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David Ryan Harris
David Ryan Harris Dates
Thu Oct 19, 2023 - 8:00 PM
Pockets Presents: David Ryan Harris
Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA

David Ryan Harris Biography

I am searching for the truth in music. Hopefully it is my devotion to the truth that connects me to an audience. Raised in Atlanta, I heard music, melodies and stories in my head as a child. It never went away and I hope it never does. After experimenting with drums, piano and other instruments in my teens I began my love/hate affair with the guitar. Drawn to the blues after hearing songs by Son House, Robert Johnson and others and growing up at a time when Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder and other musicians were stretching the boundaries of popular music I began to understand that music could not and should not be limited by our often narrow views of what it should be. Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Donny Hathaway, The Beach Boys, The Band, Led Zeppelin, The Police, A Tribe Called Quest, Bad Brains, Sly & The Family Stone, Tom Petty, Tears For Fears, Talk Talk, Thomas Dolby, Japan, Stevie Wonder. They all belong together. I co-founded a band called Follow For Now in 1991 in the hopes of creating a sound that combined all the influences that had been shaping my musical vision. While the band had a short life, it was my launching pad, as it allowed me to taste the fruits of such a strange mess of musical ingredients. I was signed to Brendan O'brien's Columbia imprint in 1997 and began to spread my wings as an artist, writer and producer. Since then I have had the pleasure of writing, playing and/or producing for numerous artists from Dave Matthews to jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, from Widespread Panic to Santana, from Marc Broussard to Guy Sebastian, from Dionne Farris to John Mayer. I'd like to think that this is just the beginning. Like a secret that can no longer be contained, the voice, the songs, the truth. David Ryan Harris.

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