"Might just be the strangest and most brilliant album to pass your way in a long time" DAVE FRANKLIN DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE ALBUM REVIEW 

"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."

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE 
https://dancing-about-architecture.com/2020/05/19/the-gospel-according-to-blind-uncle-harry-blind-uncle-harry-reviewed-by-dave-franklin/ 

It is often the case that you can listen to a release from a forthcoming album and that song acts as a sort of sonic roadmap, a stylistic signpost as to what the fully formed beast is going to be all about. What was great about Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven was that after experiencing its eclectic, energetic, euphoric, philosophical funning and punning you just thought, “well, god only knows what they will get up to next.” It made you, if anything,  less sure as to what to expect from them next yet more determined than ever to be there when it happened. 

The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry is a strange blend of blistering, bluegrass musicianship, hippy vibes, strange pseudo-intellectualism, summer of love sentiments and raggedy folk jams. And if all that sounds a bit of a mess then you need to loosen up a bit, you need to dump all of those over-produced pop records and silly TV talent show notions and remember that music is something that happens in the moment, a collision of ideas, the sound of the one part of the universe harmonizing with itself, humanity howling at the moons. 

If I have learnt anything about the meaning of life, and I certainly haven’t, then 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, and again, it’s a very long shot, 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. Either is fine really.

"This Album Does Not Disappoint"! Woke Chimp Blog Album Review 

"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."  

"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  
https://www.wokechimp.com/blind-uncle-harry-hillbilly-hippie-haiku-heaven  

The new single ‘Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven’ by Blind Uncle Harry is OUT NOW and available to stream on all major streaming platforms!  

ABOUT THE ARTIST  
Chris ‘Harry’ Doran, the Bloomington Indiana born country singer-songwriter received his stage name Blind Uncle Harry aptly from his great Uncle Harry who was unsurprisingly, actually blind. He began his music career as a fiddle player; a practice that led to his appreciation for the “power of one man and an instrument”.  

The stylistic specialisation of Blind Uncle Harry’s band is self-defined as “hillbilly hippie shreddin' folk rock”, an appropriate classification given the title of his new single! Known for their boisterous live performances, solos and crowd sing-along moments Blind Uncle Harry is without doubt an artist who entertains.  

With previous hit tracks such as ‘Jesus is Comin in a Rat Turd’, ‘Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over’ and ‘Burn Down the High School’, it isn’t overly surprising to hear that he is the only performer to have ever been banned by the Indiana University Union Board for referring to the venue operator Starbucks as “Starfucks” and insighting the crowd to sing “Burn Down the Kelly School of Business”.  

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. This powerful attitude coupled with skilful songwriting and performing talent is without doubt what makes Blind Uncle Harry stand out to his fans.  

LATEST RELEASE  
Blind Uncle Harry’s latest album ‘The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry’ was released in March of this year. 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.  

Fans of upbeat bluegrass country music with a twist of anti-establishment, politically charged humour will love Blind Uncle Harry’s new album!  

Be sure to follow Blind Uncle Harry on all of his social media platforms to keep up to date with his upcoming live performances and release dates!

HARRY'S INTERVIEW WITH VENTS MAGAZINE 

INTERVIEW: Blind Uncle Harry 

RJ Frometa  May 26, 2020 Artist Interviews Leave a comment

Hi Harry, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

Great! Thanks for having me! 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? 

I grew up in Ft Wayne Indiana, a very conservative place known as the city of churches. From about the age of five I couldn’t wait to get the hell out of there- it’s the “armpit of the christian right” in the song. In contrast Bloomington is an oasis of tolerance and acceptance, and as soon as I moved there to go to college “I knew that I was gonna be all right”. I tried to list everything that the people I grew up with were against, and that I was for while still being funny. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video? 

It was so much fun! We had a blast! The cue card opening was filmed in an alley just off the square in Bloomington and was (obviously) a take on Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. The convertible dance sequence was in my beloved beat up old Chrysler Sebring, and most of the other scenes like the kitchen hoedown were at Tecumseh House (my place), aka Blind Uncle Harry HQ. Apart from editing, I didn’t spend anything to make it. 

The single comes off your new album The Gospel According To Blind Uncle Harry – what’s the story behind the title? 

Ha! Great question! I take on a mock preacher persona when I play live, and exhort the crowd to bathe in the redemptive power of rock and roll to cure whatever’s ailing them. It’s very gratifying to have the crowd respond to “Can I get an amen! Can I get a hallelujah!” after I’ve just bashed the shit out of mainstream American values. 

