Joey Harris Biography

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Joey Harris began his music career in the mid seventies playing lead guitar for proto-Americana singer-songwriter John Stewart. Joey headed a band called the Fingers from 1979 to 1981. In 1983, MCA records released Joey Harris and the Speedsters which showcased Joey's skill as songwriter, vocalist and guitar virtuoso. In 1983, Joey worked with Country Dick Montana in his band Country Dick and the Snuggle Bunnies. Little did he know what was in store for him when Country Dick asked Joey to join the Beat Farmers in January 1985.

With the Beat Farmers, Joey toured the the world, and wrote, sang, and played on five Beat Farmer albums sharing lead vocals with Jerry Raney and Country Dick. He also shared lead guitar duties with Raney helping making the Beat Farmers one of the most exciting touring bands of the time. The Beat Farmers appeared on Late Night with David Letterman featuring Joey singing his song Hideaway.

Joey also toured and recorded with Country Dick Montana, Dave Alvin and Mojo Nixon as a member of their Las Vegas style review band, the Pleasure Barons, releasing a live CD in 1993. Joey was on hand when Country Dick recorded his solo album featuring Mojo, Rosie Flores, Katy Moffitt, John Doe, Candye Kane, Dave Gonzales and Dave Alvin. The album was titled the Devil Lied to Me and was released posthumously 1996.

Country Dick Montana died onstage at the Longbranch Saloon in Whistler, British Columbia, November 11th 1995. The Beat Farmers soon disbanded and Joey toured with his own band, worked with songwriter Paul Kamanski, (who penned several Beat Farmer tunes) and Mojo Nixon. Joey was picked by Mojo to play lead guitar on his 1999 Sock Ray Blue album.

Joey joined forces with fellow Beat Farmer Jerry Raney to record the Powerthud release "Wide" in 2002.

In June 2009, the Joey Harris and the Mentals self-titled album was released with Joey on vocals and guitar, backed by San Diego musicians, Mighty Joe Longa, Jeff and Joel Kmak, and Josh Mader. Recorded and produced by Mississippi Mudshark, Scottie Mad Dog Blinn.
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