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"Blind Uncle Harry is back with another single set to tug at our heartstrings this month. ‘Song For Kori’ strays slightly from the self-defined ‘hillbilly hippie shreddin’ folk rock’ that he is best known for, but is still rooted in the folk foundations at the heart of his sound. This latest single comes off the back of his astonishing album ‘The Gospel according To Blind Uncle Harry’ from last year. ...If being an artist truly is having something to say and saying it with style, then Blind Uncle Harry, in every dissection of the word, is an artist."
"A fable about the intricate moments of life, the struggles, the trials, the tribulations and the victories. Overall Uncle Harry has proved that simplicity is often the victor when it comes to songs from the heart and all the talking can be done with a voice and lone instrument. A startling offering indeed."
"Featuring a full, rich lyrical narrative, Song For Kori is music for the open road. The sound has recognizably 1960′s vibe. It reminds me a lot of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. ...Song For Kori manages to capture a kind of essence within the American zeitgeist. It’s reassuring to know that indie music like this is still being made."
"He is a gifted lyricist, and a beautiful example of what it means to make music with passion and focus, taking his audience on a musical journey. Highly recommended if you are a fan of artists such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan or Steve Earle, only to mention a few!"
The Way in which Blind Uncle Harry Captures the Complex Emotions of Such a Tragic Tale in this Song is Something Magnificent - and Tragic. -WhichCoast.com
"Blind Uncle Harry provides a one of a kind listening experience with each and every song and “Song For Kori” is a standout example; of the three tracks we have reviewed from this artist, this one is the most subdued and heart-wrenching."
Because at the Heart of it All, This is One Spectacularly Sweet, and Exquisitely Twisted Tale -Sleeping Bag Studios
"He echoes the folk-singers of old, way back when before everything had to be all slicked out with top-shelf studio production…when the natural sound of a guitar still held its true magic with the masses. By the time he hits this single’s main conclusion, it lands with the resounding thump of the weight of its message, delivered by the most delicate means, but hard hitting all the same."
RGM RATING (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
"The Indiana singer and songwriter with a penchant for the unconventional is back with his latest release “A Song For Kori" ...a searing indictment of American values, "where a man is worth more to his daughter/dead than alive,” this track is a stripped-down direct depiction of the grand values of the USA accompanied by an acoustic guitar. A continuous theme for Blind Uncle Harry is to tell hard truths without sugarcoating"
"The multi-talented singer and songwriter Chris ‘Harry’ Doran aka Blind Uncle Harry continues to ignite the music world with his unorthodox inventiveness."-Warlock Asylum
Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over is a " folk-rock delight... [Harry] has an edge for using his music as a vehicle to create awareness. Blind Uncle Harry does it again!" -Warlock Asylum
"Blind Uncle Harry certainly has a knack for storytelling which he showcases through his songwriting skills." -Just Fame
"I really get a Violent Femmes vibe from this track, fused with a bit of modern folk music - this song is a treat and even a bit of a trip in itself. ...when listening to Blind Uncle Harry, expect to have a good time." -Which Coast
"One gets the sense this jam is a real hit at parties. The musical style is like if you were to blend 1880′s country with 1960′s folk, 1990s lofi and add contemporary social flair. Blind Uncle Harry’s witty lyrics and mellow delivery are those of a true hippie out of time." -Anastim Ducray, Stepkid.com
"Known for his hilbilly shreddin’ folk rock sound, Blind Uncle Harry has an arsenal of tricks up his sleeve to keep his music unique and fresh. Utilizing a rotating arrangement of band members to compliment every song and make it shine in it’s own, quirky way." -Sam Reed, Indie Band Guru
"By the time ‘Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over’ draws to a close, you’ll find yourself humming along with the catchy hook and in need of hitting that repeat button for another listen." -WokeChimp.com
the "communal spirit feels absolutely awe-inspiring, [and] recalls a bit of David Peel & The Lower East Side’s “Have a Marijuana”. The same degree of joy from that 1968 album lives on with Harry’s loopy take on folk rock." -BeachSloth.com
"The famous Blind Uncle Harry never fails to wow the audience, and with his latest music video, he has just set the benchmark for creative artists out there in the industry. His versatile development, together with authentic lyricism, is the source of his immense popularity around the world." -African Hype
"And of course, the music is suitably ragged and raucous coming off like a campfire busk or a cosmic jam after a night on the weed, and it is all the more glorious for it." -Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture
CHRISTMAS DAY IN AUSTRALIA IS A HIT!
"Known for his inventive charm and daring folk-rock revelry, ...Blind Uncle Harry’s creative charms seem to never end and just in time for holiday cheer, he makes another genius leap of melodic bliss with this Christmas release. Not only is Christmas Day In America an inventive effort, but for a wide majority of the population that has been locked away in 2020’s pandemic, it is a way to travel across the world and finally let go of all that is useless."