How was the recording and writing process? 

I’m truly blessed to have so many great musicians to work with. We spent a lot of time on the harmonies and vocal hooks. Most of the songs had already been honed playing live, especially the bluegrass tunes, and most of the album was recorded live at Tecumseh House. 

What role does Bloomington play in your music?

I’d written a few songs but was way too insecure to perform live. When I moved back to Bloomington a few years ago, it was like heaven- a musical community that was not only tolerant, welcoming and inclusive, but also openly embraced me. Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven is my love song to Bloomington. 

What aspect of politics and religion did you get to explore on this record? 

Obviously I’m not a fan, to put it mildly, of conservative christian America. And while I really don’t give a shit if I offend someone, I still have an obligation as an artist to get my message across. I do my best to use humor to accomplish that. I’ve gotten some good ol’ boy rednecks to crack up to ‘Uh Oh- Sounds like Somebody Pissed Off Jesus’, and especially ‘Indiana’: “Of all the 50 states/ We’re the one that always rates/ Dumbest fattest and least likely to fornicate”. I’ve also had some threaten to beat the shit out of me. 

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics? 

Well, the love gone wrong songs were alas based on personal experience. Like ‘Emma Lynn’: “She said to please, please take of yourself/ She said to go be beautiful/ But for someone else.” ‘Strip mining My Heart’ was written by my brother Rick, who we lost tragically a few years back. So there’s some heartache and sorrow mixed in there. 

Any plans to hit the road? 

I’m so itching to hit the road! I spent all winter converting a school bus into a touring machine, and am now stuck because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Which is a small price to pay compared to all the people dying. 

What else is happening next in Blind Uncle Harry’s world? 

I’ve got two new finished albums, Courage to Love and Meth Bible Camp road, that we will be releasing over the coming year. Stay tuned! 

https://ventsmagazine.com/2020/05/26/interview-blind-uncle-harry/

"Blurs The Lines Between Blues, Americana, Gospel, and Folk" BANDCAMP DIARIES ALBUM REVIEW 

"Innovative... reminiscent of indie-folk acts such as Bright Eyes or The Tallest Man on Earth."

"blurs the lines between blues, Americana, gospel, and folk"

THE BANDCAMP DIARIES 
https://thebandcampdiaries.com/post/618754211078897664/blind-uncle-harry-presents-the-gospel-according 

Blind Uncle Harry presents: The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry 

May 2020 Blind Uncle Harry is back on the scene with a distinctive studio album titled “The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry.” The release blurs the lines between blues, Americana, gospel, and folk, going for a diverse approach. This has traditional elements in it, but it also quite innovative, especially when it comes to creating upbeat melodic textures, at times reminiscent of indie-folk acts such as Bright Eyes or The Tallest Man on Earth. 

The beautiful opening track, “Long Lonesome Tune” is actually a great example of what I am talking about. In addition to that, “Sunny Afternoon” is perhaps one of my favorite tracks on the album, due to its care-free arrangement and personal vocals. This track has a 70s vibe, but it also reminds me of some 60s alt-folk music, such as earlier Bob Dylan. “It’s All Fucked” goes for a country blues vibe, and it goes for a earnest, upfront feel! 

Find out more about Blind Uncle Harry, and listen to “The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry,” which is currently available on the web. 

https://blinduncleharry.com/ 
https://blinduncleharry.bandcamp.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/BlindUncleHarry/

"A Delightful Trip" BEACH SLOTH ALBUM REVIEW 

“a delightful trip, one where Blind Uncle Harry draws from past originators of the sound of Americana like John Fahey to the more recent musings of Joanna Newsom."

"A warm communal spirit runs through [the] strangely inspirational “The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry”. The ancient rhythms and sounds of the album feel so welcoming as if they had always existed." 


BEACH SLOTH 
http://www.beachsloth.com/blind-uncle-harry-the-gospel-according-to-blind-uncle-harry.html 

A warm communal spirit runs through Blind Uncle Harry’s strangely inspirational “The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry”. The ancient rhythms and sounds of the album feel so welcoming as if they had always existed. Group play simply stuns for they all listen to each other giving plenty of space for the sounds to spread. Careful melodies recall a little bit of the weird folk movement in how it celebrated the past by putting its own spin on it. Forgoing the electric works wonders as well for it gives the atmosphere a rustic charm. 

