Despite the indifference of mainstream media in New Zealand, Harvey is an irrepressible character who just keeps doing it. He and his 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)
The Gary Harvey Band are a rock band based in Auckland, New Zealand.
The band has become known for its 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, they cited some of the bands that had the biggest influence on them, which included 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.
The band has always had a strong presence in the live music scene, with numerous festivals, tours and TV appearances, remaining active recording and producing new material. Their latest release Ghost Dance has been critically acclaimed and is available on iTunes and Spotify. Currently For What Its Worth remains the group’s 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 band comprises Gary Harvey (Vocals/Bass), Tony Abbott (Vocals/Guitar),
‘Strayfalcon’ (Vocals/Guitar & Neil Stewart(Drums)
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