Blind Uncle Harry Gifts Us With a Song That Santa Will Absolutely Love. -Shari Hirsch, Ratings Game Music
Christmas Day in Australia "definitely shows off the chill, bluegrass, hippie-esque formula that [Harry] seems to be known for. This folksy untraditional Christmas song is the perfect heartfelt alternative to the customary holiday classics." The lyrics "are definitely unique, clever, and funny, while also political."
Blind Uncle Harry "writes singalong protest comedy songs which somehow manage to be all three of those things at once." -Bob Smith, Static Dive
"known for his biting wit and wise-guy wisdom" and as "a dynamic writer and performer. ...Harry has made a name for himself writing, recording and especially performing his unique brand of folky and funny social commentary."
"Blind Uncle Harry taps into that wild sensation with his version of a holiday hit, Christmas Day In Australia" -Sam Reed, Indie Band Guru
...Known for telling a great tale and usually a damn catchy one, Harry has pinned down a unique niche for himself. It’s safe to say that you can never truly know what’s coming next from Blind Uncle Harry, and that’s part of the undeniable charm."
"...a wonderful stream of consciousness, one that becomes nearly bursting with so much passion."
"I love the world that Blind Uncle Harry builds through the music he and his revolving door of musicians create" -Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture blog
"It reminds me of a wonky, rootsy past, one resurrected from weed, wisdom and wide-eyed wonder, one that combines the most infectious sing-alongs with some deep and meaningful…occasionally deep and meaningless…themes, a bit like the way that Monty Python would bang on about Schopenhauer and then the next moment be hitting each other with fish! It is a place where cosmic country cool is soaked in a hippie hullabaloo and above all, where music is made for all the right reasons."
"Blind Uncle Harry is the kind of music experience that you are not going to come across every day. Through “Christmas Day in Australia”, we get just one taste of the artistry and musicianship that Chris “Harry” Doran and his band have become known." -Which Coast Music
"...the electrifying singer and songwriter Chris ‘Harry’ Doran aka Blind Uncle Harry has a new single titled that will leave you in awe! Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven is a winner!" -Warlock Asylum
"Blind Uncle Harry unveils a crafty delight with Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven that will keep you on the edge of your seats. The song’s upbeat vibe, stirring live instrumentation, and real-to-life lyricism make for a fun and memorable experience."
"...lends itself easily to repeat listens, each time gleaming something new from the lyrics. It sounds like it would be incredibly fun in a live setting. Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven is gives off the vibe of a pub song, perfect for drunken singalongs. For anybody who is looking to forget their worries, I would suggest listening to Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven."
"In a world of political correctness it is refreshing to have an artist unashamedly embrace their authentic and honest ideology without fear of a negative backlash." Woke Chimp
"This powerful attitude coupled with skilful songwriting and performing talent is without doubt what makes Blind Uncle Harry stand out to his fans. Known for their boisterous live performances, solos and crowd sing-along moments Blind Uncle Harry is without doubt an artist who entertains."
Sung With Honesty and Integrity, Blind Uncle Harry Creates a Communal Presence on the Infectious “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven”. -Beach Sloth
"Rustic vibes run through Blind Uncle Harry’s joyous “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven”. Going for something with true grit and soul, the way they let their energy pour out feels so satisfying. They simply burst forth with so much love that it becomes impossible to resist their charms. Instrumentally vibrant they incorporate so much color into the mix. Best of all though are those unfettered vocals that ring proud and true. Volume is a must for this is a piece that yearns to be felt."
"The earth is flat, the super rich are dimension travelling lizards, the nazi’s have an underground base in Antartica..or is it on the moon, I can’t remember, and Arlo Guthrie once jammed with The Foggy Mountain Boys. Okay, there isn’t much evidence for the first three but Blind Uncle Harry is certainly proof of the latter proposition. The timing might not quite work and of course there is no documented evidence but just listen to Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven and tell me that it wasn’t inspired by just such a meeting of madness and music. It’s all obvious in this blend of hippie folk fun and bluegrass hoe-downing, sing along lyrics and groove along rhythms." -Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture
"Infectious ...thought-provoking and unapologetic... Here’s a great example of what it means to make music without boundaries or barriers." -Bandcamp Diaries
"Are we not all gay, lesbian, pansexual, transgender, potsmoking, acid trippin…. Hippies?" -She Wolf (Germany)
“...rule breaking, hands waving, unapologetic blast of living life off the cuff.” -Red Carpet Living Blog
"Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven is the ultimate affirmation of lgbtq identity and all things progressive... he's somehow expressed solidarity with every group maligned by mainstream conservatives while still being laugh out loud funny. If I could pick one track to be the theme song for the Revolution, this is it." -Whittaker Evans
"Superb instrumentation, gorgeous harmonies, and some of the best lyrics we’ve heard this year, Blind Uncle Harry will make you laugh, cry, and piss you off- often in the same song." WIUX Radio Bloomington Indiana
"Blind uncle Harry is king of the sing along" Bloomington Herald Times
"Blind Uncle Harry is a musical antidote to these politically poisonous times." Frankie Farrell, WFHB Radio
Blind Uncle Harry is the stage name for Chris 'Harry' Doran a critically acclaimed singer songwriter based in Bloomington, Indiana. He took the name Blind Uncle Harry from his actual great Uncle Harry, who was indeed blind. He was a fiddle player and sparked a life long appreciation of the power of one man and an instrument.
