VIDEO — Although singer and guitarist Jordan Harrison Baron, aka Harrison B., grew up only an hour from Nashville, Tenn., it took moving away to find his own musical voice.
Although singer and guitarist Jordan Harrison Baron, aka Harrison B., grew up only an hour from Nashville, Tenn., it took moving away to find his own musical voice.
"I always kind of had an ear for (music)," Baron says. "Singing was something that I did as a hobby. I had been in a few bands playing country music because it was simple to write and, being in Nashville, I was inundated with it."
Baron decided that he needed a change of scenery to find his voice. So he packed up and drove the more than 3,400 miles from Nashville to Juneau, Alaska.
"I got there and didn't play for five to six months," Baron says. "When I picked up the guitar again and played an open mic, the voice that came out surprised me. It felt like myself and my own personal style. I've been chasing that idea ever since."
Baron refers to the style as "progressive American soul."
"It's progressive in that we take hip-hop and indie rock influences — things that are happening now — and extrapolate that into traditional American song forms.
"Soul is there because, as a singer, that's my delivery. I pour everything I've got into every note."
Harrison B. will play his progressive American soul music at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Lounge South, 66 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The cover is $free.
Baron is now based back in Nashville, but his heart still belongs to Alaska.
"I started going back repeatedly because I made some friends, and you can make money to stay alive playing in that state," Baron says. "Plus, I loved it. It's the wildest, biggest, craziest place you ever saw."I fell in love with it. Well, more like lust, I reckon."
When he tours, Baron brings a little bit of the Juneau music scene with him in the form of drummer Cole Paramore and bassist J.R. Rosales. The trio have performed together for a little more than a year.
In September, Baron released his second LP, "Down at Brown's." The album was recorded live at the general store in his hometown of Lacassus.
"We tried to really capture the feeling of being in that old general store," Baron says. "It's a little more lo-fi (than the debut "Harrison B. LP"), but that's on purpose."
For live sets, Baron describes the experience as immersive.
"Our show's going to be full of energy, and I'm all about creating connections," Baron says. "We're definitely much livelier than some of the recordings have displayed in the past. For us, if we're going to be at Lounge South, we're going to be at Lounge South, and we're going to do everything we can to make it as intimate as possible for the people that come out.
"I want people to come share in these songs. I want them to ask me questions afterward if they've got them, and I want to make sure that we have a good time representing a different kind of music."