Most country music fans remember the group, The Harters. The trio was made up of Leslie, J. Michael and Scott Harter, and they had several songs out on country radio. My favorite from the trio was “If I Run”. It’s one I still listen to often, and can’t really understand why the song didn’t do more chart climbing back in 2011.
This article is to tell you all about one of the Harter siblings, J. Michael, who will be releasing a new EP, “Ride On,” on Sept. 30, 2014, on GMV Nashville/Arizona Records. The first single, “Holy Cowgirl,” from that EP, has already been released to country radio, and is available on iTunes and other major digital retailers.
If you like the music you are hearing on today’s Top 40 country radio stations, you are definitely going to like “Holy Cowgirl”. It’s fast, has catchy, easy-to-remember lyrics that will definitely have you singing along. If you are a dancer, you will be up out of your chair, if you aren’t – you will definitely be in your chair tapping your toes while you listen and sing along.
“Holy Cowgirl” was co-written by J. Michael Harter, Scott Harter, Earl Bud Lee, Scott Laurent, and Bruce Wallace. This is a fun song. The title alone gives you a pretty good idea of where the song is going. There is not one person reading this, who has not at one point in their life, looked at a situation and said “Holy Cow!”. So, what do you think the guys are going to be saying when they have their eye on a certain cowgirl out on the dance floor.
J. Michael commented about the day the song came to life, “I had the title in my phone for years and often brought the idea up when I’d do co-writes, but I had a hard time getting people to understand where I was going with it. While brainstorming for ideas with my co-writers at our retreat in Alaska, I thought, what the heck maybe they would get it. At first when I said the title, they were all silent, pondering what I’d just said. Scott Laurent laughed and said, ‘You mean like a really religious Cowgirl?’ I said no man, but that’s funny! I mean like you see a woman all dolled up in tight jeans and boots and you think, Holy Cow Girl!!! At that moment, Bruce Wallace started playing that very infectious guitar hook and the song came to life.”
A dance remix for “Holy Cowgirl” has also been created and is being distributed by Nashville-based venue marketing company Marco Club Connection to Country nightclubs across the country. The song is already receiving positive feedback and airplay in venues across the United States.
If you haven’t heard “Holy Cowngirl” on your favorite radio station, give them a call and request it. Head over to YouTube and listen to it. when you get done dancing, let me know what you think of it. And, remember to call your radio station and tell them you want to hear it!
In addition to his web site, be sure to have a look at his Facebook page. You can follow him on Twitter, @JMichaelHarter. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you! You will find us @countryschatter.
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