Ed Gary

Country Music Hall of Famer, Ed was born Edward Gary Holcombe in 1945 to the Reverend Earl Forrest Holcombe and Maybell Kathrine Dean Holcombe at the John Gaston Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Ed Gary, as country music fans came to know him, grew up around music as Memphis was a melting pot for music genres like Gospel, Rockabilly, Blues and Country. and with both sides of his family being blessed with singers and musicians. In addition, both his father and mother were gospel singers, so it came natural for Ed to find the interest to be a singer and musician.

Ed first sang in his father’s church at the age of three. He learned to play guitar by the time he was nine years old. And shortly after that, he was being heard on a weekly radio show when he was just ten!

 

Ed later moved to Nashville where he continued to hone his talents with country music and gained the respect and support of the country music community.

His made his first recording at the age of seventeen (circa 1962) – a couple of country classics – “Blackboard Of My Heart” b/w “Am I That Easy To Forget”.

Those recordings were the beginning of a long career in the music he loved—Country Music.

It was in 1980 that he met music producer John (Fish man) Fisher. In the latter part of the 1980s and early 1990s, Fish Man would produce Ed’s music for the Player International Label, leading to three Number One hits for Ed.

 

The only “problem” was that they were all Number One in Europe and only made it as high as the Top 30 charts here in the United States.

Mr. Fisher suffered a major stroke in 1993 and that meant Ed was without a producer again. But he regrouped and released a TV album for CMI in early 1993.

To date he has had 18 # 1’s on indie charts world wide

Ed now lives in Glendale, Arizona, which is a suburb of Phoenix. Ed is still singing and playing bass in his four piece band plus being booked as a single and duo shows.

Over the years he has been blessed to work with some of the biggest and best names in the music business. In early years he was a front man for many big acts and later as opening act for package shows. He was also the headliner of his own shows.

To name a few he has roused the crowds for: Ernest Tubb, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, David Houston, Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman, Bill Anderson, Roy Acuff, Little Jimmy Dickens, Hank Snow, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell. and many more.

Ed even did a pre show for Elvis. As you can see, the list goes on and on.

He has hosted his own television and radio shows across America. He was featured on The Ralph Emory Show, The Jerry Lewis Telethon in its early days, Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry from Osage Beach, Missouri and and last, but not least, The Grand Ole Opry.

He is now President/Talent coordinator and General Manager of the Prescott Opry. prescottopry.com

Ed has also found the time to appear in a few movies, 96 in all, such as Coal Miners Daughter and Smokey and the Bandit.

Some of the films from  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3061724/

 

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Terry Jennings

This article is provided in whole by Author: Terry Jennings and submitted by Sheri Lynn to Randy Lockhart (editor-in-chief) for the Magazine.

Terry Jennings

Terry Jennings is CEO and founder of Korban Music Group, LLC.  Jennings was introduced to the music business at an early age through his work as production manager for his father, West Texas Legend Waylon Jennings.

His combination autobiography and memoir, Waylon Tales of My Outlaw Dad (Hachette, 2016), was praised by Willie Nelson “a terrific tribute, from a son to his father”.

Born when Waylon was only nineteen, Terry came of age just as Waylon’s career hit the stratosphere with hits like “I’ve Always Been Crazy” and “Good Hearted Woman,” one of his famous Willie Nelson duets.

Terry dropped out of high school at the age of 15 and joined his dad on tour, and the two became more like brothers than father and son.

On the road, they toured with legends like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter, Waylon’s fourth and final wife and many more legendary entertainers.

 

 

Terry Jennings- Book Signing

Together father and son led a hard-partying lifestyle centered around music, women, and drugs.

Waylon’s success—critical acclaim, bestselling albums, sold-out tours, and even TV stardom on The Dukes of Hazzard—was at times eclipsed by his demons, three divorces, crippling debt, and a depression that Terry traces to the premature death of Buddy Holly. (Waylon was supposed to be on Holly and Ritchie Valens’s doomed flight.)

Through it all, Terry worked on the touring crew, helped manage Waylon’s career, and became one of his father’s closest confidantes.

Debunking myths and sharing incredible never-before-told stories, this book is a son’s loving and strikingly honest portrait of his father, “the greatest Outlaw country musician to grace this earth” and an unlikely but devoted family man. Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad will resonate for generations of fans.

