Peace. We are very happy to announce a live concert celebrating Hank Harris’ newest CD, “Peace.” The concert will take place on The Matthews Opera House stage on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. BUY TICKETS
$15 Adults, $5 youth and BHSU students
Peace is a collection of Hank’s songs that create an almost visual soundscape for an unexpected and sometimes smooth and sometimes bumpy journey through North and South Americana.. Many brilliant musicians and friends from Nashville to Sioux Falls to Van Nuys to Redwood City have collaborated on the disc. Stories of peace, love both lost and found, flexibility, crisis and calm. Stories about life.
Hank has encompassed and assimilated a wide range of musical genres into his own distinct style. His telling of the story behind each song creates an intimate, immediate and relaxed atmosphere, honest and informal, genuine and vulnerable.
All age groups, in small concerts or large festival crowds, relate to his clear, sincere and poetic lyrics and music.
“As a songwriter, I’ve been chasing down songs for thirty-odd years; hundreds of songs…Up at dawn or up until dawn, whatever is necessary to capture lightning in a bottle. I have worked to render the ‘same old,’ the mundane and the ordinary, into magical and illuminated moments. The things we walk by and miss everyday, I make that my business.” Hank Harris Hank’s Deadwood Songbook performance features music, history and legends from minstrel shows to church hymns, vaudeville to ethnic folk music, piano parlor airs to cowboy songs and more.
Hank has worked with Red Willow Band, The Shades, Hank and Christy, DD and the Fayrohs (SD Music Association’s Hall of Fame inductees, 2011), and the Hegg Brothers’ Holiday Jam. His work with the Adams Museum Deadwood Songbook included two CDs and a SDPB video nominated for a Midwest Emmy. He wrote the soundtracks for two SDPB documentaries. He has produced eight solo recordings of original songs, including World Beat Cowboy, named “CD of the Year” by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
To put it simply, Jim is a true artist and the real deal. He’s performed in small intimate settings and in front of a thousand people on the main stage at the Sioux River Folk Festival, and he’s never failed to connect with each and every person there.
Maya Van Nuys
Maya is a junior at Stevens High School. She started playing violin at the age of 7 in the Black Hills Suzuki program. She quickly became interested in fiddling, and eventually the blues, thanks to her parents, Frank and Janet Van Nuys and her uncle, James Van Nuys.
She began playing gigs with James and Bob Fahey, and now occasionally tours with Americana artist Randy McAllister. Playing the violin is something she plans on using as a full-time career, and she is grateful to Hank for the opportunity to share in playing his original music.