Born to Hurt/Make Me Lose Control

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

Born to Hurt/Make Me Lose Control is the new double-single from singer/songwriter Sam Russell & his doo-wop + synth-pop backing band The Harborrats. The songs are their first studio release in four years and the first taste of upcoming album "The Wisconsin Polka."

“Make Me Lose Control” is a cover of the 1988 ballad by Eric Carmen of “Hungry Eyes” and The Raspberries-fame. Recorded in one take having never played the song prior, Sam and band reinterpret the song as a late-night lament on the limitations and helplessness felt in the wake of failure and loss. with heavy Leonard Cohen (R.I.P.) and Suicide shadings.

The songs also carry on Sam’s tradition of utilizing a wide variety of musical influences based primarily in traditional folk, soul and rock n ’roll with the psychedelic-synth sounds of Allison’s keyboards providing a modern bent. “Born to Hurt” encapsulates Sam’s range in miniature by alternating between Jack White-like gospel-drenched rockabilly and Bowie-equse sci-fi-tinged orchestral-pop

Born to Hurt and Make Me Lose Control will be released in throwback “cassingle” format and available at finer record stores, as well as online downloading and streaming outlets. More songs from The Wisconsin Polka will be shared as they are finished throughout the coming weeks and months.

Hit Sam & The Harborrats up at theharborrats@gmail.com
Sam Russell & The Harboorats website: thebluemoonbible.com
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  1. 1 Born to Hurt 03:32 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Make Me Lose Control 06:49 Info Buy
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Live at Columbia City Theater EP

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

The "Live at Columbia City Theater" EP is a preview of songs from the upcoming album release from Sam Russell & his backing band the Harborrats!

Heard here for the first time in the band's unofficial anthem "Teen Soul Explosion" which celebrates the 50's/60's doo-wop & rock n' roll the band derives much of their sound from.

"The Red Lighthouse" also harkens back to the doo-wop era and crosses it with surf-rock to make for a strong highlight of the TSE's live shows.

"Broken Chandelier's" is a soul/faux-reggae filibuster, ratcheting up the energy and tension as it goes, providing an excellent example of Sam & the 'rats' live prowess.

Enjoy "Live at Columbia City Theater" as a taster of both live shows and songs to come then go check 'em out for yourself! Check for upcoming dates and news at www.thebluemoonbible.com. Studio versions of these songs will be available on the band''s upcoming album release, stay tuned for details!
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  1. 1 Teen Soul Explosion 04:49 Info Download
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  2. 2 The Red Lighthouse 05:09 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Broken Chandeliers 06:00 Info Buy
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The Katie Sermon

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“The Katie Sermon” is the first release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible project, an ongoing series of 8 albums with 8 songs apiece inspired by "The Odyssey" and James Joyce's "Ulysses." With styles ranging all over the Americana map from rock n’ roll, soul, country and gospel to doo-wop, punk and funk, he albums together tell one big story of love stumbled upon then lost and found over and over again, with different characters “portrayed” by Sam and his fellow Harborrat singers.

”The Katie Sermon” was released in August 2006 and became a regional hit in the Pacific Northwest, featured in heavy rotation at Seattle’s 90.3 KEXP.

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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The Youngest Sister

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“The Youngest Sister” is the second release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible project, an ongoing series of 8 albums with 8 songs apiece inspired by" The Odyssey" and James Joyce's "Ulysses." With styles ranging all over the Americana map from rock n’ roll, soul, country and gospel to doo-wop, punk and funk, he albums together tell one big story of love stumbled upon then lost and found over and over again, with different characters “portrayed” by Sam and his fellow Harborrat singers.

"The Youngest Sister"is the most classic-rock influenced of the Blue Moon Bible, featuring heavy and dirty layered-guitars in the styles of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Led Zeppelin and The Ramones. Punk, irish and folk melodies resonate throughout in both wild and tender fashion.

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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  1. 1 Tire Swing (for Joanna) 03:58 Info Buy
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  2. 2 One More Cigarette 04:22 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Fire at Captain Mike's 08:13 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Dear Jonathan Richman 03:34 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Elizabeth Street 02:43 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Empty Parking Lots (featuring Michael Spaly) 04:01 Info Buy
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  7. 7 The Youngest Sister 04:09 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Letter to Paul Auster 06:09 Info Buy
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The Salted Caramel Sinner

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“The Salted Caramel Sinner” is the third release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible project, an ongoing series of 8 albums with 8 songs apiece inspired by" The Odyssey" and James Joyce's "Ulysses." With styles ranging all over the Americana map from rock n’ roll, soul, country and gospel to doo-wop, punk and funk, he albums together tell one big story of love stumbled upon then lost and found over and over again, with different characters “portrayed” by Sam and his fellow Harborrat singers.

"The Salted Caramel Sinner" features epic arrangements and grand orchestrations to match the wide range of emotion and subject on display by Sam and company.

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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The Sugar Nile

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“The Sugar Nile” is the forth release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible project, an ongoing series of 8 albums with 8 songs apiece inspired by" The Odyssey" and James Joyce's "Ulysses." With styles ranging all over the Americana map from rock n’ roll, soul, country and gospel to doo-wop, punk and funk, he albums together tell one big story of love stumbled upon then lost and found over and over again, with different characters “portrayed” by Sam and his fellow Harborrat singers.

"The Sugar Nile" features wistful and brief folk-based meditations throughout and the vocals of Allison Tulloss, who takes lead vocals on "New Duds for the Captain."

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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The Water Balloon

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“The Water Balloon” is the second release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible project, an ongoing series of 8 albums with 8 songs apiece inspired by" The Odyssey" and James Joyce's "Ulysses." With styles ranging all over the Americana map from rock n’ roll, soul, country and gospel to doo-wop, punk and funk, he albums together tell one big story of love stumbled upon then lost and found over and over again, with different characters “portrayed” by Sam and his fellow Harborrat singers.

"The Water Balloon" contains traces of blues, Cajun and gospel to fit its theme of baptism and redemption

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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Blue Eyeshadow Revisited

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“Blue Eyeshadow Revisited” is the sixth release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible project, an ongoing series of 8 albums with 8 songs apiece inspired by" The Odyssey" and James Joyce's "Ulysses." With styles ranging all over the Americana map from rock n’ roll, soul, country and gospel to doo-wop, punk and funk, he albums together tell one big story of love stumbled upon then lost and found over and over again, with different characters “portrayed” by Sam and his fellow Harborrat singers.

"Blue Eyeshadow Revisited" is the most atypical of The Blue Moon Bible albums in being primarily acoustic, hushed and serene as a counterpoint to the preceding albums of the project. Originally released under the title "The Year of the Cow," the album was recorded in musically-stripped fashion so both Sam and the listeners could more clearly reflect on what has come before and what lies ahead.

For more about The Blue Moon Bible, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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  5. 5 Tire Swing (for Xmas) 03:20 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Too Far in the South (featuring Kate Noson) 03:30 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Blue Eyeshadow Revisited 08:20 Info Buy
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