Daily Discovery: Will Payne Harrison, “Clarity”

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ARTIST: Will Payne Harrison

SONG: “Clarity”

HOMETOWN: Lafayette, Louisiana

CURRENT LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

AMBITIONS: Currently, I am working with musicians I believe in behind the scenes. My ambition is to get these wonderful musicians heard and hopefully ride the wave of success with my own music.

TURN-OFFS: Clanky bass tones, forced lyrics, apathetic singers. The word “sultry” when describing female singers.

TURN-ONS: I saw Andrew Combs play Musician’s Corner here in Nashville the other day and he definitely gave me a musical boner. He and his band are some of the most tasteful musicians and his lyrics are phenomenal. Listen and you’ll see what I mean.

DREAM GIG: I kind of already had it. I went out on the road playing bass for Matt Butcher & the Schoolyard Band opening for the Avett Brothers. But for me personally, Merle Fest or opening for Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings is definitely up there along with touring in the UK.

FAVORITE LYRIC: “The History books won’t get it right, there will be some people who believe I had a reason to fight, but the truth is change is hard and I just needed some time.” Civil War song by My Politic

SONG I WISH I WROTE: Any song Steve Earle has written, but definitely “Devil’s Right Hand” or “Galway Girl”

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Lyle Lovett, Jimmy C. Newman, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Steve Earle.

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Without a doubt, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in Tulsa, OK. Usually halfway through arena concerts I’m ready to go. When they finished their encore, I remember thinking “that’s it?”. They’re just that captivating.

I WROTE THIS SONG BECAUSE… I received a fairly critical review in a publication that my songs are too much shit-kicking and not enough depth. This song was a reaction to that. Writing well is the best revenge. After all, he was probably right.