Jason Harrod

Jason Harrod

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

Peter Gabriel meets Neil Young

Biography

Jason Harrod draws from the best traditions of American music to create a sound all his own. His songs about lost love, found joys, and spiritual longing have garnered him a loyal following across the country.

Harrod’s latest release, Bright As You, finds him backed by a crack group of musicians featuring Phil Madeira (Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Al Green, Mavis Staples). The songs, sung in a rich, brooding tenor and underscored by inventive guitar work, range from the Beatle-esque "Bright As You" to the blues-infused “Night, Fall On Me,” to the dark, ambient lament “Messed Up Everywhere Blues,” which appeared in the 2007 film "The Wager," starring Randy Travis.

After releasing 3 albums to critical acclaim as half of the folk-pop duo Harrod and Funck, Jason ventured out on his own. In 2000, he won first place in the bluegrass category of MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting competition, an honor held by Grammy Nominees Tift Merrit and Gillian Welch. He followed that up with a first place win in the 2001 North Carolina Songwriters Co-op contest and in 2002 appeared on the Legendary Arthur Smith’s “Carolina Calling” television show along with Alison Krauss and Union Station. In 2005, Jason performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IMBA) annual gathering as part of an emerging artist showcase. This year (2009), he was selected for a spotlight performance at the annual Healdsburg Guitar fetival sponsored by Acoustic Guitar magazine.

Jason was recently the recipient of a Lincoln City
Fellowship for songwriting and also was named a fellow of New York’s International
Arts Movement.

Living in Skin, Jason’s acoustic-based first album, features the award-winning song “Carolina,” which is a mainstay on NPR's "Back Porch Music," and "Siren Song," which was featured on the very first Paste Magazine Music Sampler.

Lyrics

When I Fly Away

Written By: Jason Harrod

When I fly away, I will be unbound.
When I fly away, I'm nowhere to be found.
Windows, rapturous windows, blue, infinite blue.
End and endless, could it be that I was meant for you?

When I fly...
When I fly...

When I fly away through the heat and cold.
When I fly away, I will not grow old.
Senses, I came to my senses, and you were all that I knew.
End and endless, could it be that I was meant for you?

When I fly...
When I fly...

I don't want to talk about it.
I don't want to get high.
I don't want to talk, I want to fly.

When I fly away, I won't be afraid.
When I fly away, I will be remade.
When I fly...
When I fly...

Messed Up Everywhere Blues

Written By: Jason Harrod

I got the messed up everywhere blues
Every night and every day.
Yes I do have those messed up blues,
And I wish they'd go away.

I met a man, he had the lonesome Tennessee kind.
He was all messed up and hurt.
And I met a man, he had the low-down Memphis kind of blues,
But the kind I have are worse.

I got the messed up everywhere blues
Every night and every day.
Yes I do, yes I do, yes I do, yes I do.
And they just won't go away.

When you were a girl, I loved your smooth, smooth skin,
And I praised the author of your eyes.
But you don't love me now, just like you didn't love me then,
And I want to kiss your worry lines.

I got the messed up everywhere blues
Every night and every day.
Yes I do, yes I do, yes I do have those blues.
And they just won't go away.

A while ago, I had those New York City blues.
Right where the Hudson meets the sea.
You know, I barely made it out alive,
Barrelling across the Tappan Zee.

And I've got a hot, hot heart,
Burning like a coal.
And I've got a hot, hot heart.

Jesus, don't you take my song away.
That's one thing I ask of you.
Jesus, won't you let my clumsy fingers play?
You know I only play for you.

For Your Time

Written By: Jason Harrod

Babylon, the cradle of our time.
Soldiers fight for the right to march in line.
Glass is made from sand and sun and lime.
Am I right, am I right for your time?

I saw Alexander raging on the seas,
A mighty Colossus cut down at the knees.
Tell me how can you suffer such as these
When our wings turn to dust in the breeze?

I saw Alexander shining in the sun,
Standing tall with boats and armies on the run.
There's a camel struggling in the needle's eye.
Am I right, am I right for your time?

I'm going to come home on my shield,
Or I'm not coming home at all.
I'm going to come home on my shield,
When the mighty fall.

I saw Cleopatra floating down the Nile.
I said, "Hey, won't you share your kingdom with me for awhile."
We rested easy in a city built by slaves,
While the truth hid in mountaintops and caves.

Discography

Bright As You, 2007

Living In Skin, 2002

Live (with Harrod and Funck), 1998

Harrod and Funck (self-titled LP), 1997

Dreams of the Colorblind (with Harrod and Funck), 1993

Set List

All originals, except sometimes I cover Mancini's "Moon River." I usually do two 45 min sets:

1. The Sun is Up
2. Kickin' Mule mp3
3. When I Fly Away
4. Messed Up Everywhere Blues mp3
5. Bright As You
6. Night, Fall On Me
7. Voyeurs
8. Mad Girlfriend
9. Goodnight, Sunshine
10. For your Time

1. Siren Song mp3
2. Waiting For My Day
3. When I Get Home
4. Ferry Man
5. Powderhouse Rag
6. Siobhan
7. Looming
8. Lifeline
9. Carolina
10 Nemo Incognito