Live - Jesse Harris @ Hotel Cafe | LA

When he's not writing Grammy-winning songs for Norah Jones, singer/songwriter Jesse Harris keeps himself busy tending to his solo work. This summer finds him releasing not one, but two albums. Feel was recently put out on Velour Recordings, and August 7th brings the release of The Hottest State soundtrack. Harris wrote all the songs along with the score to the Ethan Hawke film, based on Hawke's novel of the same name. The soundtrack's all-star line-up includes Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Feist, M. Ward, Bright Eyes, Cat Power, Norah Jones, and Argentinean newcomer Rocha (who lends her voice to the film's lead actress Catalino Sandino Moreno.)

On Monday night, Harris played the early show at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe. His voice -- at once smooth and gravely -- harkens to early Paul Simon, and is a mellifluous complement to his folk/jazz compositions. He offered up selections from both new albums and was joined on stage by Rocha for a couple of tracks from The Hottest State. Harris hits the road later this month. The Hottest State hits the big screen on August 24th in New York and LA, and nationwide in September. Be sure and check out the remaining tour dates, as well as the trailer for The Hottest State and some streams after the jump.

Jess Harris - "It Will Stay With Us"
Rocha - "Never See You"

The Hottest State

Jesse Harris On Tour
08.26.07 - Amaganset, NY (Estia Cantina)
09.05.07 - Louisville, KY (The Pour Haus)
09.06.07 - Indianapolis, IN (Birdy's)
09.07.07 - Chicago, IL (Martyr's)
09.08.07 - Madison, WI (Mother Fools)
09.09.07 - Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
09.12.07 - Ames, IA (M-Shop)
09.16.07 - Nashville, TN (3rd & Lindsley)
09.20.07 - Newmarket, NH (Stone Church)
09.22.07 - Pittsburgh, PA (Club Cafe)
09.23.07 - Charleston, WV (NPR's Mountain Stage)
09.25.07 - Arlington, VA (Iota Club)
09.26.07 - Cambridge, MA (Club Passim)
09.27.07 - Rockland, MA (New Song Arts Center)
10.04.07 - New York, NY (The Canal Room)

Jesse Harris

Live - Jesse Harris @ Hotel Cafe | LA