Featured Artist Interview – Bry Harris from the Parrot Island Band

Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 6:02 am
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Our sit down interview with this week’s Featured Artist – Bry Harris from the Parrot Island Band


(TRB)Where are you based these days?
(BH) We live in Acworth, Georgia  …. about 50 miles NW of Atlanta.

(TRB)Do you have a Regular Gig where your fans can always find you?
(BH) While we have had a very busy year, most of our gigs are private, corporate, country club or neighborhood events. We try to make several out of town trips each year and for the past few tears we have been asked to play a few Parrot head events each year (ie Trop Rocks the Smokies, TropStock, Phins on the James, A1A Beaches Parrothead club’s Beach Bash and we are scheduled to play Music on the Bay in 2013).

(TRB)Do you have any current projects in the works?
(BH) We have plenty of songs ready for our 2nd CD, just trying to figure out the best way for us to get them recorded… I have really fallen in love with the ukulele over the past year or so (I am now one of the official music endorsers for Eddy Finn Ukuleles) and I am hoping that our next CD will  feature a lot of ukulele, steel pan and congas.

(TRB)What was your major influence for pursuing a career in Trop Rock?
(BH) When I was in high school, I was a huge Jimmy Buffett fan (Jimmy’s music helped me through  some difficult times as a teenagers, providing a great  means of escape.). At our high school graduation, I was named (tongue in cheek), “most likely to open for Jimmy Buffett”. I did continue to play in bars and restaurants while in college (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA) but after college settled down and drifted away from music for a number of years.

After a more than 25 year break from music, I saw an advertisement for Peter Mayer at a Christmas concert in Atlanta. After attending the concert, I brushed off the dust on my guitar and started playing some really small gigs and it has grown to more and bigger gigs each year.

(TRB)And the question everyone asks, with such a variance of answers. Who are/were your musical influences now and getting started?
(BH) I grew up listening to Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, the Eagles, Jim Croce, Dan Fgelberg, Three Dog Night, Grand Funk Railroad, Harry Chapin… a lot of the singer/songwriter musicians, I’m sure I have left out some but this is a pretty good list to start with…

Currently, I love music by folks like Howard Livingston, Rob Mehl, Jimmy Parrish, Mac McAnally  Mark Mulligan, and one of the sweetest voices of Trop Rock, Paul Roush (and still, after all these years… Jimmy Buffett)

(TRB)Who, if possible, would you like to perform with?
(BH) Jimmy Buffett!  And Howard Livingston quickly come  to mind but there are many of the Trop Rock guys/gals that I would be thrilled to play with…

(TRB)What is the one place that you have on your Bucket List of Venues to play?
(BH) Any of the Margaritavilles, Lulu’s, a cruise ship… I have several of the Trop Rock events on my list… oh, I’m sorry- did you say name ONE? 😉

(TRB)Tell us about your most memorable performance.
(BH) We opened the first Trop Stock and on Sunday morning there was a worship service on the river.  Jim and Peter Mayer, Nadirah Shakoor, and Doyle Grisahm of the Coral Reefers were there (as well as a number of other top notch Trop Rockers).  Doyle Grisham was kind enough to play along on a song I had written for the event… backed up by Doyle Grisham… THAT was cool!

Second most memorable, National managers convention for Carmike Cinemas, held in Myrtle Beach, SC.

(TRB)What is the best way for your fans to stay in touch?
(BH) You can keep up with us on Facebook  at  http://www.facebook.com/ParrotIslandBand and also on our website at www,parrotislandband.com (where I also do a little blogging… send me you ideas, questions… would love to hear from our friends)


Trop On!

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