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In his revealing new book, Waylon Jennings’ son Terry discusses his father’s legacy and what he really thought of the ‘outlaw country’ movement.”— Wide Open Country”

Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad is a quick, fun read that offers the reader an intimate look inside a world that doesn’t exist anymore.”—VICE”
Tender but lucid memoir that doesn’t sugarcoat Waylon’s raucous life.”—Garden & Gun
Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad

“I’m so excited about Terry’s new book.”—-Dolly Parton
“As his son Terry wonderfully captures in this book, Waylon was an outsider trying to figure out how to be in a town like Nashville and stay true to his music and who he is”. – Keith Urban

From the Foreword by Ken Mansfield” “The Man”- Head of Apple Records US, Award winning Producer
There are many stories about Waylon . . . the family man, the creative genius man, the quiet man, the king-of-the-six-day-roar-man, the uncommon man, the legendary man…

I thought I knew Waylon but I met all of him for the first time in these gutsy and poignant pages. I rode shotgun with the “Hoss” for five years as his producer and close friend – but Terry Jennings was his first-born and was with him for the long ride – a father and son story.

People called Waylon many different names over the years – some in jest, some in anger, some in love but Terry simply called him his “Ol Man.”

Forget the books by wannabe outsiders and biographies with agendas – this one let’s you hear the music, feel the road, get your parts a little dirty and…walk away with a whole lot of Texas on ya!
Ken Mansfield – Author, Award winning Producer, Former U.S. Manager Apple Records

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Tony Ray Jones

From the age of 12 his vision for life involved being a singer and musician. As a child, he would imagine he was standing before a large crowd singing for them, making them laugh, and making them happy.

Of course, this was not a vision he could realize overnight. Instead, the road to where he is today required many years of hard work and artistic growth.

Their studio started in 2005 as the result of a tragic accident. Tony fell to the ground from the roof of a three-story house and he should not be alive today.

“The injury changed my life. I had no way to earn a living and no direction. I was unable to walk for over a year, but at some point during that year, I began to get past the shock and stop wondering why it had happened to me or what was next for my life. I began to view the accident as a blessing instead of a barrier.” says Tony

“My lifelong desire was to become a professional performer. I wanted to become a singer, songwriter and musician, and I traveled and performed throughout the United States for over two decades. I spent many years working for the Opryland Talent Agency here in Nashville. Music has been my life and my calling since the age of twelve.”

“However, the responsibility of a new family, discovering my faith and eventually, my injuries from the accident changed all of that. After so many years on the road, I put my life as a musician and performer on hold and devoted myself to a new career. While the accident caused great damage to my body, it also enhanced my vision for the future. It was a blessing in disguise – the boost I needed to change the direction of my dream.”

“I became resourceful and made the most out of my situation and the talents God had given me. In 2005, I set up a studio in my kitchen and began creating music again. I was able to record quality songs for publishers; I began doing voice-over work and created guitar demos for friends.”

Advances in technology have changed the way he records music, and in turn, it changed his life. Tony was able to use his computer and a small audio interface to record guitar and vocal demos.

With his experience and background as a performer, songwriter, producer and engineer now with a full production studio, he can now focus his energy on helping others achieve their dreams and goals while also serving his passion to create good music.

“I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and grew up in Mobile, Alabama. In 1978, I launched my professional career, performing with bands throughout the South. I was a side man in those days, playing guitar and banjo. And all through my early years as a musician, I planned on someday making the big move to Nashville.”

“1989 was a pivotal year for me. It was then I recorded “Three Wishes,” my first album, and began opening for Willie Nelson, Ed Bruce, Dan Seals, Sawyer Brown and other greats. I’ll never forget the night I played the Holiday Inn in Bryan College Station, and a man came up to me and said, “Hey, you’re pretty good!” That man was Tom T. Hall. Tom T. proceeded to invite me to open for him in Fort Hood, Texas. That Fort Hood show was phenomenal, and Tom T. remains one of my inspirations. In fact, it was after I spoke with him following the Fort Hood show that I finally decided to journey up to Nashville.”

“My 1989 vacation to Nashville changed my life. Above the legendary Grand Old Opry I saw a sign: “Opryland Talent Agency – Holding Auditions.” It was too exciting of an opportunity to pass…so they ended up hiring me! Specifically, the agency asked me to return in May 1990 to entertain on the General Jackson Showboat which is still in operation today.”

