Prior to releasing his first solo CD, Crit Harmon was best known as a producer and a songwriter. The early success he enjoyed as a record producer included the acclaimed “Black Sheep” by Martin Sexton, which opened the door to a career of producing well over 100 records for singer songwriters Martin Sexton, Susan Werner, Lori McKenna, Mary Gauthier, Meg Hutchinson and many more. In addition to producing, Crit often cowrites, penning songs with several of the artists including Mary Gauthier, Kerri Powers, Martin Sexton and Ed Romanoff. On alt country artist Mary Gauthier’s break out CD “Drag Queens in Limousines”, he cowrote 6 of the 10 songs including the gritty iconic ballad “I Drink”, which has gone on to be recorded many times over by country artists including Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, and most recently country legend Bobby Bare.
When he wasn’t working as the right hand man to singer songwriters, Crit was writing and producing his own original songs, piling up an impressive list of film and TV credits including NCIS, Blue Bloods, Justified, Rescue Me and Agent Carter.
Most recently he has released his first solo CD, "Welcome to the New World". The 10 song collection is held together loosely by political observations on the current state of the world, and often ventures into dark storytelling featuring apocalypse prepares, zombies, stoners, and most notably a ham radio philosopher who often serves as the albums narrator and untrustworthy observer of society. He credits the idea for the use of a narrator to the 1975 Parliament release “Mothership Connection”, and the bizarre cast of characters and tongue in cheek approach to dark issues to his love for the lyricsof Warren Zevon and Leonard Cohen.
The music itself features a modern production approach often using electronic drums and loops, but with deep roots in 70’s retro stylings and a dash of 60’s psychedlia. Songs “I’ve been Dreaming”, “Feels Like the 60’s” and “Welcome to the New World” use a Curtis Mayfieldesque wah wah pedal electric guitar, the steady ballad “Bunker Bbaby” is driven by a surfier lead guitar while a funky groove reminiscent of James Browns band drives“Watcha Watchin” Now”.