Joey Harkum, Higher Education
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Bumpin Uglies knows all about hustle. The Maryland reggae-rock band had spent more than a decade on the road, starting with local open mics and backyard parties and growing into road warriors, building an ever-expanding audience with sold-out shows in clubs and prime spots at festivals from coast to coast, on one national tour after another. Then the pandemic hit, and touring shut down.
After being in motion for so long, singer and lead guitarist Brandon Hardesty wasn’t about to sit still, even if he couldn’t be out on tour. In fact, Bumpin Uglies never really stopped working — they adapted. The group returned to playing backyard parties around Annapolis, where they’re based, and added socially distanced concerts and full-band livestreams. In the fall of 2020, they also started releasing a new song every month as part of a project called the Never Ending Drop.
“We felt like prospectors going out and trying to find gold — it was just uncharted territory,” Hardesty says. “We had to figure out a way to make a living. That’s kind of what being a musician during Covid has felt like to me. You can do it, but you have to be bold.”
Through deep, poignant lyrics which tell stories of happiness, love, loss and sadness, Joey Harkum has been traveling and playing his heartfelt songs for over a decade. We would love for you to give him a listen and join our growing music family!
Higher Education crafts a unique blend of psychedelic soaked roots with raw riotous rock n roll. Higher Ed is a three piece power trio from the state of Maryland, consisting of brothers Petey and Danny Devaney on Guitar, Bass, and Vocals, and Bradley Wilson on Drums. Together they have toured the country sharing their extensive original catalog of music and high energy performances. Higher Ed's music certainly bends genres, but their foundation is rooted in Rockin guitar riffs, groovin' bass lines, powerful drums, and strong melodies. They are creators of their own unique style of music, ever evolving, while steadily sharpening their sound. If you are a music lover it's time for you to get educated, you're about to discover something special.
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