“Long Lonesome Tune” sets the tone for the album featuring a blissful jaunty tempo. Going for a childlike sense of wonder is “Cry Me A Rainbow” whose inclusion of so much color feels profound. On “Song For The Revolution” they offer a different view of the sadness that consumer culture inevitably brings people. The delightful ramshackle of “Savannah Kentuckiana” explores the happiness that comes from truly embracing rural America. Incredible strings dominate the lovely “Strip Mining My Heart”. Quiet with a bit of reflection is “Sunny Afternoon”. Bringing things to a fantastic conclusion is the weirdness of the ode “It’s All Fucked”. 

“The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry” proves to be a delightful trip, one where Blind Uncle Harry draws from past originators of the sound of Americana like John Fahey to the more recent musings of Joanna Newsom.

"Harry's Wittiness is a Joy" URBFASH ALBUM REVIEW 

"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." 

"Harry's wittiness is a joy." 

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URBFASH 
http://www.urbfash.com/2020/05/music-review-gospel-according-to-blind.html 

Singer-Songwriter, Blind Uncle Harry's alt country album, "The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry," is quickly gaining rotation on college and community radio stations across the United States. 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.  

Harry's wittiness is a joy.  He 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.   

The Bloomington, Indiana crooner was born Chris 'Harry' Doran.  The name Blind Uncle Harry came 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. 

You can stream the whole album on Spotify or Bandcamp. 

https://open.spotify.com/album/3agVRiQ4IJ0DaHdjwX7d8z?si=XtKMoFBZRvud752nfbl09g 
https://blinduncleharry.bandcamp.com/album/the-gospel-according-to-blind-uncle-harry 

My favorite track on the album is Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven. The song plays on the strings of classic Americana music, with the finesse of folk, country, blues, and rock. The lyrics are truly American as well, making light of all of the modern partisan hot button issues. Check out the video below... 

 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, with live show audience participation 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. The album features instrumentation by Blind Uncle Harry regulars The Wonderhills, but it’s the gorgeous harmonies of Harry, Shelby Jo Everett, and Alexandra Burgan will be what you remember. It was primarily recorded at Tecumseh House studios in Harry's 130 year old house, with mixing and mastering at Bloomington's Blockhouse Studios with the superb Andy Beargie. 

WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA: 
https://blinduncleharry.com/ 
https://blinduncleharry.bandcamp.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/BlindUncleHarry/

"Hoe-Down Camper Van Beethoven" MUSIC STREET JOURNAL ALBUM REVIEW 

[Savannah Kentuckiana Is] "Hoe-Down Camper Van Beethoven. I love the redneck guitar solo." 

MUSIC STREET JOURNAL 
http://www.musicstreetjournal.com/index_cdreviews_display.cfm?id=107206 

This is a very strange set. Look at the cover to the disc, and scan the titles to the songs. Both of those things really fit this disc. The music here is essentially bluegrass, but it's very tongue-in-cheek and it presents a dichotomy. First, the musicianship is actually strong, but the music (and particularly the vocals) at times have a loose grasp of being on key with each other. Given the skill level conveyed, and the odd humor of many of the lyrics, I have to assume that's artistic choice. Besides, it's not all that unusual for the type of music this is emulating. This is like bluegrass music that seems meant to make fun of bluegrass music, both lyrically and musically. Yet, the talent still shines through. In a lot of ways this more quirky alternative rock music than it is bluegrass in terms of mindset. Yet, the music is all bluegrass, country and folk. However you see this, it's designed for a specific audience, and likely to turn off a lot of other people. It's important to note that there are frequent parental advisories for the lyrics. 

Track by Track Review 

Long Lonesome Tune 
Old school bluegrass is on the menu here. Other than the recording quality, this really feels like something that could have been recorded in the 1920s. There are both male and female voices here, and traditional bluegrass instrumentation guides the music of the piece. 

D Chord Hammer Ditty 
Closer to folk music, this still has a lot of country and bluegrass built into it. I have to say that I'm not a fan of this song, either from a musical or lyrical point of view. I'd consider this the "pass it up" song of the set, but your mileage may vary. 

Cry Me a Rainbow 
The folk concepts are pretty dominant here. The male vocal on the piece calls to mind Bob Dylan a bit. The arrangement has a lot going on. It has a tendency to be a bit too busy in some ways. 

Song For The Revolution 
Bluegrass and folk music merge on this down-home number. This is one of the more successful pieces of the set. 

