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" It's been said that words make you think and music makes you feel, and songs make you feel thoughts. If I can do that, then I've done my job."  -   Harry Hochman

It’s only fitting that Michigan transplant Harry Hochman landed in Los Angeles, where he would have fit perfectly in its formative Laurel Canyon music scene. His songs mine a deep vein of life experiences, finding beauty, insight and humor in his Motor City beginnings, years of global and psychedelic travels, long distance motorcycling and literally dozens of varied but always dead-end jobs. “I did everything from packing pickles to grinding poured metal castings,” he says, “Wasn’t much to choose from in Michigan at the time, and I’m not sure much has changed.” After motorcycling to California, that life experience turned unexpectedly into an unlikely 30-year career as a successful bankruptcy lawyer in Los Angeles, "Law was the antidote to struggling,” he reflects, “but by the end it was a struggle to take the medicine.”  Something had to give, and music was his answer. “Law makes people angry, and music makes them happy. I prefer it this way.” 

Harry's music features breezy folk-rock stylings sometimes evocative of another Detroit product, Glen Frey, and seasoned, authentic and ironic lyrics that sometimes bring to mind Jackson Browne, both Laurel Canyon alumni. He cites both as influences, along with Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Jay Ferrar and many others. His quest is to download a life’s lessons learned in songs that are catchy, earthy, relatable and smart. “I’m not trying to hide the ball,” he says. “I just want to get people singing and thinking at the same time.” 

Press / Reviews

 “With a seasoned, authentic, and articulate voice that evokes shades of Laurel Canyon-era Jackson Browne and other bookish bohemian country-rock legends, you might assume Harry Hochman is the classy veteran Americana songsmith that somehow slipped your notice all these years, and in a sense, you’d be right. His mature-years debut puts that right with a brace of assured folk-approved storytelling and persuasive production by L.A. violin force-of-one Chris Murphy and a winning gaggle of top players. The kind of literate, honey-like country-rock that would do both Gram Parsons and Dan Fogelberg proud, and perhaps even with some additional wisdom.” 

James Volpe Rotondi - Acoustic Guitar, American Songwriter


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