I’ve done a good job of not talking about Harry’s lineage. I have restrained from talking about his famous progenitor because I didn’t want it to eclipse Harry’s talent and contribution to the band…
But I feel like I can talk about that now because Harrison Moses Barrow has shown everyone what he is capable of. First and foremost, as a musician, Harry is a phenomenal keyboard player. Just like you want a keyboard player to be; Harry is dedicated (he used to travel with an upright piano…which for those of you keeping score is heavy), he’s swift and inventive with his fingers on the piano and he loves what he does. He loves getting the right sounds dialed in; when you’re on the road that really changes the game because every sound system is different and each room responds differently.
Harry also is a fabulous arranger on par with Jack Nitzsche or George Martin. He can write a string score, a horn part or help organize vocal harmonies with a deft and definite ear that will just make your ears swim. His groove is a deep groove too. Harry lets that backbone slip, he use his neck just like a whip.
When it comes to the stage, Harry is the spit and image of The Killer. He regularly is overcome by the spirit of fire and stands up (kicking out whatever he’s been sitting on) singing like a hurricane the whole time. He really is a fancy tie that brings the whole suit of the band together. I feel like if he had a shock of blonde, curly hair there would be some folks that would fall out from thinking they’d seen a ghost. But it is not he who has passed dear friend, it is the one and only Harrison Asa Barrow.
He’s also a sweet man. He makes me laugh out loud right when I need it. Be it a funny diatribe about how wonderful Taco Bell is or a hilarious take on something commonplace like shoes, Harry makes the long drives a tiny bit shorter.
The Deacon brings the church. He’s a one-man, portable artillery battalion of soulfulness. So go on son, invert those chords and draw that fire in a straight line right into every human temple that passes through the venue doors.
It is because of this that, at long last, I can share with you that Harrison Aloysius Barrow is related to…aw heck, ask him yourself when you see him. He’ll tell you all about it.