I was recently asked to rewrite the Camp Harlow bio for our web site. I soon
realized that this was no small task, but certainly one that deserves more
than 2 short paragraphs, considering the long history of this band.
For over 30 years, their soulful, heartfelt vocals and seamless harmonies
have been as much a part of the Kansas City music scene as anyone over the
past three decades, and, as any of the ever-growing extended family and friends
who hear them every Saturday at the Levee will tell you, the Camp Harlow Band
still delivers their unique brand of rhythm and blues and rock & roll with as
much passion as ever.
The Camp Harlow Band that we all know and love first formed in 1972 in Aspen, CO
of all places, with Jimmy Harlow, (vocals and piano), Greg Camp (vocals
and guitar) Roger Workman (pedal steel), Tim Shields (bass) and myself,
Gary Signor (drums). Sadly, this first venture only lasted about 2 years
before everyone returned to K.C., playing in various bands such as Wheels,
Natch, Riverrock, and The Jolly Bros Band
Reformed in 1992, Camp Harlow began playing the Saturday Matinee at The
Tuba on Southwest Blvd. After three memorable years, The Tuba closed
and the band, along with it's loyal following, moved to The Levee in
Westport, where we are in our twelfth year.
For the past several years we have been fortunate to have the services of journeyman
guitar player, Bruce Sidener, along with the distinctive vocals
and rock steady bass playing of Steve Nierman, both having played with us
many times over the years on various other musical collaborations.
This current lineup, plus the occasional addition of original member Roger
Workman on pedal steel, is a testament to the common bond shared by musicians
and lifelong friends, resulting in a chemistry on stage that is always electric
and often uncanny.
With the varied influences of everyone from Sam & Dave, Otis Redding,
Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and The Everly Bros - to
Little Feat, Van Morrison, The Allman Bros, Delbert
McClinton and even Johnny Cash and John Prine, Camp
Harlow has combined these influences with their own unique and original style
to a sound that is truly their own. Everything they do, be it a new twist on
an old song, or one of their own compositions, it all has that inherent Camp
Harlow sound and feel.
In memory of former Camp Harlow
band mate and dear friend
- Your spirit lives on through the music...What-e-ya Johnny Moose!
Collectively, Camp Harlow has shared the stage with many national acts including:
|| Clint Black
| Brewer and Shipley
|| The Fabulous Thunderbirds
| David Allen Coe
|| Steve Miller
| Muddy Waters
|| The Pointer Sisters
| Robben Ford
|| Three Dog Night
| Dave Mason
|| Dan Seals
| Restless Heart
|| Ry Cooder
|| Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
| Bonnie Raitt
|| Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee
|©2007 Camp Harlow