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Lee Harvey Osmond long listed for the Polaris Prize…again

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Latent Recordings artist, Lee Harvey Osmond's latest release "Beautiful Scars", has been longlisted for Canada's prestigous Polaris Music Prize. The bands previous two albums A Quiet Evil and The Folk Sinner were also long-listed for the prize. All three albums were produced by Michael Timmins. Please stop by the LHO website and take a listen…we think you'll dig the groovy vibe…man.

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Lee Harvey Osmond and The Good Family nominated for Sirius XM Indie Awards

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

We're excited to announce that two Latent artists have been nominated for 2014 Sirius XM Indie awards: Lee Harvey Osmond in the Roots Category and The Good Family in the Country Category. The winners are voted on by the public so we could use your help. Click here to cast your vote… now and vote often!!!
If you haven't had a chance to listen to either band you can do so for free by using their streaming players on their websites: Lee Harvey Osmond  and  The Good Family. Take some time and listen to some good music…it will improve your day!

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Lee Harvey Osmond on Polaris Prize prize long list

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

We are excited to announce that Lee Harvey Osmond's "The Folk Sinner" has made the long list for this years Polaris Prize. For those of you who don't live in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, the Polaris Prize is awarded annually in Canada to the artist with coolest facial hair, or the most tatoos….or maybe its for the best album voted on by those with the most facial hair and coolest tatoos. In any case, the winner gets a nice chunk of change and its always good to be recognized for a job well done…it's also a great album. If you haven't had a listen, please do so by going to the Lee Harvey Osmond website where you can listen for free.

You can find more info about the Polaris Prize here


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Lee Harvey Osmond in Toronto

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Lee Harvey Osmond will be bringing The Folk Sinner to Toronto on March 22 for a concert at The Great Hall. I will be playing along as a guest musician as will Andy Maize, (Skydiggers) Oh Susanna, Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) and Paul Reddick. You can get your tickets here:

If you haven't had a chance to listen yet, please do so:

Here is some earlier, incredible, praise for the album:

“It’s far too early to begin compiling a best of 2013 list, but The Folk Sinner is a good start. Canadiana cottage-country weirdness at its finest.”
The Record


“…this is the first must-have record of 2013. …the music Bob Dylan would have made if he could sing and play guitar like Mark Knopfler.” Berkeley Place

“prime uneasy listening” exclaim – 8/10

“ a beguiling record … jazz, country and American folk music, all filtered through Wilson’s impressive vision and impeccable taste.” Americana UK – 8/10

“Sinners seek salvation. …nocturnal incantations and lamentations.” Sun Media – Four Stars

“ …gathers infectiousness with each play and shines a light on the many facets of LeE HARVeY OsMOND. Consequence Of Sound

“The Folk Sinner is destined to be an underground classic.” Baby Sue

“it’s hard to imagine anyone not finding something on ‘The Folk Sinner’ to help you fly right down the highway to wherever you’re headed.”
No Depression

“Lee Harvey Osmond has just set the bar to an unthinkable apex for 2013 with the release of The Folk Sinner.” Spill Magazine

“The Folk Sinner is one of those rare albums that feels absolutely complete.” Grayowl Point

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The Folk Sinner – Available Now!!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The new Lee Harvey Osmond album is now available through their website and in fine Canadian record stores everywhere. The album features a beautiful duet with Margo and guest appearances by many of Canada's best musicians, singers and songwriters. So far it has been garnering a lot of great press and attention. We think most of you will appreciate it's spooky vibe and contrarian nature….in other words it sounds real cool.Here is the new video for the song "Break Your Body" featuring a beautiful Judy Garland-ess vocal by one of Canada's treasures, Hawksley Workman, and featuring a debut acting performance by Kathleen Edwards. Take a listen (there is a free player below)…if you like it, buy it and/or share it with your friends….we need more people like you.



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Lee Harvey Osmond – The Folk Sinner

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

We are very excited about an upcoming Latent Recordings release. Next Tuesday we will be releasing Lee Harvey Osmonds second album "The Folk Sinner". The album was produced and recorded by…me….so I may be biased, but it is a folkin' fine piece of work (get it?). It includes performances by many of Canada's musical luminati like Hawksley Workman, Oh Susanna, members of The Skydiggers and The Sadies and a beautiful duet with Margo. You can take a listen to the album for free at . And if you pre-order the album before next Tuesday you will get two free bonus tracks (including a very cool version of the Rolling Stones "Dear Doctor" featuring a duet with Mary Gauthier). So please support the burgeoning acid-folk movement and at the very least take a listen. Here is the first video from the album for the song Devil's Load. It is taken from the film "My Father And The Man In Black" which features some LHO music and a film score written and recorded by….me. Enjoy.

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Lee Harvey Osmond on World Cafe

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Lee Harvey Osmond recently stopped by the World Cafe studios with Aaron Goldstein in tow. Take a listen to their session.

