Rodeo & Juliet cannot be confined to just one category.
While they might find their home mostly in American Roots, the unique sound that they have achieved is the culmination of both their musical influences and their life experiences. Texas native Christopher Dwight Harris (Rodeo) and upstate New Yorker Janet Lee Harris (Juliet) have survived 36 years of marriage, and raised two young men in their Tennessee home. The couple met in Texas, then moved to Tennessee where they lived and worked for 30 years before selling everything and moving to Colorado. Today, they are back in Nashville and live within walking distance of The Americana Music offices. Their chemistry and musical connection is evident from the very start, making it hard to believe that the two love-birds have only been singing together for 6 of the last 36 years!
One of the first projects the two worked on was The El Paso Kid and The New York Lady. The fan-funded project was inspired, and produced, with the help of family and friends, and tells the story of the duo’s lifelong musical journey. The title song, “The Sun comes up in El Paso & New York,” says it all. The musical adventure of The El Paso Kid and The New York Lady drives you around all over the country, exploring decades of influences before ending with a sunset back in El Paso.
Chris and Jan have worked with some of the best in the music industry, including Dolly Parton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Amy Grant, Loretta Lynn, Kristin Chenoweth, Vince Gill, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Michael Martin Murphy and performed with cast members from The Little Mermaid and Alvin and The Chipmunks. The two have dabbled in essentially every musical genre, from Gospel and Country to Pop and Rock. They consider world-famous artists like The Beatles, Elvis, Wilson Pickett, Mamas & Papa’s, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Harry Nilsson, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Motown, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Ray Charles as some of their biggest musical influences.
“We’re just so fortunate to grow up in the 60’s and 70‘s and be exposed and influenced by 1000’s of songs on the radio and growing up in church singing 4 part acapella.”
– Chris & Jan
The singing soulmates continue to meet each other somewhere between Judy Garland’s “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, & Marty Robbins “El Paso”, where a love worthy of a country song has taken root.