I'm spinning resolutions from the back of my mind...
Jack Harlan's career began in Alberta, fronting a 'U2' cover band in junior high, in which he often played to assemblies. Jack spent most of his time writing original material and was featured in the Calgary Folk Festival, local Calgary T.V., newspapers and radio.
At 19, after selling out the local 185-seat Engineered Air Theatre with only his acoustic guitar and original songs, Jack moved to Vancouver in search of new inspiration.
Before arriving, he spent some time in Mexico playing music for 'missionaries and villagers' as well as some time in Los Angeles.
Always pursuing his belief in writing his own material, he became known as 'One of Vancouver's most commanding songwriters.' according to the Vancouver Province.
After headlining in the highly publicized 'Folk Noir' string of shows in Vancouver, Harlan signed a recording contract with Nettwerk Records and has an album, Carnival of Mystery, that was released in 2002.
Three other independent albums showcase Harlan's music: The Hymns of Sorrow, Scintilla and the 2005 release Resolutions (all acoustic)
Jack's music has been used in Lynne Stopkewich's film 'Suspicious River' as well as being headlined in the opening scene for another Vancouver based film 'Fallen'. In addition to movie soundtracks, his music has been used on the season finale of Warner Brothers show Everwood
Jack has played Music West and been recorded by CBC, for the program North by North West, at the local Vancouver venue 'The Sugar Refinery'.
Jack states that his weirdest and worst gigs were 'playing for coyotes in Mexico' and opening for Dido at her first Vancouver showcase.
The Georgia Straight says 'he is a man who works hard at his craft' and the Vancouver Province says 'his boldness as a writer demands attention.'
Jack has played across Canada with the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Fred Eaglesmith, Tom Wilson(ex-Junkhouse) and John Mann.
I am Johhny Cash and Leonard Cohen in a blender I suppose. Maybe some Dylan, but heck everybody somehow sounds like him in one way, or at one time or another.
If you like acoustic guitar and vocals, you'll like me. Other names-- Harry Chapin,Richie Havens,Nick Cave, Leadbelly, ah... Alt.country and country blues, dark writer stuff with hope on the horizon...write more later
Numerous artists have been tagged as The Next Dylan, and almost have many been tapped as heirs to U2. They rarely amount to much. Fortunately, Scintilla suggests that Harlan not only has the talent to wear such a mantle well, but the potential to exceed the labels. Splendid/Chicago
the kind of lyrics that reminds you of your last painful break-up. Worth a beer and an hour of your time, no question Monday Magazine/Victoria
...Harlan plays just about every musical style in contemporary popular music. Edmonton Journal
His boldness as a writer demands attention Vancouver province
His Nettwerk debut, Carnival of Mystery proves he can probe the dark side with scalpel-like precision Tandem magazine
The opening track Breath of Heaven is as beautiful as an opening youll get with a Cd. One of the best songs this year by any artist. Altcountrytab.com
A man who works hard at his craft The Georgia Straight/Vancouver
A strong songwriter with a gift for poetic imagery See Magazine/Edmonton
The man does everything in his power to keep him from being seen as a one-trick crony Chart Magazine
One of top ten Vancouver men to watch this year Vancouver Magazine
Its a beautiful recording Edmonton Sun