Uh Oh (Sounds Like Somebody P***ed Off Jesus) 
More than the first minute of this is acapella. Then the whole group join in on the chorus, which is mostly the parenthetical of the title. This cut is really bizarre, but in a good way. It's sure to offend some people. 

Savannah Kentuckiana 
The bluegrass concepts on this are fun. This is one of the stronger pieces here. In some ways I think I'd describe this is a "hoe-down Camper Van Beethoven." I love the redneck guitar solo. 

Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven 
Fast-paced bluegrass is the order of business here. This number is silly, in a good way. It's a fun tune. 

Strip Mining My Heart 
A much mellower piece, this has some intricate instrumental work. It also has a very down-home feeling to it. I particularly like the violin (or should I say "fiddle?") on it. 

Emma Lynn 
Slower moving and less powered up than some of the music here, this is an intriguing cut. It is essentially a ballad. 

Sunny Afternoon 
This number earns a parental advisory. There is an odd silliness to the tune, although it's also rather serious. Folk and bluegrass merge on the number. 

Indiana 
The jus harp is a nice touch. The down-home vibe on this is a lot of fun. I'd consider this piece to be a highlight of the set. This does get a bit of a parental advisory, too. The section on "sundown towns" is likely to offend based on some of the lyrics, but honestly, the tune is sure to offend a lot of people, and it's all meant to make fun of the people who use those terms in real life. 

It's All F***ed 
I guess I don't need to tell you that this track earns a parental advisory, right? This has more of the down-home sound we've come to expect here. The lyrics are actually pretty funny, and a real juxtaposition to the music. There is a little studio chatter at the end of this piece.

"Harry Is Without Doubt An Artist Who Entertains" Woke Chimp Blog Review of Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven 

"Blind Uncle Harry is without doubt an artist who entertains."

"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 
https://www.wokechimp.com/blind-uncle-harry-hillbilly-hippie-haiku-heaven 

The new single ‘Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven’ by Blind Uncle Harry is OUT NOW and available to stream on all major streaming platforms! 

ABOUT THE ARTIST 
Chris ‘Harry’ Doran, the Bloomington Indiana born country singer-songwriter received his stage name Blind Uncle Harry aptly from his great Uncle Harry who was unsurprisingly, actually blind. He began his music career as a fiddle player; a practice that led to his appreciation for the “power of one man and an instrument”. 

The stylistic specialisation of Blind Uncle Harry’s band is self-defined as “hillbilly hippie shreddin' folk rock”, an appropriate classification given the title of his new single! Known for their boisterous live performances, solos and crowd sing-along moments Blind Uncle Harry is without doubt an artist who entertains. 

With previous hit tracks such as ‘Jesus is Comin in a Rat Turd’, ‘Dopesmokers of the World Unite and Take Over’ and ‘Burn Down the High School’, it isn’t overly surprising to hear that he is the only performer to have ever been banned by the Indiana University Union Board for referring to the venue operator Starbucks as “Starfucks” and insighting the crowd to sing “Burn Down the Kelly School of Business”. 

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. This powerful attitude coupled with skilful songwriting and performing talent is without doubt what makes Blind Uncle Harry stand out to his fans. 

LATEST RELEASE 
Blind Uncle Harry’s latest album ‘The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry’ was released in March of this year and is the follow up album to the critically acclaimed ‘Visualize Industrial Collapse’ (2015). 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. 

The featured track ‘Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven’ begins almost comically with Blind Uncle Harry addressing the listener directly to help teach the chorus, followed by the statement, “the rest of the song goes like this”. The track incorporates a female vocal harmony line that perfectly compliments the lead vocal. The instrumentation sticks to a steady upbeat rhythm throughout with a solo break at around the 2:31 mark hilariously coupled with a vocal imitation of said solo. 

The chorus is comprised of a series of statements that would be considered somewhat controversial if the listener is an individual that has a hard right leaning political stance, at least in the states. Fans of upbeat bluegrass country music with a twist of anti-establishment, politically charged humour will love Blind Uncle Harry’s new album! 

Be sure to follow Blind Uncle Harry on all of his social media platforms to keep up to date with his upcoming live performances and release dates!

"Fun, Upbeat and Hilarious... Just Makes You Want To Sing Along" Skope Magazine Review of Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven 

"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."    

"...just makes you want to sing along. It sounds like it would be incredibly fun in a live setting. Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven is gives off the vibe of pub song, perfect for drunken singalongs." 

