As Josh Eagle frames an answer, it quickly becomes apparent the response he’s offering has little in common with the question. Eagle pauses, then smiles.
“What was the question?” he inquires. “I’m the king of fucking tangents. Hit the ball in left field and I’ll run in the opposite direction.” That might be one reason the singer/songwriter’s work with his band, the Harvest City, is so compelling. All the elements you’d expect from an Americana/Roots/Folk outfit are present in Eagle’s songs and the Harvest City’s interpretations, especially on the new album, A Good One is Hard to Find. The players come in from unexpected angles and with different messages and deliveries than the ones that were anticipated.
Eagle has worked steadily since his largely solo debut, 2008’s Truthful Beginnings, which he describes as “a fluke record; it just popped out.” Soon after, Eagle met bassist/engineer Tommy Cappel, who persuaded him to record his songs in the studio. Eagle had already teamed up with guitarist Jeremy Smart, who offered his services after being drawn to Eagle’s tough romanticism. Cappel brought in drummer Mark Becknell. With the Harvest City assembled and christened, the quartet turned out its impressive band debut, last year’s Show Your Teeth.
Josh Eagle and The Harvest City performs Sunday at the Whispering Beard Music Festival in Friendship, Ind. Go here to read Brian Baker's full sound advice.