appearing with his backing band, the Ferals, together they are particularly well known for their raucous live shows with 10 or more musicians often on stage. 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 “I Want a Girl Who Plays the Didjeridoo” 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 Ferals, they remind a lot of people of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. 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's critically acclaimed debut album Visualize Industrial Collapse, was released in 2015. Recorded with the Ferals, the album 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

Visualize Industrial Collapse was recorded mostly live featuring the distinct resonance of the 127 year old heart pine floors of Tecumseh House Studios. It was and mixed and mastered at Bloomington’s Echo Park, where The Fray, Ben Folds, Stephen Stills, Over the Rhine and Bloomington’s own home grown superstar, John Mellencamp, have all recorded.

Blind Uncle Harry and the Ferals met at Hippy 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.

 

Other songs that are in regular rotation at shows are “Hillbilly Hippy Haiku Heaven” and “Uh Oh (Sounds Like Somebody Pissed Off Jesus)”, which, along with Jesus Is Comin' in a Rat Turd, mock the shit out of right wing conservatives. Other often requested and played songs are “Song for the Revolution”, “Cry Me a Rainbow”, “My Daddy Has a Great Big Pee Pee”, “Savannah Kentuckiana”, and “I Want A Girl Who Plays the Didjeridoo”.

Most of these are set to appear on the upcoming new album, The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry, set for release on Nashville's Lumpen Records by the end of the yearThe album is more specifically twangy with an emphasis on Americana bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies.

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 near 20 show West Coast tour during the summer of 2016 in Washington, Oregon, and California.

     

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