"I don’t know if all of Blind Uncle Harry’s songs are this hilarious or blunt, but I really enjoyed this one. ...the song lends itself easily to repeat listens, each time gleaming something new from the lyrics. 

Blind Uncle Harry New Single “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven” by Skope Magazine • April 9, 2020  

I jumped into Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven completely unaware of what to expect. I’m glad I was not taking a drink because I surely would have spit it out. I don’t know if all of Blind Uncle Harry’s songs are this hilarious or blunt, but I really enjoy this one. With a title like Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven I should have been able to guess that it was going to be something ridiculous, but I only woke up a little bit ago before starting this so my brain must not be at full capacity yet. 

It’s a fairly straight-forward tack with the hyper-country sound to it. There’s a banjo being picked throughout, which oddly, I enjoy a great deal. Banjoes are very underrated instruments, in my opinion. That’s about it. There are really no other instruments used. I think this really adds an element of authenticity to the song. It may be a comedic track, but it’s one thing to just have silly lyrics, and another to dive headfirst into the atmosphere and really sell the goofiness of a song.  

Blind Uncle Harry’s voice is fairly unique, playing up the stereotypes of what we think hillbillies sound like. The speed of his delivery makes it difficult to grasp every word that he sings throughout the song. But this means the song lends itself easily to repeat listens, each time gleaming something new from the lyrics. The length of the track is surprising to me as it doesn’t feel like it is five minutes. 

I liked the layering of vocals throughout the track as well. It gives it this messy, spontaneous aesthetic that just makes you want to sing along. It sounds like it would be incredibly fun in a live setting. Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven is gives off the vibe of pub song, perfect for drunken singalongs. I love a good Irish pub type of song and it’s nice to hear a song that is in that vein but from a more, well, hillbilly point of view.  

The song is fun, upbeat, and hilarious. It’s simple and easily accomplishes what it wants to say and do. Blind Uncle Harry, who for some reason I keep calling Henry, must have known he was on to something with this track. He comes off with the lyrics and tune in a way that it sounds like he is making up on the spot. The whole song is weird but enjoyable. 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. Written by PhantomAngel 

https://skopemag.com/2020/04/09/blind-uncle-harry-new-single-hillbilly-hippie-haiku-heaven

"Infectious... Thought-Provoking and Unapologetic” Bandcamp Diaries Review of Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven  

"Infectious" "thought-provoking and unapologetic”..."keeps you on the edge of your seat, making you think of what he might be saying next!"                                                                                                    
“Here’s a great example of what it means to make music without boundaries or barriers." 

  "classic country vibe"..."lends itself easily to repeat listens, each time gleaming something new from the lyrics."  

Blind Uncle Harry - Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven THE BANDCAMP DIARIES REVIEW  

April 2020 - Blind Uncle Harry came back on the scene with a new single titled “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven.” The track has a diverse production, which sets the bar higher in terms of music production and aesthetics. The lyrics poke fun at various stereotypes, while the music has a classic country vibe, inspired by Americana, Folk, and other styles. There is a very ironic twist to this track, making the listening experience all the more fun and engaging. One of the best things about this track is that it always keeps you on the edge of your seat, making you think of what these people might be saying next! The song is thought-provoking and unapologetic, going for a direct vibe. Here’s a great example of what it means to make music without boundaries or barriers.  

Find out more about Blind Uncle Harry, and don’t miss out on “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven,” a single that’s just as colorful and unique as its title implies. You will find the record on Bandcamp, as well as other music streaming platforms on the web. 

https://thebandcampdiaries.com/post/615009133519863808/blind-uncle-harry-hillbilly-hippie-haiku?fbclid=IwAR0RqNPRwicIfHNKPO7E1j_i3fkEw9tsy1veh7vk2guws9HozhwkwC6h2js

"Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven Is A Winner!" WARLOCK ASYLUM HHHH REVIEW 

"Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven is a winner! 

...the electrifying singer and songwriter Chris ‘Harry’ Doran aka Blind Uncle Harry has a new single titled Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven that will leave you in awe!"  

"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."                                                                                                                                              

Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven by Blind Uncle Harry BY WARLOCK ASYLUM ON APRIL 10, 2020

Based out of Bloomington, Indiana, the electrifying singer and songwriter Chris ‘Harry’ Doran aka Blind Uncle Harry has a new single titled “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven” from the album The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry that will leave you in awe! Chris took the name Blind Uncle Harry from his actual great Uncle Harry, who was indeed blind. 

