Harrison Country is an Americana group based in Annapolis, Maryland. Members include Don, Karen and Amy Harrison, Jennie Harrison Young, and Lexi White. They are backed by extraordinary musicians: Bryan and Aidan Ewald, Josh Chapman, Larry Byrne, Brad Kimes and Brandon Bartlett. The group's Founder, Don Harrison, has dubbed their music “21st Century Folk Music.”
Their debut album, Climate Change, is an eclectic mix of Americana that draws on the richest traditions of American popular music: Nashville, Chicago, Motown, Laurel Canyon, Memphis, Bourbon St., Big Pink and Broadway. "When you take a trip to Harrison Country, you’ll laugh, cry, think, get in the groove and sing along. You might find yourself out with the girls on Saturday night, hoping all those Mr. Wrongs finally turn into Mr. Rights. Or laughing with a dad as he tries to referee the never-ending insult contest between his two teenage daughters. You’ll meet a man who can’t believe that the key to a woman’s heart is her nail-polish color. You might find yourself in a small-town church, singing along in a Nashville honky-tonk, strutting down Bourbon St. or watching a musical comedy on Broadway. And no matter where you end up, you’ll never be too far from the Chesapeake Bay and its winding tributaries."
Harrison Country is one of the featured artists on BWH Music Group's upcoming album, Keepin' It Country. BWH Music Group interviewed the group's founder, Don Harrison. What is the name of the song you have on ‘Keepin’ It Country, Vol. One’?
"Men in the House"
What is the inspiration behind your song? Or what is your song about? I attended an awards banquet where one of the guests had a medical issue and an ambulance had to be called. The emcee shouted from the podium “is there a doctor in the house?” I had just finished reading Leonard Sax’s book Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys. The combination of that call for help and Sax’s catalog of the sad state of young American manhood led to the rogue’s gallery of “catwalk cowboys” and “dumbbell divas” and the girls crying out “ain’t there a man in the house?”
How did you write your featured song? Or can you describe your songwriting process?
I draw inspiration from stuff I hear or find lying around me. Situations in which I find myself. I guess I’m something of a songwriting “junk” artist. Sometimes a phrase just pops into my head. I was at a concert, and during the intermission, there was some faint background music playing. I couldn’t hear the lyrics, didn’t know the song, but I was humming along and the phrase “coffee black, whiskey straight” drifted into my mind. That was the genesis of "When the Fat Lady Sings" from our album Climate Change.
If you could share the stage with one Country artist, who would it be?!
Brandy Clark. I think she is the most underappreciated talent in country music today. Her album Big Day in a Small Town is a masterpiece of country story telling. Damn near every song is a gem.
Who or what has inspired you the most in your music career?
Lyrically, Chuck Berry inspired me a great deal. Though he is considered the father of rock and roll, his lyrics are pure country in the sense that his songs are full of people, places, dialogue and situations. You’d be hard pressed to find an abstract noun in any of his lyrics or mine.
How did you first get introduced to Country music? Or what made you decide to pursue Country music?
I don't believe we could get any country stations in Annapolis when I was a kid, so I was first introduced to country through the crossover hits of the '60's, We had a red and white Philco radio in the kitchen and my mother would sing along to songs like King of the Road while she was working around the house. When we were out in a restaurant I remember begging her to play "Ring of Fire" on the jukebox, over and over again.
Of the songs you have written, which one was the most challenging to write and why?
Fantasy League. It's a songwriting exercise in flat notes, and I've lost track of how many sessions it took Lexi and I to come up with harmony parts that fit the song. In addition, the lyrics are full of internal rhymes and trying to get them to sound natural sometimes felt like I was trying to put together a Rubik's Cube.
Where do you live and how is the Country music scene there!? We're from Annapolis, Md., and for a fairly small town, Annapolis has developed a thriving music scene in all genres.
So, what’s coming up in the future? We’re planning another album, tentatively titled Keeper of the Past. This will be more of a theme album – stories from the past, folks trying to navigate today with yesterday’s chart books. But I think we’ll keep the same musical approach we had in Climate Change. Every song will be like the chocolates in Forrest Gump’s box – you never know what you’re gonna get!
Tell us where fans can access your music. We're Spotify and Apple Music. Fans can also access our tunes on our website.
Along with Harrison's Country's Song “Men in the House,” BWH Music Group’s Keepin' It Country, Vol. One, by Various Artists, will host an eclectic mix of 17 songs today's best Independent Country Artists and Songwriters. Stayed tuned for the release of Keepin It Country just in time for Labor Day, 2019! Stayed tuned for the release of Keepin It Country, Vol. One, by Various Artists, just in time for Labor Day, 2019! The album will be released worldwide on CDbaby and available on all major digital outlets.
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