"Music has always been a huge part of my life.
From the time I was 5 years old my mother was playin' great music in
the house. Cats like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley...she sang and played a
little bit of guitar too.
When I was 7 my mother sat down with me and showed me an
album she had. It was Chuck Berry's Golden Decade Vol. 1. and When I
opened that double record set and saw the photo of him on the
inside, man, that did it.
Iconic photo. Chuck lookin' down at his guitar, flooded in stage lights,
sweat drippin off him...THAT, is Rock N' Roll, and THAT'S what I wanna
do! I wanted to be THAT guy!"
From Huntington Beach California, Harlis Sweetwater, as a
singer /guitarist/ songwriter and frontman, has shared the stage
with everyone from Jimmie Vaughan, ZZ Top, Los Lobos
Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Everlast, and Brian Setzer to
R&B/Blues legends Etta James, James Cotton, and Wilson Pickett to
name a few.
He has been called "the best singer in any genre" by music critic Robert Kinsler of the OC Register, While SugarBuzz Magazine had this to say: "From the heart, Harlis Sweetwater,you know instantly the real deal is upon you. This man knows the blues." Recently CBS online named Harlis one of Orange County's best singer songwriters
Harlis first arrived on the scene with his band Barrelhouse O.C. and the group came into its own in the early 1990s. A favorite of L.A. and Orange County CA music critics, the band possessed a deep passion for the music of Otis Redding. It was the groups mission to bring Soul music to the masses behind the orange curtain. With a 3 piece horn section, piano, 2 guitars, bass and drums, and Harlis's broad and gravely vocals at the helm, the band was like an explosive soul revue.
The band quickly became known for their highly entertaining shows and authentic southern soul sound. After 3 albums and an EP they began feeling like they had run their course and called it quits in 2001. After the break up, Harlis exper