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. Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven is a winner!

https://warlockasyluminternationalnews.com/2020/04/10/hillbilly-hippie-haiku-heaven-by-blind-uncle-harry/?fbclid=IwAR0i3ouIebAlb5YlIgOyotezx7aFZ0lVnJ3nBM3SHRt26_wwMZAHMzd98wA

"This Is A Good Number That You Should Definitely Listen To!" She Wolf Blog Review of Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven 

"Are we not all gay, lesbian, pansexual, transgender, potsmoking, acid trippin…. Hippies?"

SHE-WOLF (GERMANY) 
http://she-wolf.eu/kurios-blind-uncle-harry-bringt-uns-den-gospel-mit-hillbilly-hippie-haiku-heaven/ 

Auf seine ganz besondere Art ist das Album The Gospel According To Blind Uncle Harry eine Skurilität. Der Folk Rock Musiker aus Illinois veröffentlicht ein Album, dass wie es der Name schon vermuten lässt, sich mit Gospel auseinander setzt. Doch hier geht es nicht um Kirchen-Funk, sondern um Folk Rock. Veröffentlicht wurde das ganze Opus am 08. April über das Label Lumpen Records. Das Kunstvolle Cover ist ja mal eine definitive Augenweide und so lassen wir uns nicht Lumpen und hören uns heute mal im Spotlight den Song Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven, hervorgehoben aus The Gospel According, in Ruhe an. 

Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven läutet mit einer Ankündigung an und man ist schon gespannt, was einem da in wenigen Sekunden erwarten wird. An und für sich wurde hier nicht zu viel versprochen. Unter der Einbeziehung von Geige und Cello wird ein absolutes Südstaatenfeeling zum Publikum transportiert. Leider ist der Gesang etwas zu Laut und übertönt den Gesang. Wenn man den Song so hört, weiß man nun nicht, ob die rübergebrachte Message Ironisch und Humorvoll oder Todernst gemeint ist. Wir gehen mal von ersterem aus und behaupten, dass sich Uncle Harry wohl nicht zu ernst nimmt. Dies merkt man schon an der fröhlichen Stimmung des Titels. Die Instrumente werden selbstverständlich beherrscht und präsentieren ein interessantes Ensemble der Instrumente. Leider könnte das ganze lyrisch etwas negativ aufgefasst werden und SJW’s auf den Plan rufen, welche das Messer Wetzen werden. An und für sich macht der fröhlich stimmende Song aber versöhnlich, ist talentiert gespielt und hat von seinem Sound gesehen einen echten Charme. Die Produktion ist wahrlich der Marke Wohnzimmer und dennoch kann der Song alleine durch sein musikalisches Potenzial und das Talent der hier amtierenden Musikers glänzen. 

Fazit 8 von 10: Sind wir nicht alle Gay, Lesbian, Pansexual, Transgender, Potsmoking, Acid Trippin…. Hippies? Ich denke der Sarkasmus sollte hier erkennbar sein. An und für sich ist das eine gute Nummer, die ihr euch unbedingt mal anhören solltet! 

**TRANSLATION VIA GOOGLE** 

In a very special way, the album The Gospel According To Blind Uncle Harry is a bizarre thing. The folk rock musician from Illinois released an album that, as the name suggests, deals with gospel. But this is not about church radio, but about folk rock. The whole opus was released on April 8th through the label Lumpen Records. The artful cover is a definite feast for the eyes and so we do not allow ourselves to be ragged and listen to the song Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven, highlighted from The Gospel According, in the spotlight. 

Hillbilly hippie Haiku Heaven rings with an announcement and you are curious what will be waiting for you in a few seconds. In itself, not too much was promised here. With the inclusion of violin and cello, an absolute southern feeling is conveyed to the public. Unfortunately, the vocals are a bit too loud and drown out the vocals. If you listen to the song like this, you don't know whether the message conveyed is ironic and humorous or deadly serious. We start from the former and claim that Uncle Harry doesn't take himself too seriously. You can tell from the happy mood of the title. The instruments are of course mastered and present an interesting ensemble of instruments. Unfortunately, the whole thing could be interpreted lyrically a little negative and call SJW’s on the map, who will sharpen the knife. In and of itself, the happy tuning song makes conciliatory, is played talented and has a real charm from its sound. The production is truly the living room brand and yet the song can shine solely through its musical potential and the talent of the musicians in office here. 

