Harter1_PhotoCredit_ChuckArlundJ. Michael Harter is set to release his new EP, Ride On, on Sept. 30 on Anozira Records/GMV Nashville. The release follows Harter’s launch of his current single, titled “Holy Cowgirl,” which is receiving positive feedback and airplay at Country radio and in dance venues across the United States. {Photo above by Chuck Arlund)

The album, which is produced by J. Michael’s brother, Scott Harter, and Matt McClure will be available on iTunes and other major digital retailers. Harter commented that Ride On contains some of the most special and refreshing music he’s ever written, including bonus tracks “Another Trip,” and a dance remix to single “Holy Cowgirl.” He is currently in the midst of an extended radio tour in support of the single and album.

Harter, a former member of brother-sister trio, The Harters, commented on the development of the EP, “For the past three years I have attended the Bristol Bay Nashville Songwriters Retreat in Alaska. In fact, several of the songs on the EP were written on these retreats. Myself, my brother Scott, Earl Bud Lee (“Friends in Low Places,” “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”), Bruce Wallace, and Scott Laurent are the writers that make up what we call ‘The Fighting Chums.’ Chum Salmon is among the several species of fish we catch on the trip. Our track “The Only One” was the starting point for this whole project, and it was the first song ‘The Fighting Chums’ wrote in Alaska. Bruce Wallace started strumming his Gibson acoustic then my brother and I joined in. Before I could say, “damn that’s kind of cool,” Scott Laurent and Bud Lee were already spitting out lyrics. It turned out to be a killer power ballad that I had to record!”

A Tempe, Ariz. native, Harter’s music blends up-beat Country melodies with profound lyrics and a unique Western flair. He is managed by Hallmark Direction Company’s John Dorris Sr.

Of the new music, Harter says, “I am striving to be part of the pendulum swinging the other way to lyrically driven songs that would make you cry, laugh, or make you remember something that touches your heart.”

JMH CDRide On track listing and songwriter information:
1. “Holy Cowgirl” (J. Michael Harter/Scott Harter/Earl Bud Lee/Scott Laurent/Bruce Wallace)
2. “No Plans” (J. Michael Harter/Earl Bud Lee/John Wiggins)
3. “The Only One” (J. Michael Harter/Scott Harter/Earl Bud Lee/Scott Laurent/Bruce Wallace)
4. “I Live To Love You” (J. Michael Harter/Trey Matthews/Earl Bud Lee)
5. “Mama Look Out Yonder” (Earl Bud Lee)
6. “Nobody Knows My Name” (J. Michael Harter/Scott Harter)
7. “Holy Cowgirl” (Dance Remix)
8. “Another Trip” (J. Michael Harter/Mark Narmore/Scott Harter/Leslie Harter)

I listened to the album tonight. There isn’t a bad song on the whole album. However, I picked out my favorite song first time through. It is the sixth track on the CD, “Nobody Knows My Name”. This song was co-written by J. Michael and his brother Scott. When I listened to it, I thought – ‘this some could mean something different to every person who hears it’. I wasn’t alone. Here’s what J. Michael Harter said about the song,  “I think “Nobody Knows My Name” means something different to everyone that hears it. For me, it was sort of how I felt about my career. On many occasions, I had pondered moving back to Arizona. Its funny how a song that reminded me of leaving made me stay. Brilliant work, brother!”

Harter 675The songs are all very different. I will be interested to find out which one each of my readers picks as their favorite. “Holy Cowgirl” is fast; so is “Another Trip”. I love the story J. Michael, Scott, and Leslie are telling in this song. This song really needs to hit radio sometime in December, when everyone is starting to get ready to bring in the new year. This is more than a bob your head and tap your feet song – it’s a get up and dance song! “I remember the holidays were approaching and the idea of writing a Christmas song came up. Instead, we wrote a New Years song. I remember looking at a huge map on Narmore’s office wall searching for as many states and cities that rhymed as we could find. I think the song covers a good percentage of the country in its lyric, but I’m sure a third verse will have to be added for anyone we left out,” J. Michael said.  And, I might have just changed my mind about which song on this EP is my favorite.

I hope every country music fan will get their hands on this album. Everything you would want in a country album is in this one. I’m heading out of town end of the week, it’s a driving trip – this CD is going with me!

Keep up with everything J. Michael Harter by visiting his web site. Visit his Facebook page, too, and remember to “Like” that while you are there. You can follow him on Twitter, @JMichaelHarter. If you arent’ already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you do that! You will find us @countryschatter.

Back with more soon! Right now, I’m enjoying some great music!
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J. Michael Harter is set to release his new EP, Ride On, on Sept. 30 on Anozira Records/GMV Nashville. The release follows Harter's launch of his current single, titled “Holy Cowgirl,” which is receiving positive feedback and airplay at Country radio and in dance venues across the United States....