In a past life Keith was a widely traveled blues-folk-americana-etc
guitarist-singer. He plays dobro, harmonica, & blues mandolin. Born between Chicago and the Mississippi delta at
the crossroads of the Illinois Central and Wabash railroads this Illinois native performed for many years in
the midwest, opening shows for performers including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, Delbert McClinton
and many others.
When he relocated to central New York in 2001 Keith continued his dedication
to the blues and recently opened for Roomful of Blues, Jorma Kaukonen [Hot Tuna],
Shemekia Copeland, and Bobby Blue Bland. In 2005 Keith won the Downstate New York
Blues Asociation Acoustic Blues Challenge and advanced to Memphis to perform in
the International Blues Challenge in January of 2006.
In September of 2007 Keith relocated to Nashville, TN to be at the center
of the singer-songwriter universe. In the spring of 2008 Keith was chosen
to be a featured writer at the IBMA World Of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase
with a song called "Learning How To Be A Better Fool" written with Rick Alan Carpenter.
In the summer of 2008 Keith also wrote a song called "Rest In Peace" that was in the
soundtrack of the Mark Roberts play "Where The Great Ones Run".
In 2009 Keith produced an EP for Kayla Brown entitled "Steady Now" which was released on Parasol Records.
Keith also just finished producing and recording an EP for a Nashville songwriter duo named Julie & John Pennell
[including Sam Bush on mandolin]. John Pennell is known for his songs recorded by Alison Krauss.
Keith is currently producing a project for a Nashville based singer-songwriter named Ty Brando.
In September of 2010 Keith was again a featured writer at the
IBMA World Of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase held in Nashville
with a new song he wrote called "We Lived To Love".
In December of 2010 Keith released his newest CD "calico" it's
americana-roots-country-folk-rock-blues etc. Check it out on his
CD page. It's
available at all of Keith's live gigs.
December 23, 2010 the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society presented
Keith with an Honorary Membership for his many years of performance
and dedication to "The Blues" in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Here's the
PCBS Honors Keith page.
Listen to Keith's radio appearance, he was on Kevin Kelley's "Live and Local" show on WILL 90.9 FM, Urbana, IL Dec. 21, 2010
Keith placed two songs in the soundtrack of "Abel's Field" at the end of 2012. "Abel's Field" is a feature film starring Kevin Sorbo [who played Hercules in the series] and is being distributed on Redbox and Amazon and other outlets.
The songs are "Grace Under Pressure" by the Keith Harden Band from 'the Cousins Of The Blues' CD and "HOME" which Keith co-wrote with George Faber and was previously released on George's 1997 self-titled CD.
Keith's latest americana-folk-rock-country CD titled "sky songs"
will be available at his December 2013 live gigs and copies will
also be available at record stores such as Exile on Main St. and Record Swap in Champaign, IL.
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Keith's Facebook Page
For some recent examples of Keith's great writing,
check out symposium in blues, talkin' blues
or a guitar named bill
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