Zac Harmon

Zac Harmon

BandBluesFolk

"Original Soul-Blues Enlightenment"

Biography

Winner, Pro Jammer Award - Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, Fall 06

Winner, Best New Artist Debut -- Blues Music (WC Handy) Awards 2006

Winner, Best New Blues Artist - XM Nation Music Awards 2005

Winner, Best-Unsigned Blues Band - International Blues Challenge 2004

Harmon is a man on a mission and he’s here to stay.

Zac Harmon is returning to his roots after several decades expressing an unbiased love for music.

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Harmon is a disciple of the Farish Street blues sound. (Farish Street is universally recognized as the home of many great blues legends including the late, great Elmore James.). During the 50’s and 60’s Harmon hung out at his father’s pharmacy on Farish (first African-American pharmacy in Jackson), soaking up the aura and sounds of the musician customers while developing his skills as a guitarist, organist and vocalist. Like many he honed those skills while at church.

Harmon’s early years included stints as guitarist for Z.Z Hill, Dorothy Moore, McKinley Mitchell and Sam Myers. Sam along with Jesse Robinson and Mel Brown played a significant role in Harmon’s development guiding his progress through the rifts of rock ‘n roll to the true blues. At the age of 16 he was teaching guitar at the local YMCA, instructing young men such as Eddie Cotton to play church music. Family demands and his own commitment to pursue an education meant replacing music for college. However, once completed he couldn’t stay away from his calling.

Moving to Los Angeles in 1980 to pursue a career in music, Harmon worked as a studio musician and began to make a name for himself as a writer/producer, crafting songs for such varied notables as Karyn White, Freddie Jackson, Evelyn “Champagne” King, The Whispers, Cherrelle, K.C. & Jo Jo, The Mississippi Mass Choir and Children’s Choir, Alexander O’Neal and the O’Jays. He produced songs on the Mystical Truth album for Black Uhuru that received a Grammy nomination in 1994.

Later, while composing songs for a movie score and performing those songs in the studio, Harmon decided to pursue his longtime dream of recording his first blues project. The result, Live at Babe & Ricky's Inn, (2002 Another Production Company) was an electrifying testimonial to the blues, featuring eight totally original songs that truly embodies the Mississippi blues sound.

Sponsored by the Southern California Blues Society of Los Angeles, Harmon and the Mid South Blues Revue went on to win The Blues Foundation’s 2004 International Blues Challenge as “best unsigned blues band.” Since then, there’s been no looking back with the release of the latest CD, “The Blues According to Zacariah,” appearances at US festivals, signing to a booking agent and international tours to Canada and France.

Press Release – The Blues According to Zacariah

On September 27 Zac Harmon’s debut studio album, The Blues According to Zacariah (2005 Bluestone Records/33rd Street Records), will be released as a result of an exclusive distribution agreement with Bayside Entertainment Distribution.

To celebrate the occasion Bluestone Records and Moose McGillycuddy’s in Pasadena, California will host a blues benefit on Thursday, September 29 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina featuring performances by Zac Harmon and the Mid South Blues Revue (MSBR), Bonne Musique Zydeco, The Dennis Jones Band and Gregg Wright. Zac Harmon and the Mid South Blues Revue are the 2004 International Blues Challenge "best unsigned blues band."

The Blues According to Zacariah reflects Harmon’s commitment to the blues taking the listener from the pulpit to the juke joint with such standouts as "That Mighty High," "Who’s Knockin’," "It Hurts Me Too," and "Comfort Of A Man." Guest appearances on The Blues According to Zacariah include Mickey Champion as vocalist on "It Hurts Me Too," and Gregg Wright, guitarist, on "Comfort Of A Man." Zac Harmon plays lead guitar, bass and keyboard as well as lead and background vocals. He is joined by present and former members of MSBR; Jeff Stone on harmonica, Doug "Dug Mug" Swanson on bass, Rodney "BR" Millon on guitar, Bill Purdy on organ and piano and "Cool" Cora Coleman on drums. Additional artists include Phil Gates (guitar and background vocals), Christopher Troy (piano, organ and horns), Tracy Carter (organ, clavicles and background vocals), Joshua Dunham, Andrew Gouche, P-Bass Jones (all bass) and Shannon Pearson and Dwight Wright (background vocals).

Festivals:
Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise (East and West Coast)
Bluesapalooza
Old Pasadena Summer Fest
Beale Street Music Festival
Farish Street Fest
Doheney Blues Festival
Pocono Blues Festival
SPA City Blues
Long Beach Bayou Festival
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Topanga Blues Festival
Real Folk Blues Sessions (EU)
Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival
Harvest Jazz and Blues Fest (NB)
Heritage Music Blues Festival
Sacramento He

Discography

Zac Harmon
Live at Babe and Ricky’s Inn
Bluestone Records 2003

Zac Harmon
The Blues According to Zacariah
Bluestone Records 2005

Film & Television (Writer / Producer Credits):
White Men Can’t Jump (1992) – “Can You Come Out and Play” // The O’Jays - Save The Last Dance (2001) – “Move It Slow” // Pluto Nash (2002) - "Safe In My Arms" (T.V.) Byron Allen Show, City Guys, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Ms. Milleneum Contest, Sister-Sister, The Show, BET’s Comic View, BET’s Comic Soap, J.A.G., Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, HBO Fairy Tales, Disney Promos, Family Matters, The Guys Next Door (Commercials) Coca-Cola, Jello, Jurassic Park and Nutra Mint