In Nashville Tony performed six days a week; he worked at Opryland Theme Park and Opryland Hotel in addition to the General Jackson Showboat. It was a tremendous experience, ideal for networking. It also helped him develop his own unique sound, a mixture of the musical styles he has loved since childhood: country, folk, blues and bluegrass.

“Sadly, Opryland Theme Park closed its doors in 1997. I decided to take a break from music and try new endeavors. I moved back to Texas, and by 1998 was serving as a staff member at International Gospel Outreach (IGO), a missionary agency based in Semmes, Alabama. This position allowed me to train people about to leave for missionary work in such places as Africa, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. I stayed with IGO for four years, and it was a fantastic place to work. They even let me travel around as a “musicianary” – that is, a musical missionary! During this period, I also graduated from the International College of Bible Theology.”

After IGO, Tony spent three years as an audio technician with a sound reinforcement company called DB Enterprise. “As fate would have it – and it definitely seemed like fate – my business partner Greg James asked me to start a new DB Enterprise branch in Nashville. I agreed immediately.”

“In Nashville, I worked as an audio engineer, and my wife Patty and I also started Backwoods Recording Studio, which was headquartered in the kitchen of our house.” says Tony

“Tony says: “I’m thrilled to spend my time these days writing songs and producing demos for Backwoods Recording Studio’s many gifted artists. I am now dedicated to using my musical knowledge, and my knowledge of the industry, to help others realize their musical dreams.”

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Steff Nevers

Born 1975 in Norway. Steff Nevers grew up in a little community called Modum where he developed a deep appreciation for music. As a young country boy he listened a lot to Kenny Rogers as his father was a big fan. With deep musical and artistic roots in the family it was no doubt what this young boy was destined to do. Steff’s grandfather was a musician and a violin-maker, this gave the young boy inspiration to study the art of classical violin. But after moving to the city Drammen in Norway he started playing guitar.

As a teenager he played in different local bands and started studying the arts of classical guitar. Steff became renowned for his good musical ear and exceptional guitar skills and was hired as a session guitarist in many occasions. At his young age he also won several classical guitar talent competitions.

It was merely accidental that Steff started singing in his early twenties. At a party with some friends they made him aware of his great country voice. He started digging into country and Bluegrass music and discovered a whole new world. Like so many others he found inspiration in Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson. This was the trigger for a career in country music.

In the summer 2007 Steff gets on a plane and flies to Nashville to do the recordings of his first album. The team in Nashville got him the best musicians available in the country music industry today.

After making a successful and highly acclaimed album an historic event took place. First country artist in Norwegian history to get signed with Universal Music in Norway.

In early 2009 they launched the album ‘Closest To MY Heart’ with one of the biggest PR campaigns in Norwegian history. Within 2 weeks the album went Gold and was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy.

After a rocket start in Steff’s career he was personally invited by the country star Toby Keith to support his European tour. When Toby was on stage he couldn’t say enough good things about Steff supporting his show.

The Year after Steff went to Nashville once again to record the follow up album. Again he produced the album himself and was yet again able to make a highly acclaimed album ‘Ain’t No Bad Life’.

Once again Steff was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy.
After touring Norway’s music scene he started to get noticed in the rest of Europe. Resulting in performances in countries like France, Germany, Scandinavia and Spain amongst others.

This led to a nomination by the British CMA award as ‘European artist of the year’ and 3 LDA Hall of fame awards.

In 2012 Steff’s team launch a live album ‘LIVE from the country’ with raving reviews. This album was very successful In north of Spain.

Almost all the songs on his albums has become a line dance. 2015 the last studio ‘Million Kinds of Heaven’ was released on his own label.

Now, Steff Nevers is planning on releasing new singles across the world.

Steff Nevers Social Media links:
​Website: www.steffnevers.com
Twitter: ​​https://twitter.com/steffnevers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steffnevers1
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/teamnevers
One Beer A Day (music video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nb0Yrwa-pQ
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/bn/artist/steff-nevers/id284847381
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2c8WxD9iu4SRKmU2UwbaMX

American Road

When American Road released their debut 5 song EP, “I Dream in Country”, in March of 2016, it was a big step. They hadn’t really built up a following as of yet, but felt getting their music out there first was the way to go.

The EP garnered great response and their debut single, “U.N.I.R. Country”, became a regular that spring/summer on Thunder 106.3 FM’s “High Octane” show on Friday nights. Soon they began to hear themselves all over the country on various internet radio stations.

