David Ryan Harris w/ Andy Davis
Nice to meet you. My name is David Ryan Harris.
Born in Chicago. Raised in Atlanta. Live in Los Angeles.
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.
So, there it is: I am a soul singer that plays guitar.
And sometimes: I am a guitarist who sings soulfully.
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.
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:
Bad Brains meets Stevie Wonder and Public Enemy in Memphis.
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.
Signed to Brendan O