Seasoned songwriters Salim Nourallah, Billy Harvey and Alex Dezen are teaming up on a new record called “And the Devil Went Up to Portland.” The 11-song LP features a rollicking mix of songs recorded at Martie Maguire‘s (Dixie Chicks) HEK studio in Austin, Texas.
NHD, short for Nourallah Harvey Dezen, features all three musicians playfully swapping songwriting, vocal and instrumental duties. “We had been touring originally as songwriters in the round. After a string of kicka** shows, we were gifted our name at Strange Brew in Austin,” said Billy Harvey. “The marquee read, ‘TONIGHT! Nourallah Harvey Dezen’ and we said, ‘That’s a lot of plastic letters…NHD it is!'”
“This whole thing came together with us goofing off and playing on each other’s songs in a round-robin songwriter setting,” said Dezen jokingly. “One night we looked up simultaneously and said ‘This is actually pretty cool!’ We put some thinking behind the whole thing, booked some studio time, and went to work. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to collaborate with your friends, especially when they’re such uniquely talented people.”
NHD‘s debut is the first official release to come out of Maguire’s home studio. Maguire is also a close friend who has often made appearances at the trio’s Texas shows. Another established Austin musician, Bob Schneider, who actually introduced Nourallah and Harvey years ago, designed the album’s artwork.
“It’s an anomaly that we actually formed a group together because there’s usually only enough air in the room for one lead singer at a time,” said Nourallah. “With us, it’s more like a mutual admiration society, so that kind of ego nonsense has never factored in.”
NHD will celebrate the release of “And the Devil Went Up to Portland” in the form of not one, but four regional tour dates.
-In San Antonio, on Thursday, May 25, the trio will perform at Sam’s with indie folk-pop band Demitasse. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $10.
-In Austin, on Friday May 26, NHD will perform two show sat 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at The Townsend. Tickets can be purchased here for $15.
-In Dallas, on Saturday, May 27, NHD headlines a stellar line-up for the first-ever Palo Santo Showcase at the historic Sons of Hermann Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here for $15. Indie pop artist Xuan, alt-rocker Stu Dicious and indie rock singer Sleepy Zuhoski open.
“And the Devil Went Up to Portland” will be out on Friday, May 26. To purchase the album, please visit www.nhdmusic.com or iTunes, rdio and Amazon Music.
1. “The Boys Are Back In Town” (4:17)
2. “Hello From An Emergency Room In Hollywood” (2:58)