James Shaw Harrison

James Shaw Harrison

 New York City, New York, USA
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Falling somewhere between indie-folk and alternative-americana, i hope my music provides a breath of fresh air for listeners of all stripes and sizes. Easily accessible, subtle in tone and genuine in spirit.

Biography

Born in NYC but inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, i'm currently in full-time launch mode of my debut album, "Please Please Fantastic!"
Growing up my father would play Bruce Hornsby in the car, the sounds of which have never escaped me. Inspired by Dave Matthews' Under the Table and Dreaming in the 7th grade, I started taking guitar lessons with Frank Corrado, who encouraged me at an early age to write and record original music (back then we recorded onto a tascam 4 track portastudio). Frank has stayed with me as friend and musician since we started (about 15 years ago), and he is heavily featured on the album playing both bass and the wurlitzer.
In college at Duke University i played sporadic gigs with my friends, many of whom (including myself) were influenced by the 'jam-band' scene, but after college i moved to Asheville, NC to learn and play with some more folk musicians.

Now i'm back at home in the lower east side of Manhattan, playing solo shows around town and looking forward to playing with the full band on July 7th for the record release concert.

Lyrics

Fates Collide

Written By: James Harrison

Somehow, somewhere, our fates gonna collide.
Search high, search low, search far, search wide.

You can say what you want about your old soul.
I play my close to the vest.
Man what the hell do you know?
Take your old soul, I’ll put it to the test.

I don’t know if I know it if I see it, but I know that I’d feel it, and I know now, I don’t feel nothin’.
I don’t know if I know it if I see it, but I know that I’d feel it, and I know now, I don’t hear nothin’.

But silence in the spring.
I hear all of everything.
I hear all the people sing, and I know,
I found love.

I found love.

Burn Me Out

Written By: James Harrison

You ever feel like you're getting in your own way?
You can't step out.
You're never gonna burn me out.

Are all the women in hiding?
Maybe we should smoke them out.
You're never gonna burn me out.

You talk your passion/desire.
It really jams me up.
You really want to fuel the fire?
Just gas it up.

Family Business

Written By: James Harrison

Got my Family Business, i run it from the start, some promises i kept them in my heart.

Oh they said my business - my biz was for the birds - got their Smith & Wesson, i'm a smith of many words. Got your fancy number, and you can turn a phrase i speak plainly to the people let them go about their days.

& I aint scared,

of no black-bear, no heavy rain, deep in the wood, in the mud, in the pain.
or in the sun, catching a ray, follow the spring through the fall in the fray.

If you're a friend, then lean on me. But there are leaners, they're our worst enemies.
If you create, please don't pretend, the stuff you make won't ebb and flow into the infinite my friend.

Burn Me Out

Written By: James Harrison

You ever feel like you're getting in your own way?
You can't step out?
You're never gonna burn me out - no.

Are all the women in hiding?
Then maybe we should smoke them out.
You're never gonna burn me out - yo.

You talk your passion/desire.
It really jams me up.
You really want to fuel the fire, just gas it up.

Marie, Marie

Written By: James Harrison

Marie, Marie, ou est votre pere?
Oh you've been inert like a key under the dirt after ten years you're unearthed into the air. It's to your secret lair.

Marie, Marie, ou est ta mere?
Oh you need some lovin' like a secret in the garden you know you gotta share.

Talkin' bout her, and he, let all the children be. Followed the robin right into the secret garden all the roses she's guarding in her care, blossom in the air.

Close up at night, afraid of frost-bite.
But its a lovely night, it's a lovely sight.
But down the hall, there's sighs and sobs.
They say the boy will die young.

The servants stand and stare in awe.
They see the boy grown tall.
He's king of them all.

Discography

Please Please Fantastic! debut album www.pleasepleasefantastic.com

Set List

Typical set list heavily features songs from the debut album, along with covers (bob marley to bob dylan).