Moriah Harris | The Thieves On Stratton Avenue

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The Thieves On Stratton Avenue

by Moriah Harris

Drenched in beautiful heart-wrenching melodies and poetic lyricism, this debut release is a collection of songs built around Moriah's stunning vocal and awash in moody emotional textures created by pedal steel, strings, piano, guitar and drums.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. The Devil's Game
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2. Growing Old Apart
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3. The Thieves On Stratton Avenue
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4. Wilhite Drive
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6. Before We Came Undone
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Thieves on Stratton Avenue is Moriah's first recorded collection of sound.

It was created in secret, in the still of night, under a sea of stars, and then released to the world in the bright of day, under the light of a yellow sun, on September 29th, 2008.
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The record is rooted in a musical core of acoustic guitar, upright bass, and Moriah's vocal, which is somewhere between Alison Krauss, Norah Jones, and Carol King. Strings, piano, pedal steel, and electric guitar add layers of moody emotional texture around lyrics that are laced with both hope and heaviness. There are subtle but powerful references throughout the album to folk, jazz, classical, and religious music, all four important parts of Moriah's musical prologue.

Born to hippie parents in a little shack outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Moriah came into this world as Moriah Margaret Harris, a brown haired, brown eyed, rosy round baby. When she was two, her grandfather, the radio scientist, would listen to her cooing and somehow knew she had the gift of music bestowed upon her by the gods, or genetics, or maybe by both.

Sure enough. the cooing baby soon turned into a violinist, the violinist turned into a pianist, the pianist picked up a guitar and strummed a few chords, and the chords turned themselves into songs . .

And now.

A tapestry of emotions and color.
A collaboration of musicians under the night sky.
A collection of songs.
A secret released.

The Thieves on Stratton Avenue.

(with love from Sassafras)
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"Infectious!"-Musicload.com

"The songbird gem of America!"-Matt Smith.



"Moriah Harris is a Nashville-based artist who's brand new EP entitled The Thieves on Stratton Avenue is a remarkable 6-song EP that draws from the hill-country folk of Gillian Welch, the melancholy breeze of James Taylor, and the haunting autobiographical style of Tracy Chapman. Harris' voice is reminiscent of jazz phenom Norah Jones, only channeled through her West Virginia childhood roots, and a social justice lens that has already seen too much violence. Harris is one of those rare souls who is deeply affected by the pain of others, and to our good fortune, also has the rare gift of being able to channel her emotions into poignant songs that can touch everybody's heart. In this sense, fans of Brett Dennon, Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss, and Norah Jones will find much to love in Moriah Harris.

Moriah Harris is a newcomer on the Nashville scene, but The Thieves on Stratton Avenue is as good as it gets in Nashville. Look for a full-length article on Moriah Harris to post on this website in the coming weeks."

Vincent Wynne for LISTEN!NASHVILLE November 11th, 2008

"Beautiful heart wrenching melodies. Poetic and intelligent. Moriah's voice resonates with aching and longing in every single breath and tone in her debut release, and her live performances bring audiences to a pin drop silence." -K. Simms
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CREDITS:
Moriah Harris- Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Organ, Strings
Eric Fritsch-Electric Guitar, Organ
Geoff Henderson-Upright Bass (1,3,4,5,6)
Dominic Fisher-Upright Bass (2)
Matt Crouse -Drums (4,5)
Herschel Vandyke-Drums (3)
Chad Melton-Drums (2)
Sheena Swanson-Strings(2)
Al Perkins-Pedal Steel (3)
Chris Howes -Strings (4)

All songs written by Moriah Harris and produced by Moriah Harris and Eric Fristch at Eastwood Studios in Nashville TN

Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master in Nashville, TN


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