We here at Chocodog Records and Reincarnate Music are pleased to add Chris
Harford to our little circle of friendship, and announce the release of
Looking Out for Number 6. People in the Northeast are probably already
familiar with Chris, as this New Jersey native has been writing, recording,
and playing music for nearly 2 decades. This release marks his 8th solo album.
Previous to launching a solo career, Chris was a member of celebrated early
80's Boston band Three Colors. Always in good musical company, fellow
band members included Dana Colley, saxophonist in the legendary band Morphine,
and Hub Moore, who went on to release an amazing album for Slash Records in
the late '90s, produced by Chris.
Chris' solo career took off when he recorded an album for Elektra Records released
in 1992,the critically acclaimed Be Headed, which featured guest appearances
by Richard Thompson, The Proclaimers, Toshi Reagon and Ween, among others. The
relationship with Elektra ended shortly thereafter, and since then Chris has
released 6 solo albums on his own label Soul Selects/Black Shepherd Records.
All 5 members of Ween have been working and gigging with Chris since 1990, and
it was through Chris that Ween ended up getting signed by Elektra in 1992.
So, it makes perfect sense that our first non-Ween release on Chocodog Records
would be the new Chris Harford album Looking Out for Number 6. The record was
recorded in New Hope, PA and was produced by Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween).
A prolific songwriter and talented guitarist, Chris has developed a devoted
fan base, becoming known for performing marathon concerts with a rotating stable
of the region's finest musicians, including many of the aforementioned, the
one constant being the name of his band, The Band of Changes. In keeping
with that vibe, it is fitting that the only guests on this album (outside of
Dean and Gene Ween) are two musicians who Chris met on the day the songs were
recorded (and hasn't heard from since). The music is extremely moody and visual
as Chris is also a gifted and successful painter. Chris has a massive and diverse
back catalog of great songs; his concerts frequently run from 3 to 4 hours and
are often performed with no setlist.
Chris likes to keep things spontaneous and in the moment and that's pretty
much the way Looking Out for Number 6 was recorded. Most of the songs were written
either in the studio or in the days just before the sessions, giving the album
a real sense of immediacy. It should also be noted that the record was recorded
on TAPE - that's right, TAPE - and subsequently mixed by Andrew Weiss, longtime
Ween producer and former member of the Rollins Band and Butthole Surfers.
So here it is, the new Chris Harford album on Chocodog Records/Reincarnate
Music - you don't really need to know any more biographical info to enjoy this
music, it sort of speaks for itself. Looking Out for Number 6 is set
for release on Chocodog Records /Reincarnate Music on October 3rd. Chris Harford
and the Band of Changes are playing select local NY/NJ dates this summer. A
tour is being scheduled for fall.
For more info please check out www.chrisharford.com.