Samantha Harlow‘s debut full-length record, Love Letters, brought together her songs with a stellar Nashville team, including co-producer, Kenny Vaughn. While studio and stage notables like Jen Gunderman, John McTigue, Mike Shannon, Wes Burkhart, Simon Roper and background vocals from Derek Hoke fill the sounds, Harlow’s songs maintain their simple, sad essence. Love Letters is a bit melancholy lyrically, yet it steers clear of tear-in-my-beer tunes or man-hating anthems. The production separates this record from singer-songwriter folk, but it easily falls back into a solo or trio for live interpretations of the songs. Look for Harlow to tour more throughout the summer and expand her reach, as her songs and performances develop and grow.
- Samantha Harlow Amazon: Love Letters Harlow’s debut record follows up two independent EP’s. Co-produced with Kenny Vaughn, and backing vocals from Country Fried Rock alum, Derek Hoke. iTunes: Love Letters
- Gillian Welch Amazon: Revival One of Harlow’s “dream tours” to support or collaborate. iTunes: Revival
- Roger Miller Amazon: All Time Greatest Hits An inspiration to many songwriters! iTunes: All Time Greatest Hits
- Julie Lee Amazon: East Nashville Christmas Harlow would like to tour with her friend, Julie Lee. I chose this tune with Mike Farris because it was a nice blend of their voices on a traditional tune I happen to like. iTunes: An East Nashville Christmas
- Booker T. and the MG’s Amazon: Green Onions and Other Hits Harlow has a great story about interviewing the Stax Records house band bass player, who played on this specific recording of this song. iTunes: The Best of Booker T. and the MGs (Remastered)
- Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons Amazon: White Lighter Harlow has been on the road with Fletcher in the past. iTunes: White Lighter
- Dale Watson Amazon: One More Once More – Dale Watson’s Honky Tonk Swing Album Great dream line-up to open or sing with him! iTunes: Carryin’ On