Several New Jersey college stations got wind of them as well and put them into regular rotation.

The band then started getting calls to open for national acts at venues across the state.

To date, American Road has opened for Tyler Farr, Chase Rice and Parmalee and been nominated for 5 Josie Independent Music Awards. Not bad for a band barely 2 years old.

“I Dream In Country”
American Road  5 song EP, “I Dream in Country”

“We attribute any success we’ve had so far, to our songs. We believe in them as well as each other.” Instead of riding on the initial wave from the EP, American Road decided to get back into the studio. “We’ve just got so many songs to share with everyone. Our fans that love the EP are hungry to hear more and more.

A full length album is near completion and will be out by the upcoming holidays.

The CD will have 11 new songs. “Some of the songs on this cd have been part of our live shows for a while now. “The Weekend”, “Ain’t Enough Whiskey” and “Thicker Than Blood” are already fan favorites.

Along with even newer tunes like “Crazy Love”, “Brave and Free” and “Here and Now”, fans new and old will notice one thing that American Road has always been proud to show, diversity.

This album will have everything, ballads, rockers and songs to make you wanna dance. There will even be a lullaby. “Chase Your Dreams” and “One Kiss Away” go into areas even far more experienced bands wouldn’t go. “Since we first started, it was agreed we would come out swinging, holding nothing back. We love trying new things and seeing people’s reactions”.

Singer/Songwriter Criss Patrik, Drummer Michael Garbe, Guitarist John DiStase and Bassist Brian Michaels believe they’ve got something very special. “It’s a great combo of country and rock and roll, great stories and emotions with driving, catchy tunes”. They can’t wait to get this album out there, but won’t rush it. “We originally wanted this out by summer, but things just took longer than expected. We refused to put out something that we didn’t feel was 100% right”.

The album titled “Music and Words” easily shows American Road’s growth in just a short time. The songs stretch over a range of emotions and fans will have a hard time picking their favorite track. “We want to give everyone a cd that they can put in their stereo, press play and just let it play over and over. And of course we plan to continue doing our live showing support of the songs, bringing them to life.”

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Website – Americanroadmusic.com
Facebook – AmericanRoadBand
Twitter – AmericanRdBand
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YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCegMXoM1bzQGEiuE6cFsIbg

Brian “The Hat” Duckworth

My name is BRIAN “THE HAT” Duckworth. I am a Country and Swing Cover singer/songwriter. I was born April 1952 in Oldham, Lancashire, England and raised in a small cotton mill town called Middleton, 7 miles north of Manchester. My mother worked in one of the many cotton mills and my father worked for the north western electricity board. I was the youngest of two, my sister was 2 years and a half years older than me.

Growing up in the fifties I had an amazing childhood as I was born only 6 years after the end of WW2 when comradery was still high. No one had more than any one else, the tv had not yet gone on sale we only had a radio. No DVDs no computers or electronic games we had to make our own entertainment We had lots of street parties and it was safe for children to play out unsupervised.

My first introduction to Country music was listening to Jim Reeves on the Louisiana Hayride on the radio. or seeing Roy Rogers and Tex Ritter singing on the Saturday morning matinee for children at the local picture house. I first started singing when at the age of 12yrs old I joined the Middleton Parish Church Choir as an alto choirboy. It was to be the grounding for what would much later become an ambition.

I travelled to Salzburg Austria with the choir in 1965 to hear the Vienna Boys choir in concert and also to sing. We had music lessons at school but we did not have the encouragement that we should have had to take up an instrument so I never really took an interest other than singing. This is something I have come to regret over the years. At 15yrs I left school with no qualifications I guess I was a slow learner and as the classes had 35 to 40 kids in each subject the teachers did not have the time to spend going over things with individuals who could not understand.

I joined the army as a boy soldier straight from school rather than go into the cotton mill, which served me well as we went back to school and I gained the certificates that I had previously missed.

The sixties were great times for a young man growing up, we had the music revolution and the young people’s movement, Hippies, flower power, Ban the Bomb. mods and rockers biker gangs I was a rocker I didn’t like scooters, I laugh now just thinking about it.

My career started in the entertainment business in 1972, I started out working back stage as a Stage Assistant at my local Repertory Theatre where my love for the business quickly blossomed.

I spent the next few years touring around the UK working at various Theatres and gaining experience in the workings of shows achieving Stage Manager status. However it was not enough I wanted to be out there under the lights.

