We first became aware of the energetic, charismatic and multi-talented Jordan Harvey prior to the pandemic as a member of King Calaway, when he had traded the beautiful countryside of Scotland for the bright lights on Nashville Tennessee. Now the Caledonian Cowboy is rising as a solo artist with his debut EP “It Is What It Is” being released via BMG/BBR Music Group at the beginning of the year (available HERE). As he was back over in Europe to play The Long Road Festival in addition to dates with Eli Young Band in the UK and Tenille Townes in Germany, it only felt right to catch up with Jordan during the festival to find out what he has been up to since the release of “It Is What It Is”.
It’s great to see you pal and great to have you playing here. “I’m excited, I don’t know if it’s Shrove Tuesday of Sheffield Wednesday right now but I’m excited to be here. You can put that in writing because that is a great quote.”
I like it, that’s definitely going into the bank to use myself. You’re not just back over here in Europe for the festival though, you’re opening up for some people here and doing some bits in Germany too. “Yeah, I’m doing a summit for my record label in Germany, then I come back here to do two dates with Eli Young Band in London and Glasgow before back to Germany with Tenille Townes.”
That makes sense now about the summit because when I spoke to Brooke Eden the other day, she said that she was coming over for the same thing and it has just clicked in my head because you are on the same label. “Yeah, I think I might be playing guitar for Brooke actually.”
That’s nice, she’s lovely and she’s playing some shows with Jackson (Dean) and Breland over there. What have you been up to since I last saw you at the back end of last year? The EP came out, so that must have been great to get that out there. “It’s been pretty hectic man, I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve just been so busy with radio tour, working the song at radio over there, touring and most recently, about six weeks ago I started working with a new producer and working really hard on this record right now. I don’t have a timeline on it but me, my buddy Rob who is the producer on this new record and Tom Jordan from Seaforth are doing this record together and truthfully I’m absolutely blown away by what we have started. I just hope that we can keep it up because the first few we’ve done are just the best things that I’ve ever done in my life. All songs are my babies but the best of me is to come and I can say that confidently. I’m so grateful for my first record and that, I’m so excited to go out and play these songs all year where some of these songs like “Along For The Ride” and “Alabama Girl” will forever live in my set.”
“I feel like with “It Is What It Is” it was my introduction into who I am as a person after leaving the band and parting ways with the boys, it was I am releasing music, I am here and the reception that I got blew me away man. I think we’ve had over five million streams on this record since January, which is pretty crazy for a brand new artist, it’s completely unknown and been great. I’ve had a lot of radio play over here from Absolute Radio Country, BBC Radio 2 with Bob Harris and a lot of stations up and down the country have been playing it which has been really amazing then it’s been doing really well over in America too. Like I say, I’m just keeping my eyes open, writing as much as I can and performing right now.”
I got to hang out with Tenille Arts earlier in the week and she speaks very highly of you, said some very nice things. “I paid her. I paid her a lot of money by the way for that.”
Well, Canadian’s are always super nice anyway so you probably could have kept that cash, but how did the two of you meet and become friends? “I’ve known Tenille for years. I’ve always been a fan, she’s a great artist all across the board from songwriting to vocally and the thing I like most about Tenille which you’ll know is that she’s a good person. She’s a great person at heart and I like good people, I want to surround yourself with good people. We met, got on super well and that’s really it man. Good people attract good people, so I don’t know what she is doing hanging out with me?”
Well, talking about good people, you mentioned you were working with Tom so how is your little football scene going with those Seaforth boys and Jordan (Dozzi) these days? “I tell you man, Tom Jordan is never setting foot on a football pitch again, he is ATTROCIOUS! It’s good man, we all get together and watch games. Me and Tom are big West Ham boys, obviously behind Heart of Midlothian for me but West Ham are my English team and I think Doz is liking West Ham these days as well actually which is kind of nice. Mitch just kind of punts for anyone, he doesn’t mind, he just likes watching the games and going to the pub. The boys are great man, they’re doing stellar.”
Mitch and Tom have obviously had some changes with what they’re doing and with their team but you had talked about possibly wanting to come over together and cause complete chaos, so do you think that is that something that could still happen at some point? “It would be an absolute riot mate! I’m thinking that it’s inevitable that it is going to happen, we’re definitely going to do it. I’m going to be in the studio with Tom when I get back next month and we will have a sit down and talk, I don’t know if it’s going to be next year, I would love it if it was next year and I think the people here would like it to be next year as well. There is going to be a time, be it next year or the year after that Seaforth and Jordan Harvey do a club tour up and down the UK. We’ll get over here and make some noise, then who knows, maybe we will try and bring Tenille with us too.”
Sounds good and sounds like a lot of fun so fingers crossed dude. With the rest of this weekend, are you hoping to be able to catch some other people play their sets and you’ve got one more set of your own too? “Yes, I’ve got one performance still to do. I will tell you that Avery Anna, I think she’s incredible and I met her for the first time today but I love her songs, think she’s a great writer that is young and up and coming. I think people should keep an eye out for her because she’s so talented and we need these young people in country music, we really do but we need these young stars in music generally and I’m a big fan so after speaking to her earlier, we’re going to do some writing together because I really respect her as a writer and a lovely human being. She’s got a great voice and she’s just got it, you just know when someone has it and she has it so I’m super excited for that. I’m playing the Kentucky stage, will take a wander around after and then I’m doing the hot dog thing later. I don’t know why I got signed up for that but I’m going to be like Joey Chestnut and do 47 hotdogs.”
Oh my God, ha ha. That’s when you get told you have been signed up for another slot but don’t get the full details. “Unbelievable isn’t it, I blame Jenny at Limetree! You can put that in writing too and with an exclamation mark ha ha. Great to see you mate and great to catch up.”
The debut EP “It Is What It Is” from Jordan Harvey is out now via BMG/BBR Music Group and available HERE. For more information on Jordan, you can check out his WEBSITE and you can keep up to date with him socially on INSTAGRAMTIKTOKTWITTER or FACEBOOK. The Long Road Festival will return in 2024 to Stanford Hall in Leicestershire over the weekend of 23rd to 25th August where the initial release of limited early bird tickets have already SOLD OUT. Further tickets will be available in the future on their WEBSITE which you can be the first to know when by checking out their socials on INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK.
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