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Lee Harvey Osmond – Parkland video

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Parkland is a track from the recent Lee Harvey Osmond cd (available for your enjoyment on this very website - listen for free, buy for cheap). It is also a song off of the much-rumoured-about-album The Kennedy Suite, which we have been working on (and off) for the past 18 months. The album is a suite of songs about the JFK assassination, written by our friend Scott Garbe. Each song in the suite is from the perspective of a historical or fictional character involved, in some manner, with the events of that tragic day. Its a brilliant collection of songs and the album will feature performances by several Canadian artists. We hope to have it out in 2010. In the meantime here is a video that someone made for the song Parkland, which is a song written from the perspective of an orderly working at Parkland hospital that day. Enjoy.


Sun through the window like a boogey man

Unfinished curtains on the nightstand

Alarm clock bounces off my head

Phone is ringing beside my bed

My son is dressed and waiting on the step

It’s the head nurse calling from Parkland.


I got a kid and his name’s John-John

Born the same day as the President’s son

Today is the day of the big parade

But they’re short at work and it’s double pay

That means a new scooter on your birthday

But the president will have to wait….


Take public transit 109

Bounce out at the Parkland sign

Bring him to work and show him around

Grab that bucket. Mop and gown

Towels and bedsheets, blankets and diapers

Wheel him around in the laundry hamper


John was the Prez, a mop was Jackie K.

We were a two-man motorcade

A girl stopped skipping to watch us shoot past

He blew her a kiss and then through the glass

Of the emergency doors we turned to see

Blood and roses, guns and grief


Bring him in and lay him down

John, bring the surgeons gloves and gowns

Through the black suits darting to and fro

I could see her shaking and alone

John-John put that bullet back

And offer Mrs. Kennedy your hand

Hold it tight ‘till her cryings done

And don’t look back, I won’t be long…


I brought fresh linen for the President

I watched the doctors pronounce him dead

Then a light voice said, “Is this your son?

He held my hand and my cryin’s done.”

Then John-John said, “You better get along,

You’ve got a birthday party to plan when you get home.”


She bent down and kissed my John-John’s face

Smoothed down her bloody dress into place

And with her son’s love as her staff

She lifted a nation on her back

She turned and nodded, we nodded back

As they carried her husband from Parkland…John-John put that bullet back

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Lee Harvey Osmond review

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Our good friend Lee Harvey Osmond is beginning to make noise and get noticed down in the good-ole USA. Here is a recent review from Blurt. If you haven’t yet checked out the album…why not….??


A Quiet Evil

Let’s see here… released on the Cowboy Junkies’ own label; produced and recorded by the CJ’s Michael Timmins; features both Michael and sister Margo, with the other members of the Junkies making guest appearances; includes a cover of an obscure CJ tune, “Angels In the Wilderness”; even mastered by the Junkies’ longtime cohort Peter J. Moore; must be a Cowboy Junkies side project, right?
Not exactly. LeE HARVeY OsMOND is the brainchild of Tom Wilson, from Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, who conceived of the project as a kind of Canadian musical collective – hence the involvement of the Timminses
et al, not to mention fellow Rodeo King Colin Linden, members of the Skydiggers and a handful of others. Wilson wrote or co-wrote most of the material and sings and plays guitar, so it’s clearly his baby, although as the notes above suggest, Cowboy Junkies fans and band trainspotters will find much about A Quiet Evil to cheer. In fact, several tunes have a familiar opiated twang and nocturnal ambiance: the spookywoozycool “Blade of Grass,” with its hushed vocal and backwards guitar swirl; the quietly intense, fuzztone-flecked blooze of “Summer Girl”; and of course pedal steel/B3-powered weeper “You Drove Me Crazy (Now I’m Gonna Stay That Way)” – how’s that for a great song title – which features Wilson and Margo Timmins in classic country duet mode.
All that aside,
A Quiet Evil ultimately lives up to its titular suggestion; there’s an understated quality here barely masking a lurking sense of desperation and malevolence. From the simmering “Lucifer’s Blues” (check Wilson’s part-spoken, part-sung vocal, which with his deep voice suggests a cross between Chuck Prophet and Dave Alvin) to a searing, edge-of-psychosis cover of Lou Reed’s “I Can’t Stand It,” the record’s steeped in a kind of gothic noir ambiance. This is only made all the more unsettling by the demented cover art, a Satanic-looking dog/rabbit mutant with sharp fangs and jutting phallus. And what’s up with the upper/lower case lettering scheme of the band name? Is there some kind of subliminal messaging going on?
Wilson may or may not have spent time in that part of Canada where the weird sunlight schedule has been known to drive folks a little bit crazy, but on the evidence of this album, he’s definitely a lotta bit twisted, so beware. Twisted in a
good way, of course…
Standout Tracks: “Queen Bee,” “Blade of Grass,” “Angel In the Wilderness,” “I Can’t Stand It” FRED MILLS

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Lee Harvey Osmond on The Loft

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Lee Harvey Osmond took time during the day off yesterday to make an appearance on XM radio’s The Loft. Check it out:

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