Conclusion 8 out of 10: are we not all gay, lesbian, pansexual, transgender, potsmoking, acid trippin…. Hippies? I think the sarcasm should be recognizable here. In itself, this is a good number that you should definitely listen to!

"Fans of Folk Music Should Give This Song a Listen" Music Industry News Network Review of Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven 

Song Review: “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven” By Blind Uncle Harry MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS NETWORK 

April 9 - Blind Uncle Harry has released the song “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven”, which appears on their album, “The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry”. Fans of folk music should give this song a listen.  

Instead of launching right into the chorus, the song starts with the lead vocalist saying “The chorus goes like this.” Said chorus is a banjo-driven, lyric-heavy offering between himself and a female background harmony. The first verse starts off similarly, with the lead vocalist saying “Alrighty, rest of the song goes like this.” The general message of the song is to paint a picture of the place in which they grew up, which should give the listener a taste of their lifestyle. This is demonstrated best through lyrics such as “Here in Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven/Don’t you know that I fit in oh so well.”  

The video for “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven” captures the mood of the song, in that it shows the band playing the song in different places where one would expect them to be based on the lyrics of the song. Between the song and the video, the listener/viewer should be able to understand who Blind Uncle Harry is and what their style of music is. 

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"Hypnotic" Glorious Fingerpicking Guitar Work" BEACH SLOTH Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven Review  

 "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. Volume is a must for this is a piece that yearns to be felt.” 

"Hypnotic.. Glorious fingerpicking guitar work" 

Blind Uncle Harry – Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven BEACH SLOTH BLOG REVIEW

April 10 - 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. Everything about it recalls Henry Flynt’s incredible celebratory work. From the fiddles to their eager singing, there is a welcoming presence about the piece. 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. 

After a short introduction, they establish the groove quite quickly. Pretty much they start things up with glorious fingerpicking guitar work. From there they let the rest of it rely upon the sheer playfulness of the lyrics. The mixture of storytelling and surrealism works wonder for the mix as they let things unfurl. By bringing together multiple vocalists they make sure to give it a living, breathing quality to it. Hypnotic with its mantra the way the song’s cyclical nature works in its favor feels life-affirming. Not a moment is wasted either as they take on a great deal of different sonic detours. Every moment goes right for the heart of the moment of things as it soars up into the sky.

Sung with honesty and integrity, Blind Uncle Harry creates a communal presence on the infectious “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven”.

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"Rule Breaking, Hands Waving, Unapologetic Blast of Living Life Off The Cuff" Red Carpet Living Review of Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven 

"Rule Breaking, Hands Waving, Unapologetic Blast of Living Life Off The Cuff"

RED CARPET LIVING 
https://redcarpetliving.wordpress.com/2020/04/13/hillbilly-hippie-haiku-heaven/ 

“Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven” 

Yes. 

Once again. Slowly. 

“Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven” 

It’s from the album The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry. 

But what does it taste like? 

Yes. 

I see that smile. 

That, ok, I’m down with it. I’m in. Might as well. How did you know. Little bit of every soul. 

The rest of it looks like this (yes, thee’s more) 

Unboxed, untamed, unstyled, and unsettled there’s nothing uncoordinated about this Haiku. (Expect for being the longest Haiku ever written). Even that explains the rule breaking, hands waving, unapologetic blast of living life off the cuff. True to the cord. 

The rest (and more) happens here 

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https://blinduncleharry.bandcamp.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/BlindUncleHarry/

"A Focused, Relentless Attack on the Status Quo" SKOPE MAGAZINE ALBUM REVIEW 

"A Focused, Relentless Attack on the Status Quo"

SKOPE MAGAZINE 
Blind Uncle Harry is Bloomington, Indiana singer-songwriter Chris ‘Harry’ Doran’s stage name. According to Doran’s biography, he does have a great uncle Harry, who is blind. His band describes its music as “hillbilly hippie shreddin’ folk rock.” The album, The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry, is just that – a stylistic melting pot. 

The album’s title includes the word ‘gospel,’ which is a word that can be defined as good news. So, with that in mind, what is the good news Blind Uncle Harry is bringing? Well, it’s certainly not the gospel message contained in the first four books of the New Testament, that’s for sure. One of these twelve tracks is called “Uh Oh (Sounds Like Somebody Pissed Off Jesus).” That’s about as irreverent as the album’s cover, which pictures the Pillsbury Doughboy hanging on the cross with the words “He Is Risen” captioning the picture. The song about a pissed off Jesus begins as a vocal-only lament, where its character tells us his tale of woe. About two-thirds of a way through, banjo and fiddle come in, along with a female backing vocal, which ups the tempo to hoedown level. 

