The new self-titled album by Boulder City singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Haraway is an all-American gem. These nine country-folk tunes have the friendliness of a down-home backyard barbecue. “It’s genuine, and it’s from the heart,” says Haraway, formerly of the Las Vegas band Part Time Criminals. “I try to walk this line of making the music accessible but not generic.”
With the help of Grammy-winning producer Chad Brown, Haraway recorded in Nashville with a full array of musicians, including backup singers, horns, organs, piano and guitars. The result is a lush, layered album that’s honest and authentic. Las Vegans can hear the songs at Haraway’s July 30 album release party at the Sand Dollar. Haraway has recruited drummer Rob Whited to help put together a live band for the event.
After spending 20 years as a photographer, Haraway retired to focus on music—and run a laundromat/musical hangout called Sudz. He says that his time as a visual artist has deepened his songwriting, and now he’s working on more songs. So this album is just the beginning. “I’m just going to do what I want to do from now on, which is make music and spread a little joy and love in this world.”
The album drops July 26, but to hear it, you’ll need to attend the release party to pick up a physical copy. For now, Haraway is only releasing the song “We Get High” on iTunes and his website bryanharaway.com.
BRYAN HARAWAY July 30, 10 p.m., free. Sand Dollar Lounge, 702-485-5401.