ALBUM PREMIERE: The Harmaleighs Craft Charming, Poignant Folk On ‘Hiraeth’

Nashville duo The Harmaleighs craft poetic, passionate, and powerful songs cut from a pastiche of indie, folk, pop and Americana. Back in 2015, Haley Grant [lead vocals, guitar] and Kaylee Jasperson [bass, harmonies] embarked on something of a modern odyssey in support of their independent full-length debut, Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush. The band-mates and partners got rid of their Nashville apartment, put everything they owned in a storage unit, bought a van, equipped it with a bed, and hit the road with their 8-month-old pug Gus sleeping on the dash for the next nine months. The trials, tribulations, and triumphs of this trek would ultimately inspire their upcoming EP, Hiraeth, to be released on May 5.

Today Glide is premiering the EP ahead of its release. The six-song album captures two talented and promising songwriters who exude a natural chemistry. Reflecting on the album, Haley Grant and Kaylee Jasperson have this to say:

‘Hiraeth’ is your uncomfortable teenage years. It’s the feeling of being completely content but also wanting to rip your hair out at the same time. We wrote these songs when we were so unsure of what was to come next. We were ‘living the dream’ playing shows every night across the country, but we did not feel fulfilled. ‘Hiraeth’ is actually a Welsh word meaning: to have a homesickness for a home that doesn’t exist. Our experience on the road is purely summed up to that one word.

“Mouthful of Cigarettes” perfectly captures our feelings on the road of being completely burnt out. We were given advice from a friend and mentor to not do too much. Of course we didn’t listen and had to learn the hard way.

“Diamond Ring” was inspired by the twisted feeling of not being worthy of your current happiness. It’s the inner struggle of loving someone so much that you don’t want to poison them with your despairing outlook on life.


The Harmaleighs release Hiraeth on May 5th. Check out their tour dates and links below:

May 13 – Nashville, TN – Musicians Corner
May 17 – Raleigh, NC – Neptunes Parlour
May 18 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
May 19 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
May 20 – Chattanooga, TN – House Show
May 21 – Augusta, GA – Morris Museum
May 21 – Atlanta, GA – Eddies Attic
May 22 – Athens, GA – Rooftop @ Georgia Theatre
Jun 01 – Pueblo, CO – Brues Alehouse
Jun 02 – Roswell, NM – Pecos Flavors Winery & Bistro
Jun 03 – Corrales, NM – House Show
Jun 04 – El Prado, NM – Music On The Mesa
Jun 07 – Spring Green, WI – The Shitty Barn
Jun 09 – Yorkville, IL – The Law Office and Pub
Jun 10 – Lake Orion, MI – 20th Front Street
Jun 20 – Cambridge, MA – Atwoods Tavern
Jun 22 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
Jul 12 – Harrisonburg, VA – Pale Fire Brewing
Jul 13 – Thomas, WV – The Purple Fiddle
Jul 16 – Mt Solon, VA – Red Wing Roots Music Festival
Jul 30 – Park City, UT – Billy Blanco’s Concert Series at Quarry Village
Aug 02 – Spokane, WA – Rock The Nest Concert Series
Aug 03 – Kent, WA – City of Kent Concert Series
Aug 04 – Long Beach, WA – Adrift Hotel
Aug 06 – Bozeman, MT – Sweet Pea Music Festival
Aug 22 – Rockford, IL – Andersons Gardens
Aug 23 – Viroqua, WI – Driftless Books
Aug 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Aster Cafe
Aug 25 – Ontonagon, MI – Porcupine Mountains Music Festival
Aug 27 – Ontonagon, MI – Porcupine Mountains Music Festival


Photo Credit: Joe Caliva

Related Content

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recent Posts

New to Glide

Keep up-to-date with Glide