Will Harrison

Will Harrison

BandAmericanaAcoustic

A Place Called Home reaffirms that Americana-folk artists continue to achieve honesty and simple beauty in an age where video kills the radio star.

Biography

Will Harrison's mother taught him to play the piano almost before he could walk. He didn't really care much for it, though, until one summer visit to cousins in the country: “They all played guitar and sang... needless to say, I went home and asked my dad for a guitar.” Then Will hit the regular musical milestones of adolescence - boy forms band, band plays on local radio station, boy leaves band because he wants to try other things. But living in a small town does have its advantages. “I'll never forget my mom taking me to Hardy, Arkansas to the town square. Every Sunday afternoon all these people would gather around with banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, and guitars. They'd play these great old traditional tunes for hours, just having fun. That really left its mark on me.”

At age 16 Will knew that music had its choke-hold on his entire being. While his family did want him to find a career to 'fall back on', Will pressed on with songwriting. “My family wanted me to go to college, but my 'plan B' was always welding... I've used it to pay the bills when music didn't. Actually, I owe a lot to welding. I worked the road quite a bit after age 18 - Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Colorado... I always seem to write better when I'm traveling. I think you can hear [that time period] in my songs...” Literally. Even Will's new record was recorded in his home studio, built by money earned from welding AND busking.

While his deep, resonant voice is quite at home fronting big rock bands, Will's harnessing his power in more sparse, intimate settings and to astounding affect. Rustic and rootsy, his aptly titled debut solo album, A Place Called Home (2007, Circle Back Music), features Will's triple-threat abilities as singer, songwriter, and musician. While he plays most of the instruments, the album also features Matt McCord (Cake, The Arlenes, Team Sleep) and Chase Pagan (militia group) as well as a collection of songs that combine the fingerprints of Will's musical influences (James Taylor, Shawn Mullins, Johnny Cash), his gift for humble storytelling, and the soft echoes of a rural Arkansas upbringing.

A Place Called Home reaffirms that Americana-folk artists continue to achieve honesty and simple beauty in an age where video kills the radio star. It's comforting to know that artists like Will still care about the true bottom line, and that's how the listener connects to the music. “ I don't know if my music will ever affect change, but I hope it affects someone... That's what music is - finding your own personal truth within the lyrics. Some people write 100 songs in a year. I'm just the opposite. I'd rather wait for that perfect moment of inspiration that you can't MAKE happen... it just does. That's when the song's really going to have something to say."

Lyrics

Borderline

Written By: Will Harrison

Send my love to Carolina
Tell her every things alright
Well the days are long and the nights are brighter
When there ain't no one nowhere in sight
Send my love to Carolina
Cause in my mind that's where I'll be
And this old dirt road is a still reminder
That there ain't no end in sight for me
Oh no there ain't no end in sight for me

We'll sail a long way from the sad and lonely
And stake our own claim on the borderline
I'll let that North Star guide me to your warm heart
And Ill hold you close and love you till the end of time

It's 4 a.m. here in Colorado...
an old song plays on the radio
Ill pack my things this time tomorrow
And tell my love I'm coming home

We'll sail a long way from the sad and lonely
And stake our own claim on the borderline
I'll let that North Star guide me to your warm heart
And Ill hold you close and love you till the end of time

Send my love to Carolina
Tell her everything's alright
there ain't no one nowhere in sight

A Place Called Home

Written By: Will Harrison

Another mile on a country Road
Another year and I feel so old
take me back to the places where I used to go
Give me one good reason to believe in somethin' real
That I wish I could feel
From City lights to a starlit cove.
Take me back to a place called home
Settled in and waiting for the ones you love
Now you can say what feel cause you know that you made it. Face it.

Its the choice that you live by and this is what you get
Sail away with me in the middle of the night
Take a chance on love if you know that its alright
yeah, you waited so long for it
By the light of a starlit sky

Photograph a familiar smile
take it in for a little while
coming back to the places that I used to know
I spent a long time searchin' down this long dark lonesome road
That I wish I didn't know
So sail away with me in the middle of the night
take a chance on love if you know that its alright
You waited so long for it by the light of a starlit sky
I see you standin' in the rain..take the burden for the pain
This loneliness it has a name..It wont stop searching for you but after all its a silent reminder of whats left behind you now...

Beggars+Saints

Written By: Will Harrison

All this time I've been searching for something that I believe
all the beggars and saints unravel the same
calling out my name

I can see it there on the other side waiting for me
when theres nowhere to run and get away

I need the strength to recover
and some time to discover me
In the arms of a lover
truth will set you free

Close your eyes we'll rise against the tide and fight to calm the storm
through the riddles and pain...the sinners in vain
are calling out my name

I can see it there on the riverside waiting for me
when theres nowhere to run and get away

I need the strength to recover
and some time to discover me
let the love of a mother
come and rescue me

Life will never be the same without you
and I say to you "walk away?..don't walk away
we all fall down..we all fall down"

Dance with the Devil

Written By: Will Harrison

I sat alone this time...then I turn around
I saw a lonely town...I'm gonna burn it down
and now I'm feeling the wave, been running for days
its crashing over me...
like a wheel I'm spinning round and around again
Somebody PLEASE wont you help me write this down tonight
I'm going down in a sea of red...
I'm never alone but it took me far to long to wake up...
and realize what they done to me
and then you turn it around

I'm not alone this time...so you come around
said its a long way down...we're gonna hit the ground
and now I'm feeling the weight, been running for days
whats coming over me?
cause I feel just like a bird with broken wings

Somebody PLEASE wont you help me write this down tonight
I'm going down in a sea of red...
I'm never alone but it took me far to long to wake up...
and realize what they done to me

turned around...caught in a lonely sound
and this town is bringing me down tonight
her eyes spoke of a lonely heart
in my mind I'm out underneath the stars

Moonlight Dance with the Devil...
Goodbye! Thanks for the trouble...

I Went South

Written By: Will Harrison

I went south and tried to find a friend
hello good to see ya..now I'm left here in the cold again
So I took my troubles and I bid my time
went up to the river where I drew a line
Oh Lord you know my strength is wearing thin
I keep running but it seems I never win
and I've been thinking that it's time I make a change
I spent another sleepless night out on the road
when I'm playing to live, I'm not ready to go

I went south and tried to find a friend
well hello good to see ya now I'm left here in the cold again
Yeah..well I got back and it came so clear
I got nothing to loose..I got nothing left to fear

Cause I'm on my way to your heart tonight
Close your eyes and hold on tight
I took the midnight flight from Houston
and I'm coming home to you

Don't let these moments pass you by
its all we have to hold on to...
Speak in riddles..move in time
this life is mine to hold on to...

Discography

A Place Called Home 2007

Set List

Will Harrison 45min Set:

Morning Train
Borderline
Talkin Money
Beggars+Saints
Stagecoach Rd.
I Went South
A Place Called Home
Dance with the Devil