Best known for his tenure fronting the hugely influential New York Dolls, David Johansen has been a true chameleon throughout his illustrious career. As the lipstick-smeared glam-punk hero of his years with the Dolls, as the tuxedo-clad lounge lizard Buster Poindexter of "Hot Hot Hot" fame and as the soulful frontman of The Harry Smiths, Johansen has always been a cultural innovator and a true believer in the transformative power of music.
The Harry Smiths are named for the famed and eccentric painter-occultist-alchemist-ethnomusicologist-filmmaker whose work in collecting and preserving American song literature and artifacts is unparalleled. Johansens's famous voice lends itself perfectly to the emotionally raw blues covers favored by the Harry Smith. Through an alchemical process that would make Smith proud, Johansen and the Harry Smiths turn dark tales of loss and death into aural gold.
David Johansen and the Harry Smiths