After a particular heavy weekend doing a change over of shows i had an argument with the Director over the set not being finished in time for Dress rehearsal which resulted in my being dismissed for arguing in front of the cast. This however proved be the turning point for me as the Director was an old friend of mine He immediately offered to give me small parts in plays and musicals I had found my vocation.

My stage Name back then was Brian Deane I thought it was better than my real surname Duckworth which I thought was too ordinary for the posters lol. Vain I know but hey you have to be a bit quirky in this business right.

I then started singing in Local bars and clubs which gave me a whole new outlook of this satisfying, exhilarating and sometimes cruel business that we love. Like most Artist’s in this business I had to take other jobs in between to help with raising a Family but the call of the stage was never far away.

Then in 2003 at the Age of 51 divorced and a free Spirit I moved to Kos Island Greece and started to rekindle my career as a singer.

Then in 2012 the economic crisis hit Greece so I as forced to move again, this time with my new Austrian Soul mate Silvia we moved to my present Location in Austria and started all over again to build a new performing platform.

I don’t think I’ll ever be a so called Star but hey the world is a whole lot different when you’re out there under the spotlight and long may I continue to enjoy it. I am now a member of the Texas Country Music Association.Inc which was a thrill to me to be invited… Me an Englishman lol.

I started to write songs just 3 years ago as now in my 60s I seem to have more time and patience. I have written about 10 or 12 songs up to now but I have only recorded and published 4 due to the cost involved in hiring musicians and studios this why I now regret not learning to play an instrument.

Still I am happy to be doing what I enjoy doing the most entertaining. If I have one piece of advice to give to any budding musician or songwriter it would be. Never lose sight of your goals in life never give up trying and it is never too late. Or as an old friend once said….
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy doing it today you can always do it again tomorrow.

Discography
Rock My Way To Heaven
May Be
Am I Wasting My Time
I’ll Just Run Away.

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W. Ed Harris

W. Ed Harris grew up in Miami, Florida, the oldest of five children. “We were fortunate in that we grew up in a modest home which was situated on a large lake. One of my fondest memories is of the time my dad and I had built a sailboat together. I’ll never forget the excitement the first day we put her in the water! I had a great childhood, and I had been blessed with a wonderful and supportive family”.

 Ed spent his childhood weekends mostly going exploring with friends, fishing, swimming, sailing, surfing, building forts, and playing music. “Every Saturday morning, we would be up before the sun, take off on our bikes and our parents would not see us again until just before sundown. Though I was an active kid, there was also an artistic side to me. I liked to draw, oil paint, and of course, play my guitar and mess around on the old “Story and Clark” upright piano we had. Music was always my greatest passion”.

 Ed was first introduced to the guitar around the age of 5. He credits his Mother in getting him interested in music at this early age. “Mom had purchased a small child-sized Stella parlor guitar from Sears I believe. I think she may have picked it up for herself initially, but having recognized my interest in music, soon encouraged me to play. Mom had a natural gift for music and had “perfect pitch”, and even though she had no formal music education, came up with the idea of tuning the guitar to an open chord”. Ed remembers that the very first song he learned on the guitar was ‘On Top of Old Smokey’. His mother had him place the small guitar flat on his lap and while singing the tune, teach him to listen for the chord changes. “The ingenious part in this teaching method was that by using the flat handle of a butter knife, I could simply lay the knife across a fret to make the chord changes when it was appropriate. This resulted in me being able to make music within a very short period of time while training my ear to listen for the chord changes. Also, without having to initially learn chord positions, endure sore fingers, and possibly give it up due to frustration, I believe this introduction to the guitar was paramount in making it a pleasurable experience initially for me”. It was a couple of years after this when Ed started piano lessons and began to read music. Around the age of twelve, Ed picked up the trumpet which he continued to play through college and as a young adult. “My mentors on the horn were Herb Alpert, Louis Armstrong, and Al Hirt. As a young adult, I performed with jazz ensembles, held first chair in orchestra for 5 years, and did a stint with the Drum and Bugle Corps for a while. Of course, I never stopped picking up the guitar and I always kept it close by”.

