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Harlen Simple | The Bastard Sons of the Beltway

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The Bastard Sons of the Beltway

by Harlen Simple

Harlen Simple sounds like what would happen if you put Robert Johnson, Neil Young, Social Distortion, Bill Withers, Sublime, and the Allman Brothers into a blender with some tequila and poured them out on stage.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Intro/Grind
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2. Best of Intentions
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3. In Your Shoes
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4. Whoa Is Me
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5. Dirty Water
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6. Zona
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7. Graduation Day
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8. Lie to Me
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9. Half My Fault
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10. Two and a Half Years
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11. Trouble in the Big House
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12. Sun Moon and Stars
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Album Notes
Harlen Simple is a band that crosses every invisible line and boundary in music. On any given night you’ll see Erick, Kenny, Ricky and Travis all trying to push and stretch boundaries as players and creators in today’s music scene.

The flexibility lies in the core members of the group. A veteran bass player in Kenny Morrow and funky beat maker in Ricky Coleman make the rhythm section seem like a machine. The machine runs at full tilt for hours on end with guitarists Erick Thomas playing unmistakable grooves with a distinctive touch that fuses everything from reggae guitar tones to nasty slide licks. The icing on the cake is the natural on the microphone, front man Travis Williams.

They refuse to follow rules and set lists. “We write them, they just don’t work, we get so wrapped up in it that we usually play 5-6 songs without stopping, before we realize that we planned on using a set list,” says Williams. This statement is so true that it only takes 10 minutes of a live performance to understand. The group looks like fish in water on stage, flowing from original to cover and back again, with a library of songs in and from every style of music that has hit their ears, they just let it out. The free flowing style has enabled them to fuse songs together, make new ones in the middle of a set, or just throw curveballs at each other as fast as they can think of them. They jump into every genre they’ve ever heard; this is how their material spans 8 decades of music. “We feel it; like everyone else in the band, I’m not up there to show you how technical I can play, or that I took a couple hours and learned a song note for note…(laughs). Hell no I don’t play the same stuff for our own stuff. We’re there to drink beer and have fun like everyone else, that’s a good time, and if everyone else is having fun then so are we,” Thomas remarks. Between the on and off stage antics that’s making their name and the body of work they’re creating, this is certainly an act worth seeing as soon as they hit a town anywhere near you.



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Incorrect information.
The drummer on the album is not Ricky Coleman. Also all song writing credit is not by Erick Thomas.