This album is more enjoyable instrumentally than it is vocally. The playing is mostly acoustic and has a likably folkish and bluegrass-y vibe. Blind Uncle Harry sings in a warbly, off-key voice, which can make it difficult listening at times. His singing limitations are especially noticeable whenever his songs incorporate vocal harmonies. 

Many of these songs are intended to piss off those that love Jesus, more so than pissing off the Messiah himself. However, with our largely post-Christian contemporary culture, one has to wonder if there are even that many believers left to piss off. He sounds to be a disgruntled former churchgoer, who may be reaching out with his music to those that also experienced the same sort of self-imposed excommunication. Furthermore, he sounds to be coming from a far-left political perspective. He expresses some of his political viewpoints with “Song For The Revolution” and “Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven.” 

The album closes with a real downer called “It’s All Fucked.” It’s a track that pretty much sums up everything that precedes it. Blind Uncle Harry comes off like an unhappy guy, who would rather laugh at all the stupid people and things he sees, instead of crying his blues. Naturally, its lyric includes a shot at President Trump in this song, which has become common these days. 

If you find points where you relate to Blind Uncle Harry’s disgusted attitude, The Gospel According to Blind Harry may be a sound for your sore ears. It’s a focused, relentless attack on the status quo. Even if you’re already in Blind Uncle Harry’s socio-political camp, his singing voice may still grate on you after a while. It’s just not at all easy on the ears. When someone with these vocal limitations insists upon creating a full album of his singing, some might view this decision as indulgent. Whether you like it or not, though, Blind Uncle Harry is dedicated to getting his message out. Now, if he also has an instrumental album in him, we’d certainly love to hear that one next. 

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https://skopemag.com/2020/05/20/blind-uncle-harry-new-album-the-gospel-according-to-blind-uncle-harry 

Holy crap! Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven just got compared to Arlo Guthrie jamming with Flat and Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys! 

Holy crap! Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven just got compared to Arlo Guthrie jamming with Flat and Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys!

"hippie folk fun and bluegrass hoe-downing, sing along lyrics and groove along rhythms." 

"Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven nods to Dylan, the spirit of Woodstock, Haight-Asbury, The Grand Ole Opry, non-conformity and non-stop partying..."

 

Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven –  Blind Uncle Harry (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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. 

Okay, its a theory I am happy to abandon, especially as Blind Uncle Harry is a well established artist with a penchant for songs which blend wit and wisdom, faith and frivolity, prose and…something else beginning with p. sorry, I’m not as good at this alliteration as I thought, and I would hate to suggest that he is anything other than wholly original. 

Hillbilly Hippie Haiku Heaven nods to Dylan, the spirit of Woodstock –  the festival, Haight-Asbury, The Grand Ole Opry, non-conformity and non-stop partying, under the counter culture, the spirit of Woodstock –  the Peanuts character and dancing in the back of convertibles. What more could you possibly need?


https://dancingaboutarchitecture.info/2020/04/07/hillbilly-hippie-haiku-heaven-blind-uncle-harry-reviewed-by-dave-franklin/

Hail Fredonia Part Two 

Hail Fredonia! Thanks Fredonia Radio Systems WCVF, State University Of New York Fredonia for getting The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry onto the charts and for playing it in heavy rotation! 

As a Marx Brothers fan, I love that I'm on Fredonia Radio! Hail Fredonia! It's a real place, and a real university. Pretty sure Groucho and the rest of the Marx Brothers would have liked The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry, it's pretty funny:)

We've cracked another top 20 chart! 

We've cracked another top 20 chart! Thanks to  WVIA Public Radio/ NPR Pittston Pennsylvania for spinning The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry and keeping it in heavy rotation! Ordinarily public radio won't touch an album with song titles like Uh Oh-Sounds Like Somebody Pissed Off Jesus, It's All Fucked, let alone the content. Thanks for giving it a chance!

Top 20 chart! 

Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry cracked the top 20 chart at KBCZ 90.1 FM Boulder Creek Community Radio! Boulder Creek is located in the northern California hippie mountain paradise midway between Santa Cruz and La Honda. La Honda is where we played a memorable show a few years back at Apple Jack's, the awesome country dive bar not too far from Neil Young's ranch. Thanks KBCZ for keeping the album in heavy rotation!

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