 Ed has never considered himself a vocalist. “Either, you are born with an exceptional voice or you’re not. I’m one of those who wasn’t and I’m ok with that. However, over time the voice does change, and I have been venturing out of my comfort zone recently. Though I am able to sing “on key” pretty well, and harmony has always come easy for me, I do consider myself an instrumentalist primarily”. Ed was always sought after as a backup musician and vocalist for this reason. “I was never one for being in the spotlight. What I enjoy most is the composition, arrangement, and musicality of a piece”.

 The guitar has remained Ed’s primary instrument throughout his life spanning 6 decades now. During this time, he studied Classical Guitar formally under the tutelage of Jose Serrano back in the late 70s while living in Arizona, studied music theory, played Jazz, and was in a few Folk, and Bluegrass bands. For the past 28 years, his focus has been on Celtic, Scottish, and Irish Music. “During the late 80s and most of the 90s, I volunteered as a sound engineer for the Fiddle and Bow Music Society. Fiddle and Bow was founded on Celtic Music and it was during this time I was richly introduced to this kind of traditional music. Since my heritage is Irish, it was a genre I immediately identified with”. Ed has picked up playing other instruments along the way and performs the instrumental work found on all his recordings. He has proficiencies in: Trumpet, Fiddle, Viola, Cello, Mandola, Mandolin, Piano, Acoustic Bass, Banjo, Recorder, Tin Whistle, Harmonica, Bouzouki, and Cittern among others. “It really isn’t that difficult in learning more than one instrument, especially if you already play an instrument. There are similarities between many instruments. For example, being a guitarist, and playing the fiddle, it’s not a stretch to play mandolin. The mandolin is fretted and shares similar hand coordination (chording and plectrum) and it shares the same tuning as the violin (fiddle)”. Asked about finding time to practice, Ed’s response is, “Practicing to me is like taking a shower, brushing my teeth, or breathing. I can’t imagine a day without practice. It’s not so much how many hours a day you practice, but it has more to do in how you practice and practice frequency. I also practice mentally as well. During the day I will visualize finger placement, phrasing, etc. which helps maximize practice when I am able to pick up an instrument. I have at times gone twelve hour stretches in practicing and other times I’ve practiced multiple short periods for only fifteen minutes or less each time but maybe twenty times during the day. I would leave the instrument out and every time I walk by it, pick it up and go over a passage, etc. Practice is different for every musician”.

 For Ed, music has always been personal, and he prefers being far removed from the competitiveness. “I remember playing for chairs in orchestra and then having to compete to keep first chair”. Sure, a little competition is a good thing and it does help keep a person motivated. I get it. However, I always had issue with competition in regard to artistic expression. Always seemed to me there was something not quite right with that”. There is no vanity in Ed’s music. The passion he has for the art is readily apparent. Ed has developed the ability to make his instrument an extension of himself; the vehicle by which he is most comfortable in expressing himself. He is able to convey and evoke profound emotion in the listener. “One of the biggest challenges I have found for a instrumentalist is to communicate an emotion using only the instrument that will connect with the listener on some level. People relate readily to vocals and lyrics, but it is more of a challenge to evoke emotion using instrumentation only”.

  “New technology is impacting the music industry and creating challenges for artists unlike we’ve ever seen before. We now have a generation that do not need to spend money for music. The upside is that indie artists now have more tools and resources available to them than they ever had before”. Ed adds that, “Although these new technologies have made possible for just about anyone to create music without having to play an instrument, performance will never become old-fashioned”. Ed states that he doesn’t perform much anymore, and that he has always enjoyed being in the studio more. However, he enjoys taking part in traditional Irish Sessions publicly that take place in nearby towns. “Music has always been central in my life, and I’ve elected not to pursue it at a professional level but simply as an avocation. For me, it eliminates the anxiety and competitiveness inherent to it, and it gives me complete freedom to pursue music for the sheer enjoyment in making music. I never want to lose that. I’ve always maintained that if my music makes a connection at some level, then it’s all worthwhile. However, I’m not pressured trying to build a fan base or worry about maintaining and keeping everyone happy”.

 Ed is passionate about music and believes that it should be used for good and that it should be shared. “Music has always provided me great enjoyment and sanctuary from the challenges of everyday life. I chose not to pursue music as a career for fear that in doing so, it would take some of the enjoyment out of it. I made the choice many years ago to keep it as an avocation and not try to make a living from it. I have a great deal of respect for those who have done so however. Though I have no regrets in this decision, if I was able do it over again, I think I would have studied music formally to become a composer. I am happy where I am musically, and I can’t imagine my life without it. I am content in that I truly create, record, and share music out of the sheer joy and love I have in doing it and not because I’m trying to get discovered or because it is something I have to do. I am truly free creatively, and that to me is my ‘happy place’. It truly is liberating. I’m just grateful that I’m still able to do what I love doing, and I will continue to do so for as long as I can. It’s been a fantastic ride of which I have met some very talented and wonderful artists and folks along the journey”! 

