In 2013, Kree Harrison finished in the runner-up position during Season 12 of American Idol. As the series winds down with a two-part finale tonight and tomorrow, Harrison looks back and forward, appearing on the show’s final episode Thursday and also releasing “This Old Thing,” the title cut from her upcoming LP.
Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, “This Old Thing” lays down a cool, chunky groove and kicks in a splashy horn section to boot. At the center of it all is Harrison’s mature, soulful vocal and lyrics about playing the familiar game of love. The lyric video captures Harrison and her band in the studio setting where “This Old Thing” comes off as anything but routine.
At just 25 years old, yet a music-business veteran, the Woodville, Texas, native signed a development deal with Nashville’s Lyric Street Records at just 10 years old, parting ways with the label after two years with no music having been released. At 14 she started writing songs, and has co-penned nine of the 13 tunes on This Old Thing. The album is due later this year on Plaid Flag Records.
Another of the songs on This Old Thing is the Harlan Howard classic, “He Called Me Baby.” A hit for female country and R&B greats including Patsy Cline and Candi Staton, it was also cut (as “She Called Me Baby”) by Charlie Rich, Glen Campbell and Eddy Arnold, among several others.
“This Old Thing” is available now at iTunes.