Harry 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 extended solos. There is nothing quite like a Blind Uncle Harry performance with the audience singing and at times screaming along to "Jesus is Comin' in a Rat Turd", "Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over", "Burn Down the High School" and Indiana.
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”, most reviewers use the words Americana, bluesy, funny, and occasionally, poet, in their reviews of Harry's music. He is most often compared to Billy Bragg (UK), Todd Snider (USA) and David Rovics (USA).
When playing with his band, they remind people of everyone from Arlo Guthrie jamming with Flatt & Scruggs/ Foggy Mountain Boys 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 his band 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.
Harry's 2020 album The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry received rave reviews, has been played on over 120 stations across the United States, charted on the NACC Folk Chart, and placed a number of songs on stations' weekly Top 20 playlists. The album's single "Hillbilly Hippie Haiku was also lauded by critics, as was Harry's 2020 holiday single "Christmas Day in Australia". It too charted on the NACC Folk Chart.
The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry features superb bluegrass instrumentation, catchy vocal hooks and harmonies while expanding the radical wit and lyrical expression Harry is known for. Politically charged yet still irreverent, the album makes fun of pretty much everything mainstream American from the work ethic to all things conservative christian. Yet it still manages to be laugh out loud funny, especially Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven, D Chord Hammer Ditty, Uh Oh (Sounds Like Somebody Pissed Off Jesus), Indiana, and It's All Fucked (Donald Trump is President).
For good reason Harry is known as the "king of the sing along", and the album does not disappoint, with live show sing along favorites Cry Me a Rainbow, Song for the Revolution, and Savannah Kentuckiana included. And of course it wouldn't be Blind Uncle Harry without a healthy dose of twisted love gone wrong songs Emma Lynn, Long Lonesome Tune, Strip Mining My Heart, Sunny Afternoon) that only he could come up with.
Blind Uncle Harry has performed solo throughout the United States, and completed his first European solo tour in 2019.
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PRAISE FOR THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BLIND UNCLE HARRY ALBUM
"...might just be the strangest and most brilliant album to pass your way in a long time." -Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture Music Blog
"I think that the point of us being here is so that we can unify all the broken and conflicting bits of the universe through song, to attract the opposites, to drum up the primal musical forces and make them dance together in one healing ritual. If this is the case... then The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry might just be a sort of cosmic hymn sheet. Or it might just be the strangest and most brilliant album to pass your way in a long time."
4.1 out of 5 - TOP ALBUM
"The cocktail of emotions for one were incredible. It’s an album that is tender, warm, earnest, heartfelt and so clever and funny. ...Take for instance “D Chord Hammer Ditty” which was just genius. On top of that the instrumentations and vocals are glorious. ...There are so many other great songs that combine fantastic wordplay and creative music. ...As the album progresses the band just crushed."
"I rarely find music that can feel this emotional yet not overly heavy. The balancing act of humor along with the more familiar emotions you hear on records rarely sounds this good. Highly recommended."
"Fans of upbeat bluegrass country music with a twist of anti-establishment, politically charged humour will love Blind Uncle Harry’s new album!" -Woke Chimp Music Blog
"Featuring strong bluegrass instrumentation coupled with vocal hooks and harmonies that will embed themselves within your subconscious for hours after a listen, this album does not disappoint."
"Addressing politically charged topics without reverence, the lyrical content of this album will assuredly appease the hardcore Blind Uncle Harry fans who revel in his poetic rebellion against mainstream expectation."
"He makes fun of pretty much everything mainstream American -- from the work ethic to all things conservative christian. Some call Blind Uncle Harry the "king of the sing along," and the album has plenty of opportunities for you to sing til your quarantined neighbors bang at your door"
"At a time when even the COVID-19 pandemic is being politicized, the album's sexy bluegrass instrumentation, catchy vocals and sweet harmonies provide some musical mental relief to our nation's chaos."
"a delightful trip" -Beach Sloth