THE CRITICS HAVE SPOKEN! HILLBILLY HIPPIE HAIKU HEAVEN IS A WINNER! CLICK ON DA PIC FOR VIDEO
"...the electrifying singer and songwriter Chris ‘Harry’ Doran aka Blind Uncle Harry has a new single that will leave you in awe! Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven is a winner!" -Warlock Asylum Music Blog
"Infectious" "thought-provoking and unapologetic... Here’s a great example of what it means to make music without boundaries or barriers." -The Bandcamp Diaries
“...rule breaking, hands waving, unapologetic blast of living life off the cuff.” -Red Carpet Living Music Blog
"Are we not all gay, lesbian, pansexual, transgender, potsmoking, acid trippin…. Hippies?" -She Wolf (Germany)
"Addressing politically charged topics without reverence, the lyrical content of this song will assuredly appease the hardcore Blind Uncle Harry fans who revel in his poetic rebellion against mainstream expectation." -Woke Chimp Music Blog
"...fun, upbeat, and hilarious. For anybody who is looking to forget their worries, I would suggest listening to Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven. I have no doubt that it will make your cares disappear." -Skope Magazine
"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
"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
“hypnotic" "glorious fingerpicking guitar work.” ..."They simply burst forth with so much love that it becomes impossible to resist their charms. Every moment goes right for the heart of the moment as it soars up into the sky.” "Best of all though are those unfettered vocals that ring proud and true. ” -Beach Sloth Music Blog
Holy crap! Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven just got compared to Arlo Guthrie jamming with Flat and Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys! (click the link)
"Feels like I've wandered into the best country jam this side of the Atlantic. With Dylan doing his thing and his muse reciprocating it is a delight of instinctual artistry." MP3hugger blog
"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
"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 performing stage name for Bloomington Indiana singer songwriter Chris 'Harry' Doran. 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".
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).
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.
Harry's most recent album, The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry, was released in 2020. It 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.
Harry 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.
Harry has toured throughout the United States, and completed his first European tour in the Fall of 2019.