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RealTracks Artist Bio: Mike Harrison
Guitarist, producer, and songwriter Mike Harrison is PG Music's RealTracks producer in Nashville, Tennessee. He learned the guitar as a 10-year old, playing "hillbilly" music with his father back home in Chandler, Indiana. This led to playing in Rock 'n' Roll bands during his high-school years, and then forming a touring Country band with his singer/songwriter wife Julie and moving to Nashville. They toured as an opening act for many leading artists, with TV appearances on The Nashville Network and The Grand Ole Opry, until it was time to settle in Nashville as musicians and producers with their own studio, Harrison House.
The studio is particularly known for encouraging young artists, but its lineup of clients includes both newcomers and established artists, from Country music legends John Conlee and Joe Sun to Trace Atkins, Miranda Lambert, Dusty Drake, Keith Burns (Trick Pony, Burns Poe), Kyle Rainer, The Leavin' Brothers, Chris Nole, and the Burchfield Brothers. As the Nashville producer for PG Music's RealTracks, Mike also welcomes a steady parade of A-list session players to Harrison House.
Songwriters like Casey Beathard (BMI Songwriter of the Year), Jack Fischer (Penguins on a Rock), Jamie Kyle, and Dan DeMay are among those who value the wealth of talent and years of expertise that Mike brings to their sessions, not the least of which is his own songwriting talent. Mike has released an outstanding first CD of original guitar compositions, "Mike Harrison Songs," available at cdbaby, cduniverse, and on iTunes.
This CD beautifully showcases Mike's versatility and virtuosity on the guitar. From those first "hillbilly" lessons with his father, to his introduction to Jazz with David Tester, and study with the late great bebop guitarist Jimmy Raney, plus countless hours on stage and in the studio, Mike has become a true master of his instrument - as attested to by the likes of Brent Mason, John Jarvis, and Glen Duncan.
You could run into Mike anywhere there are guitars and music in Nashville - in the studio, on his blog for Gibson guitars, or playing out with his Jazz trio. He is also developing his own Jazz guitar teaching method for future publication.
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