 

Websites and Social Media:

Personal Music Website: Wedharris.com

Reverbnation.com/wedharris

SoundCloud.com/wedharris

YouTube.com/wedharris

Twitter: @EdHarrisMusic

Instagram: Instagram.com/EdHarrisMusic

 

Discography:

“Two Rivers” released Jan. 2014 (Traditional and Contemporary Celtic Music featuring solo guitar, flute, fiddle, and more) – HarrisMusic label

“Celticophilia” released Jan. 2015 (Traditional and Contemporary Celtic Music) – HarrisMusic label

“The New Bern Seisiúns” released Feb. 2016 (Traditional Irish/Celtic Sesssion Music) – HarrisMusic label – Album nominated “Celtic Album of the Year by INEC, Scotland

“Reflections of the Heart” released Feb. 2017 (Contemporary Celtic Music) – HarrisMusic label

“The Well Below the Valley” – released Aug. 2017 (Traditional Celtic) – HarrisMusic label

“Celtic Christmas Reflections” – released Sep. 2016 (Celtic Christmas Music) – HarrisMusic label

 

 Film (Soundtracks):

“Crawdad Slip” – Documentary – Folk Films, Inc.

“New Life” – Documentary – Folk Films, Inc.

“8 Weeks in March” – Documentary – Folk Films, Inc.

 Audio and Sound Effect Projects:

“Theatrikos – Radio Theater 2013

“Inner Sanctum”, “Time Machine”, “Fibber & Molly”, Flash Gordon”

 Associations/Affiliations:

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.)

Fiddle & Bow Music Society

Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society

Arizona Irish Music Society

Grand Canyon Music Traditions Society

Four Peaks Irish Arts Council

Special Thank You to Sheri Lynn for introducing Ed to the magazine

Greg Roberts

Nitty Gritty ,who is Greg Roberts was born in Memphis Tennessee and now residing in Somerville Tennessee where he calls home. He brings a unique style of country rap and he is pioneering music for the horse community which includes himself.

His new single “3 up and 1 down” and the music video have taken the horse community on Facebook by storm and is virally spreading with over 200k views and over 4000 shares in a short period of time.

Since the release he has done interviews with “Nashville Entertainment weekly tv” and “The standardbred connection”.

Greg has been asked to be the first artist to perform at “Big Guns smoking the trails” which is the biggest Racking horse event of the year! This event attracts people from all over the world! Nitty Gritty has more songs and is completing his album titled “horse talk”.

The fans (under 18 – 55 +)say that they can’t get enough of “3 up 1 down ” and are craving more from him!

Video – greg-roberts-3-1/

https://www.facebook.com/gregrobertsNG/

Https://Instagram.com/nittygrittygreg_roberts

PETER GRAIGS

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, recording artist and multi-instrumentalist PETER GRAIGS is a force to be reckoned with while on the fretboard of any guitar in his hands. Growing up in Canada and now re-located to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Peter Graigs grew up listening to the music that drove the ‘80’s: Rock, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

His musical heroes include iconic guitarists Randy Rhoads, Eric Clapton, Al Di Meola and legendary drummer Tommy Aldridge. Like many other rockers, he also listens to the occasional Classical piece for inspiration.

Peter Graigs has had years of live concert performance experience and recording sessions with such bands as Wired, Sillian, Trax, G13 Band and Scars of Grace. He immersed himself in music early on and expertly mastered playing guitar, bass and drums. Unfortunately his career in music had to take a back seat, as he was sidelined for a decade following a traumatic parachute accident.

Throughout his career, Peter Graigs has performed on television programs as well as live concerts throughout North America at prestigious venues such as Spectrum de Montreal (audience 2,500), Cote de Neige (audience 10,000) and Auditorium de Verdun (audience 15,000).

His new album “The Beginning of the End” is his latest creation and one which is not to be missed.

https://petergraigs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/petergraigsmusic
http://www.twitter.com/petergraigs
http://www.youtube.com/petergraigs
http://www.soundcloud.com/petergraigs