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Blue Élan ~ A Long Story Short....

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Blue Élan ~ A Long Story Short....

Blue Élan - A Long Story Short.


Driving across America would have seemed like a tall task a few years ago…. Now I just look at it like an extended drive to work.  Getting on the road is always a relief for me.  The 3 months leading to the On Mercy Street tour were not easy. The long long LOOOONG days on the computer & phone for months on end, waiting for venues to get back to you, making sure the routing is good, that the drives aren't too long, that we can make it to the next venue in time for sound check, making sure there is enough income to keep the whole thing running. It's all left behind the second I get on the stages and do a million miles on my bus.  I Start to see all the phone calls and emails morph into an actual touring show.  And all just to sing a few songs.  There is no greater feeling of accomplishment.....



When the band arrived in LA in mid OCT 2015 we done about a dozen unannounced shows around the local LA dive bar scene (sorry we never told you,) just to get myself and the band in tip top shape before we head out on the road to play for all you beautiful people.


The Very 1st official show found us playing a sold out show at the Genghis Cohen Lounge here in LA, Where I was greeted by the folk from the most awesome record company in the World Blue Élan.  They had loved everything they heard online and wanted to come see the show in the flesh.  I had met them through the Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin who is also signed to the label. That night I was offered a new recording contract with the label,  I couldn't have been happier. Since then I have signed and we have been working very hard to have a big release on March 11th 2016 through iTunes, Barnes & Nobel and Amazon.  Its crazy how life can change that fast.  When one door closes another always opens.






Keith and Kirk Pasich owner of Blue Élan.


“SIDE STORY~ I met Jack in a thrift store in Encinitas late last summer.  He commented on my shirt and we talked for a minute and that was that.  A week later I was backstage after seeing the Zac Brown Band at Kaboo Festival in San Diego.  Who did I see but the guy from the thrift store that commented on my shirt - Jack.  Since then we have written some songs together that Jack has told me is going on his new album.  Amazing.  You may have heard one from the tour called “A Care Free Heart?”  It was jack that showed my music to Blue Élan.” Its funny, you never know who you are talking to.”



“The On Mercy Street,” tour was amazing.  You guys made every single grueling mile and joyous note worth while.  You guys, the Harkin Army are the ones that make everything it possible.  We done 58 shows in 65 days.  Trust me when I say this…. thats about as tall an order any band anywhere will do.  I also want to thank my band and crew, they made it the easiest hardest tour I’ve ever done.  I love each and every one of you mad yahoo’s.


Drums - Geoff Holdroyde

Guitar- Dave Bakey

Keys- Peter Sherridan

Bass- Vezio Bacci

Tour Manager- Gian Carlos Gadd

Merch Girl/ Shrink- Miss Kelsey Nichols.




Playing an outdoor Jam under the LA Stars.




Keith & the band on Broadway in Nashville.



I flew back to Ireland the day after the 58 show tour finished.  I got home on Christmas morning.  I was only home 2 days before i had to fly out for another show at my friend Glenn & Mindy Stearns in Jackson Hole Wyoming. It was a crazy show.  Ive never performed whilst Cirque du Soleil performers done acrobatics above me and Dick Cheney was in the crowd along with a very eclectic group of people.  My Friends Glenn & Mindy know how to party.  Thats one of the reasons why we are friends. ;)




Keith & Glenn.  New years day shenanigans


I’m now back in La on the grind.  Ducking & diving and doing what ever it takes to get “On Mercy Street” to the top.  Myself & the record company have been working on some cool gift ideas for the Harkin Army.  we were filming last week so you guys can hear all thats going on!


Well i better go and get back to it.  Tomorrow we are filming music video #3 for the new album.  So much goodness coming you way.


Thanks for the support.  You guys make it all worth while.


Love & Respect.








Final farewell on the last show.




Keith decided to do bus concerts on this tour.  Yes. Bus Concerts. did you make it to one?




