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.
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 released his fourth full-length album, Lightyears, which includes co-writes with Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Tyler Lyle and Joe Gil among others. The LP also features guest appearances by John Mayer, Indie.Arie and Nikka Costa. “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.”
Glide is premiering the video for “Shelter,” which gives us a personal view of Harris’ searing musicianship, along with his poignant vocals that not only provide valuable insight but also make a lasting impression upon first listen.
“Shelter is like my ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water, ” says Harris. A song to celebrate closeness, loyalty and security, whether platonic, familial, or romantic says Harris. “I always envision two hearts huddled tight in hiding, waiting for a storm to pass. I wrote it with Derek Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeschi down at their place in Jacksonville, FL.”
David Ryan Harris Tour Dates
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 Tyler Lyle