Despite the indifference of mainstream media in New Zealand, Harvey is an irrepressible character who just keeps doing it. His duo and current band — himself, longtime pal Abbott, drummer Neil Stewart and the legendary ‘Strayfalcon’ — play often enough to keep sharp, Harvey travels to the States when he can afford it and has a longtime passionate association with Native Americans. (Graham Reid, Elsewhere)
Gary Harvey is a singer songwriter based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Through his various bands an now performing mainly as an acoustic solo act, Gary has become known for his strong blues roots, steeped in the sounds emanating along Highway 61 and inspired musically by both American and British blues rock music. In an interview, he cited some of the bands that had been his biggest influence, which included John Mayal, Free, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa,The Foo Fighters, Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
His bands have always had a strong presence in the live music scene, with numerous festivals, tours and TV appearances, he remains active recording and producing new material. The last release with the Gary Harvey Band, Ghost Dance has been critically acclaimed and is available on iTunes and Spotify. Currently For What Its Worth remains his most commercially successful album.
From the indo-psychedelic rock of Mr Healy, this band can do head-down barroom boogie with the best (Nuthin’ But the Blues) and deliver mainstream, angry urban hard rock (Tired of Thinkin’, Boss Mama) for the car radio on a straight strip of road. (Graham Reid, Elsewhere)
The current band comprises Gary Harvey (Vocals/Bass), Tony Abbott (Vocals/Guitar),
‘Strayfalcon’ (Vocals/Guitar & Neil Stewart(Drums)
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