Keith & Vezzio 




It may always seem planned and rehearsed, getting a set list ready moments before we go on.




The Band Modeling the Hoodies (which are now only $30 on harkinheadquarters.com)




Carlo and kelsey with the band at Niagara Falls.  We almost got the Tour bus stuck under a bridge on the way there.





There's never a dull moment.  Enrollee Philly the generator broke.  Its cool. I got this ;)








Just another TV slot.



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  • Guest
    Marion Pallarino Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Congratulations on your contract signing with Blue Elan! They knew you were an amazing talent, and entertainer when they heard you sing! You've come a long way since I saw you in 2008! The door that closed, only brought you a better door that opened wide and now you are a success, through determination
    and the love you have for music! You have a beautiful soulmate Kelsey, your lives will be exciting, adventurous and loving! I have your cd on Mercy Street, and play it every night when I'm in bed! It's so peaceful to relax and listen to the one and only you! God bless you on your journey! :)

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    Lisa Keener Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Hey Keith! Thanks for sharing so much of behind the scenes! My son, Dylan, & I loved every minute of the Pittsburgh show! I've been hearing OMS songs pretty much every day being played on either the piano or cello since then! He was freaking out when he heard cello on the cd! Thanks for all the hard work that you & the band/crew put into every amazing show! Coming & enjoying shows, we have no idea what goes into making it possible! Glad you were able to have the down time to reconnect with family & friends! Looking forward to continuing this incredible journey with you & Kelsey! Take care! =)

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    Debra Hall Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Definitely going to see you this time around!! Awesome CD & tunes!! Respect how you stay true to you in a crazy business!! Much love to you & the band!!

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    karen caprio flynn Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Always enjoy following your journey and always wishing you success and happiness in it's path. Proud to be your fan. Let me know when u are ready for that Jersey shore house concert!!

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    Linda J Nelson Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    what a wonderful person you are! you appreciate you supporters and you don't forget your roots!! you leave such an imprint on our hearts! I pray for safe travels for you all, as you tour and just daily life. Life is beautiful....thank you for making ours!!! hope to see you soon! tomorrow it will be 1 yr since seeing CT in Kearney Nebraska, and the 21st in Omaha...you all sure made I and my friends year...wow!!! and then see you last November in Lincoln!!! 3 times in 1 yr!!! :) life could not be better!!

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    Kathie Jahn Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Went to your Seattle show to bad we couldn't have taken the guitar you left behind to you in Portland, but the trip was awesome. We traveled from Spokane by Am Track spending only 1 night in town and we had a ball listening to you and the band. Good to see you haven't left your humbleness behind. Keep up the great work, and we will be there to watch and listen.

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    Debra Kline Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    You are the best singer/songwriter out there today! I love what you do and all the support you get AND give! Music makes my heart beat! Always has, always will. Thank you for being a beacon in the darkness that today's music has become.

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    Deb Pevlin Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Love your blogs, always informative but in a fun way. You write just like you talk, which is a good thing! Nothing formal or stilted. Your "On Mercy Street" tour was great, saw you at the Hard Rock in Boston. You put together a fabulous band, too! I'm hoping that "A Carefree Heart" makes it onto album #3 :) Your star is really starting to rise, Keith, just like we all knew it would. Keep on rolling, kiddo, and we'll keep on following ;)

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    Rhonda Kaesberg Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Nice blog Keith, a fitting re-cap for a great tour. I know how much planning goes into each show and to put them together, and back to back takes an enormous amount of planning. When a tour comes off without any glitches its because someone did a fantastic job of planning. And that would be you! I enjoyed meeting Kelsey, she is a sweetheart! I think you have found the perfect person to share your life with and I couldn't be happier for you! I believe you are on your way to making your mark in the music industry. I am happy that I have gotten to take this journey with you and it means a lot that you are grateful for the army behind you. After all these years I feel like I know you (even though you don't know me) and I love you like a son. I hope someday soon to be watching you at the Grammy awards. Keep on Rollin down Mercy Street and you will get there!

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    Karen O'Dell Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    You are truly a hard working guy!! When you perform you make it look so easy, but we know it's not. I can't wait for the videos!! You have worked so long & hard, you deserve the best life has to give. See you on the Mercy Street tour.Love you lots! XXOOXO :)

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    Debra Dunn, Martinsburg WV Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Oh how I would love to see you in concert OMS or CT. Hope you get to the east coast. There is gonna be a caravan from our area when we hear. Idea! Hollywood casino in Charles Town WV has someone everyweekend. Something to think about! Would I love to see you there!!!

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    Norma McBrayer Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Keith and Kelsey, To say that you all continue to amaze me would be the understatement of the decade! I am proud to be a member of the Harkin Army and as long as I can I will continue to support you in any way I possibly can. OMS has taken over residence in my car's CD player...but every once in a while I give it a rest and listen to 'Keith Harkin' for a while. Did I tell you that when I traded in my last car (a yellow VW beetle) there was a Keith Harkin CD stuck in the CD player? Who knows. maybe the new owners are now members of the Harkin Army as well! Thanks for the blog...and for keeping all of us 'in the loop' with what you have coming down the pike for us.

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    Mary Beth Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    You, keith are the most talented and hardworking young man, I've ever come across, you talents and interests are amazing, you're genuine, and funny, and you meet and greet all you fans, whether they be young or old and I really, really wish you major success, your Celtic thunder style singing is what makes me the happiest, but I also enjoy your folk/rock style too! Knock em dead, keith!

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    Tommie Parker Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    Loved your show in Little Rock, Arkansas, "On Mercy Street", at Juanita's on a rainy night. They have moved to a larger building, in a different area in Little Rock. Wishing you well, Peace, Love, & Light on your journey. Hope we see you again, when you can be here. Congratulations on your achievements! So much more to come!YeeeeeeeeeeeeeHawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Watched Grammys last night, you will be there too!!!!!!!!

  • Guest
    Carol Bevan Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    Keith, I have been following you for years now since I first saw you on FOXTEL singing "Surf City" in a Green suit. You reminded me very much of my son I lost Russell. I had the pleasure of following your first US tour with Dave and Barry. I felt so proud when I saw you on a bill board in Times Square. I was so happy when I got to meet you in the foyer at Jupiters Casino and you shook my and my husbands hands. It was a real musso hand shake. My son Patrick has the same one after many, many years of playing a guitar. All I can say to you is that Dreams Can Come True when you Follow Your Dreams and Reach for the Stars. Good on you Keith and Rock On.

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    Margaret Stroud Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    Wow Keith you have been very busy. we would love to see you do some solos in OZ maybe one day wishing all the best for the future you deserve it. You work so hard but what makes you special is that you stay grounded must have been the way your parents bought you up.:)

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    margaret Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    keith this is a great blog .im glad to hear your doing well . I have purchased your cd and it is fantastic the songs are great.im hoping someday I don't know when I would like to see you solo show .I have seen you with ct and you guys were great .keep up the the great music ,hope to see you live someday love and prayers always . margaret

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    Lisa Saffels-Ritchie Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    Great Blog. I am so excited for all of us "Harkin Army" soldiers getting to spread the word and love for your music. Your hard work is finally paying off. Finally people who can get your name out there are realizing everything we have known all along. YOUR AMAZING!!!! It has been so much fun being in the ARMY for the last 3+ years and to see how much you have grown. I am proud to be a supporter of you and Harkin Headquarters. I LOVED the On Mercy Street shows in Seattle and Portland and can't wait to catch you again next month at The Old Church. Waiting patiently to see the videos for your album and to see you RISE to the top. You have a great team and know we are here to support you and your dreams!!!!

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    Emma Jean Reynolds Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    Thanks Keith for the grate show in Indianapolis In Please try to come back to Indiana WE LOVE YOU A LOT

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    michael Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    KEith I am in Tyler 90 miles southeast of Dallas. Your voice is awesome as always. Your the Man!

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