With intuition as her guide, Americana singer-songwriter Stefanie Clark Harris departed the rivered, oceanfront land of her birth, New Haven, Connecticut, for A Great Unknown. Harris sold her possessions in exchange for a 1964 Phoenix camper in the autumn of 2021. She’s been traveling the United States with her Gibson J-45 Workhorse and Australian shepherd "Osa" ever since, exchanging songs and stories with audiences in booming cities and desert outposts alike.
Spending much of her childhood in a church that vibrated with gospel music and the dancing of an entire congregation, Harris sang full church songs before she spoke a sentence. "I loved the way the music made me feel...free. Like any weight I was carrying would be lifted and I'd find relief in that moment, carried by the song."- Harris says of her first experiences with music. With nods to musical heroes Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Loretta Lynn, Elizabeth Cotton, Townes Van Zandt, and John Prine, Harris’ sound roams from country rollick to holy hymnal, weaving her own personal history with fables and memories offered by friends, legends, and spirits. Many songs seem to flow straight from the lands Harris wanders. Her upcoming full-length record unravels tales of Tennessee’s green grasses, the star-soaked skies of West Texas, and the mysterious expanse of the human heart.
“Stefanie Clark Harris—one of the best Americana songwriters not only in the state,
but in the whole of New England.”
“Harris’ music waxes and wanes between
pure country twang and more accessible forms of Americana, often channeling another famous country Harris in the process.”
Recorded with her four-piece band The Feverfew, Black Diamond is a heartbreakingly honest EP chronicling the ache and hope that follows the breakdown of a marriage.
“For years, I’ve felt that Harris has been one of New Haven’s best kept secrets,” writes esteemed Connecticut music journalist Chip McCabe of Black Diamond, “but in September she pulled together an exceptional backing band—The Feverfew as they are called here—and dropped easily the best country release from my home state this year. Harris’ music waxes and wanes between pure country twang and more accessible forms of Americana, often channeling another famous country Harris in the process.”
“To say this EP was worth the wait would be a drastic understatement. It would also not be an understatement from where I’m sitting to say that this EP has cemented Harris as one of the best Americana songwriters not only in the state, but in the whole of New England.”
“Stefanie Clark Harris—one of the best Americana songwriters not only in the state, but in the whole of New England.”
- Chip McCabe (Connecticut Music Journalist)