Originally from New York City, Jesse Harris is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer of artists from all over the world. He has been making records since the mid 90s, when he started in the group Once Blue on EMI Records. It was his first experience writing for another singer, lead vocalist, Rebecca Martin. Combining folk, jazz and pop, the group defined a direction for Harris and was also notable for featuring the guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. As a solo artist since then Jesse has released 12 albums, including many with his former backing band The Ferdinandos, one all-instrumental recording (Cosmo), and his latest, Borne Away, an intimate and haunting solo acoustic presentation with subtle overdubs played or sung by Harris.
In 2003 he received the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year for Norah Jones’ breakout hit “Don’t Know Why,” from her debut album, Come Away With Me, which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Since then, Jones and Harris have collaborated many times through composing, producing, songwriting, and guest vocals. Harris also appears as guitarist on almost all of her albums. Recently Harris and Jones got together to record his song “It Was The Last Thing On Your Mind,” which is featured, along with a scene of them performing it, in the forthcoming comedy They Came Together, starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd.
Other artists who have covered his material include Smokey Robinson, Sasha Dobson (whose album Modern Romance he co-produced with Richard Julian), George Benson, Pat Metheny, and Solomon Burke, on whose album Like A Fire Harris also plays guitar and sings backing vocals. Songwriting collaborations have included Madeleine Peyroux, Lizz Wright, and Maria Gadu.
For their debut album as Star Rover, guitarist Will Graefe and drummer Jeremy Gustin began with the music of John Fahey and ended up in their own corner of a skewed, over-driven, weird America.
Will Graefe (Railbird, Miss Tess) and Jeremy Gustin (Delicate Steve, Larkin Grimm, Railbird) spent 2012 in a Bushwick loft – modest but airy and bright, with a wall of windows – so that, in the moments when their attention wavered from music, they could watch garbage trucks unloading across the street. Perhaps this is the reason that their attention so rarely wavered. While dissecting the records of John Fahey, Sonny Sharrock, Lighting Bolt, and Leadbelly, among others, they discovered other music yet-to-be-played and yet-to-be-heard.