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Performer is super excited to be premiering the amazing new video for “Us” by David Ryan Harris.
Harris says of the track, “‘Us’ is a simple song of two people in love, against the world. They’re foolish and brave enough to bet on themselves and the love that they’ve found.”
Ah, to be young and in love. And how about that tasty guitar? David, a word of advice. Our editor is a guitar junkie, so if you bring that around the office, don’t expect to get it back. Watch the video below and check out Harris’ full tour schedule after the jump. Enjoy!▼ Article continues below ▼
David Ryan Harris. “Sounds like a law firm, tastes like analog tape,” says the soul singer/songwriter and guitarist. “I heard music, melodies and stories in my head as a child. It never went away and I hope it never does,” he says.
Born in Chicago and raised in Atlanta, David was drawn to the blues after hearing songs by Son House, Robert Johnson and others. Growing up at a time when Prince, Parliament-Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder and other musicians were stretching the boundaries of popular music, he began to understand that music could not and should not be limited by our often narrow views of what it should be.
In 1991, David co-founded Follow For Now, a band that combined all of the influences that had been shaping his musical vision: Bad Brains meets Stevie Wonder and Public Enemy in Memphis. While the band had a short life, it was David’s launching pad, as it allowed him to taste the fruits of such a strange mess of musical ingredients. He signed to Columbia Records in 1997, released a self-titled record and began to spread his wings as an artist, writer and producer. In 2000, he signed to Elektra with the band Brand New Immortals. Shortly after releasing an album, the label folded and the band followed suit.
Today, David Ryan Harris calls Los Angeles home, but is internationally recognized for playing guitar and singing in John Mayer’s band from 2004-2012. He has also had the pleasure of writing with, playing with and/or producing artists from Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Derek Trucks, Santana, Marc Broussard, and Guy Sebastian. Most recently, he produced and co-wrote six songs on Indie.Arie‘s album, Songversation.
Since his major label days, David has independently released many singles and solo albums, including the wildly popular 2007 LP, The Bittersweet. On October 23, 2015, he’ll release his fourth full-length album, Lightyears, which includes co-writes with Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Joe Gil among others. “Lightyears is me sending up a flare into the darkness from where I live,” says David. It’s a soulful look into my life. My past and how it informs my present. My sense of hope, my sense of humor.”
David takes Lightyears on the road this fall throughout the US. “This tour will be a bare bones, intimate, flying without a net representation (and interpretation) of all the music I’ve written over the last few years with a few choice covers here and there.” Special guests on the tour will be Melissa Polinar and Tyler Lyle.
10.22 Houston, TX @ Dosey Doe Music Cafe ^
10.23 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s ^
10.24 Nashville, TN @ The Basement ^
10.25 Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic ^
10.27 Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
10.28 Boston, MA @ Cafe 939 ^
10.29 New York, NY @ SOB’s ^
10.30 Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel ^
11.03 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern #
11.04 Minneapolis, MN @ Amsterdam #
11.05 Ames, IA @ Maintenance Shop #
11.06 Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s #
11.07 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake #
11.08 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
11.10 Portland, OR @ Mission Theater #
11.11 Seattle, WA @ Sunset #
11.12 Bend, OR @ Astro Lounge #
11.13 San Francisco, CA @ Brick + Mortar #
11.14 Sacramento, CA @ Torch Club #
11.15 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #
11.17 Long Beach, CA @ Federal Bar #
11.18 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar #
11.19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite #
^ with Melissa Polinar
# with Tyler Lyle