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“Front and center here is John Forrest, who is equipped with a voice that was made to sing this kind of music. Across “New Heritage,” he sounds like he’s gargling gravel, but the coarseness of his vocals never overwhelms these snappy tunes. Harley Bourbon is imbued with the spirit of punk, but the songs are classic country, folk and rock, with all the melodic muscle you’ll find in those genre’s finest works. Forrest is backed by a tight, tough band, too. The rhythm section of Avery James Graveman (drums) and Nolan Thompson (upright bass) swing when it’s time to swing, rumble when it’s time to rumble and play it straight when straight is called for Musically, “New Heritage” is classic roots-rock, with touches of Irish punk, bar-room singalongs, honky tonk and psychobilly. Thematically, the album can be summed up by some of its song titles: “Coffin Nail,” “Here’s to my Boys,” “Pirate’s Code,” “Red Wine & Cigarettes,” “Wild One.””
““Old Empty Bottle” is packed top to bottom with strong songs and strong performances. It’s a heck of a listen”
"Don't miss this rootsy, but raging, acoustic rock band."
"Both bands were great. I had never heard Harley Bourbon before, but they’ve got Lucero’s sandpaper-throated alt-country down pat. I look forward to seeing them again."
"Eager to keep moving and see the sights, I mobbed down Broadway to John Henry’s to catch Bend’s Harley Bourbon. These guys do the barroom-bluegrass-rock shtick pretty well. They got me stomping my feet and dying for a whiskey (seven days sober… ugh). "
“With only a limited number of rehearsals under their collective belt, Harley Bourbon hit the pavement hard this past summer, playing anywhere and everywhere, quickly appealing to fans of other acoustic rock bands.”
"With only a limited number of rehearsals under their collective belt, Harley Bourbon hit the pavement hard this past summer, playing anywhere and everywhere, quickly appealing to fans of other acoustic rock bands"