Biography

Lis Harvey's career began in 1999, with a gangley EP of guitar-pop songs (Teen Angst) she wrote while delivering pizzas in Los Angeles. She moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to finish college at Carnegie Mellon University, and there developed a trio and a taste for touring. Human After All, a broody record with the original title "Hell With The Lid Off," was partially funded by an undergraduate research grant, and features climate scientist Minda Berbeco on bass and drummer/ web designer Joe Chellman on percussion. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing, Harvey took her one-woman show back on the road, settling on Madison, Wisconsin, as her home base. In 2002, she recorded a live album, Topography, in venues as far flung as Fairbanks, Alaska and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She used that record to help promote an extreme-touring project that caught her fancy. The Fifty States Tour, a 60-day, 52-show journey through the US, was a nervy publicity stunt that put Harvey before a national audience. Appearances on Car Talk, CNN Headline News, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, and in the Washington Post, helped circulate her music. Harvey was ultimately rewarded with a Guinness World Record (tm) for touring the states in 60 days, from August through October 2002. Pre-sales of her next record were boosted by an increased fan list, and in 2005 Porcupine won the Madison Area Music Award for best folk album. In the same year, Harvey was invited to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's emerging artist stage. Of the various song contests Harvey won over the years, most notable were the Ottawa Folk Festival in 2004 (which she shared with Dave Carmichael), and Kerrville's New Folk Festival contest. By 2007, Harvey had moved back to California to record her most stripped-down effort to date, an album of songs inspired by and funded partially by an artist grant from the City of Madison. Featuring a supporting performance by Doris Muramatsu (formerly of the gender pop trio Girlyman), Any Two Cards was mixed and mastered by Harvey’s longtime collaborator, composer Duncan Watt. The album is Harvey’s most mature work, but by the time it was released in April of 2008, she had decided to give in to her new role as a mother. Her last performance was in Madison, Wisconsin, in the spring of 2008. You can watch that concert, a one-take recording, with host Andy Moore on the 30-Minute Music Hour here.
 
Today, Harvey lives and works in Davis, CA, with her son & husband.
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