Cheaper Than Therapy is a leading cover band in DC, playing local bars and clubs, festivals on Pennsylvania Avenue and H Street as well as events at large venues such as the Black Cat, the Howard Theatre and the Reagan Building. Using their diverse musical experience and style, the band members make cover rock and blues songs their own by giving them the "therapy treatment."

At the core is lead singer Karen Harris whose rich and powerful vocals immediately grab the attention of anyone within earshot. She is joined by original band members Doug Harris on bass and seasoned rock guitarist David Boris. CTT’s feel and grove change and develop as members have moved in and out of DC.  The band’s newer members include solo guitarist Adam McGraw, drummer Conor O’Brien, and supporting vocalist Hope Scheller. Together these six musicians blow the door off Janis Joplin, Grace Potter and Blondie tunes and get the audience up and dancing to the Police, Prince and Violent Femmes beats. 

Cheaper Than Therapy brings its performance savvy and energy to every stage as they create their own interpretations of cover songs and mix up unusual bedfellows such as The Kinks and Tina Turner, or Amy Winehouse and Pink. Classic rock tunes from Bowie to the Rolling Stones get the full-funk treatment, creating fresh, lively interpretations of these popular rockers.

 What the musicians feel has been so special about Cheaper Than Therapy – and perhaps where the genesis of the name comes from – is the new found energy and excitement it has brought them. Most of CTT’s musicians had relegated themselves to playing solo, or putting their instruments down over the years. Some members were still playing out, but sporadically.  “You take a bunch of professionals in need of some stress relief and put their talents to good use banging out Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, The Police, Pink, Talking Heads and The Stones, and you’ve got a lot of latent talent just waiting to bust loose,” says CTT’s guitarist, David Boris.

The band has built a loyal following of all ages - it’s all the great songs from today mixed with your favorites from the 70s 80s and 90s brewed together for a high-energy show meant for the party set!

Cheaper Than Therapy is:
  • Karen Harris lead vocals
  • Doug Harris bass
  • David Boris guitar
  • Adam McGraw guitar
  • Conor O'Brien drums
  • Hope Scheller backing vocals
  • Guest musicians include Eric McMillan horn, Paul Phifer trombone, Bob Ourlian keyboards & Glenn Wiser guitar. 
  • Former band members include Pippa Trench drums, Amar Inamdar guitar, Bob Ourlian & Atsuko Horiguchi keyboards, and Camille Martone, Marla Viorst & Elaine Eagle vocals.

Check out CTT's radio interview on WAMU: Metro Connection with Kavitha Cardoza.