Harlis Sweetwater is a national touring artist. His music appeared on Itunes Top 200 Best Selling Blues Albums with songs charting in the Top 200 Blues charts in the U.S., Sweden, Ireland and New Zealand. In 2018 his band was voted “Best Rock Band” in OC Weekly’s Readers Choice issue. Now moving into an exciting, new and fresh direction, Harlis crosses over, mixing multi genres like alternative rock, latin beats/vibes, soul and rock, all while keeping the gritty, soulful vocals and searing guitar playing he is known for.
Aside from headlining venues and festivals across the U.S. he has also been direct support for such notable artists as: Los Lobos, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Eric Gales, Blues Traveler, ZZ Top and more.
Recently, Harlis released the single "Wont Be Satisfied" on My Grito Industries, which features David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on guitar and John Doe of X on bass. The song has been receiving airplay on Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius XM Radio, KLOS FM and other indie radio.
"His powerful opener "Got Me A Woman," uptempo "Big Bad Bill" and rootsy "Cold Ground" were among the highlights of his 40-minute set. After performing a version of Muddy Waters' "Still A Fool" late in his outing he received high marks when he told the crowd "You are keeping the blues alive." - Robert Kinsler/Rock write Blog
"Sweetwater makes your average rocker sound like a folk singer in comparison and his magic is his ability to make anyone who hears him want to get up."- Rock and Blues Muse Magazine
"His new four-track (digital) EP Diesel Dirt & Spit evokes so much enthusiasm that you’ll no longer be able to control yourself"
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"Harlis Sweetwater’s music and voice is unapologetic and authentically hard-hitting. We love what we’re hearing from this talented artist and we can’t wait to see what he delivers next!" - Buzz Music L. A.
"A voice that sounds like gravel soaked in Bourbon"- Blues Rock Review
“Harlis isn’t just a powerful singer/guitarist who radiates soulfulness throughout his music, he’s also an entertainer who draws the audience in, actually involving them in his songs." - Joe Benson - KLOS & Radio KSWD, Los Angeles
"While the Harlis Sweetwater Band may hail from southern California, they sound like Texas and Tennessee got divorced and lost a great band to California in the custody battle." - Blues Blast Magazine
"Harlis Sweetwater played the 3rd Annual Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival and since then, when we ask fans who they’d like to see – Harlis Sweetwater Band is mentioned multiple times. As a result, we booked them in year 5, and once again, they put on a performance that people are still talking about. Every time they go on stage, the crowd goes wild because they bring an energy to the stage that gets everyone dancing! Not only is this band one of the best Blues Bands in the US, they are also one of the nicest and most accommodating bands you’ll ever find. Like everyone else who sees the Harlis Sweetwater Band live, I’m a big fan!"- Debbi Grogan, Producer, Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival