Michael Harlen is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter originally from Silver Springs, Maryland. Growing up on DC post-punk and hardcore, Harlen started playing guitar in rock bands at age 13 and continued playing shows locally around DC and Baltimore throughout high school. In 2008 he moved to New York City to study music at New York University, and proceeded to start his career freelancing as a guitarist and bassist. In addition, Harlen started playing, recording and touring with several bands including EMEFE, Christopher Paul Sterling, and the Rad Trads.
Listen to any number of records from these bands or even the Dala Records catalog and you will hear the tasteful contributions from the one they call "Big Country." On any instrument, Michael's voice shines through and that's why we are thrilled to be present his debut solo effort. Recorded, mixed and mastered in a matter of days, The Big Country EP showcases Harlen's abilities in the studio as he performs nearly every instrument on the record himself. Special guests include fellow Rad Trads members Patrick Sargent and Michael Fatum, vocalist Melody Rabe, and trombonist Ray Mason.