Nashville based Roots and Americana artist Will Payne Harrison’s new album, East Nashville Blues, is ten tracks of Roots, Folk, Bluegrass and Americana calling to mind the likes Willie Nelson (with tracks such as High As Willie), Merle Haggard, and John Prine. Recorded in East Nashville at Magnolia Sons Studios, East Nashville Blues was produced by Peter Jacobs and Will Payne Harrison with a cast of East Nashville Americana/Bluegrass heavyweights.
Since moving from Louisiana to Nashville, Harrison has toured the South and East Coast, performed at festivals, made radio appearances, hosted songwriter’s nights and even co-wrote a song landing in the feature film Black Beauty starring Luke Perry. Will Payne Harrison’s first single from Louisiana Summer, “Clarity” was featured as a Daily Discovery at American Songwriter. After its May release, East Nashville Blues reached the top 200 on Americana radio.
"Easy, clean and humble, this, his follow-up to Louisiana Summer, is well-written but simple." - Offbeat, New Orleans, LA
"Harrison follows in the footsteps of his heroes, telling stories that can make you smile right before they make you cry. Willie Nelson and John Prine would be proud." - Mother Church Pew, Nashville, TN
"East Nashville Blues lets Will Payne Harrison get 'Lost in the Sway' on a weaving fiddle run as he ponders a 'Strange Contradiction' regarding life in the fast lane, and quietly walks down Woodland Avenue into 5 Points after a night of drinking asking a companion to 'Stay with Me'." - The Alternate Root Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
"Keep an eye out for the new album... You won’t want to miss it!”– No Country For New Nashville, Nashville, TN
“If you don’t know Will, you should. American Songwriter recently featured the Americana-Folk-Alt Country singer and guitarist as one of their Daily Discoveries.” – The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, Louisiana
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-Brian Baker, CityBeat Cincinnati