“Alison Harris sounds like a country songbird perched on Bonnie Raitt’s shoulder. She sings about loneliness and longing with a grace and beauty that almost makes those things desirable.”
– SF Magazine
Alison Harris lives in a small valley near the coast in Sebastopol, California. Ocean fog rolls in over the hills most evenings. Songbirds sing all day, owls and coyotes sing night songs. Alison’s music embodies this lush unique environment. The coastal winds, creeks, and redwood trees of this small Sebastopol Valley, where she also grew up, can be heard in every note she plays and sings. Alison’s songs have been heavily influenced by contemporary female singer-songwriters such as Lucinda Williams, Emmy Lou Harris and Gillian Welch. Her music explores the strength and fragility of the heart. She has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many great artists including Sam Bush, Langhorne Slim, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, The Mother Hips, John Doe, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, and Melvin Seals and JGB.
Alison’s recorded her first album “Smoke Rings in the Sky” in the Spring of 2008 at Different Fur Studios (Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, David Byrne) in San Francisco. “Walker Road”, her second release, was recorded in the winter of 2012 with five piece Americana band The Barn Owls. Recorded live and analog in a one room Sonoma County Schoolhouse built in 1875, this album aims to capture organic warmth and rural beauty.
Alison currently teaches voice, piano, and folk style guitar to students and music lovers of all ages. She can be found performing her original music and classic Americana music as a solo performer and with The Bootleg Honeys. She also sings with The Green Mountain Singers, a Renaissance trio. She finds great joy in spending time with her daughter, writing songs, sharing music with community, and helping others find joy and expression through music in her teaching practice.