David Johansen & The Harry Smiths
David Johansen & The Harry Smiths

About The Artist

Best known for his tenure fronting the hugely influential New York Dolls, David Johansen has been a true chameleon throughout his illustrious career. As the lipstick-smeared glam-punk hero of his years with the Dolls, as the tuxedo-clad lounge lizard Buster Poindexter of "Hot Hot Hot" fame and as the soulful frontman of The Harry Smiths, Johansen has always been a cultural innovator and a true believer in the transformative power of music. The Harry Smiths are named for the famed and eccentri... Read More


"David Johansen brings it all back home to Harry Smith, in repertoire and name - a perfect example of the circular logic of American-folk geography. A former New York Doll, Johansen is an unlikely hobo-like blues man, and his Harry Smiths - guitarists Brian Koonin and Larry Saltzman, jazzers Kermit Driscoll on bass and Joey Baron on drums - are sly groovers who seem, at first, to be overqualified for barn-dance work. Yet Johansen is a believable avatar of Smith's scholarship...he sings 'Poor Boy Blues' like a fragment of Latin Mass; his chipped-granite yowl hangs with modal drama over bottleneck guitar and Baron's percussion sabotage." - Rolling Stone

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